Publications by Paul A. Goble

Putinís Failure in Crimea, by Prof. Paul Goble

Publication Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his supporters in Moscow and the West are explaining and justifying his invasion of Ukraine's Crimea in various ways and celebrating the divisions and weaknesses of the West that it has highlighted, but in every case, they are treating it as a geopolitical victory for the Kremlin. They could not be more wrong.  {read more}

Sochi Marks the Return of Soviet-Style Megaprojects

Publication Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Even before he was chosen to lead the CPSU and hence the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev in December 1984 said he opposed the kind of megaprojects Soviet leaders had used up to then and favored instead more balanced development, a shift in attitude that informed his subsequent decision to block Siberian river diversion.  {read more}

Prof. Paul Goble examines the question of how many ethnic Russians are Muslims

Publication Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Few issues are more explosive than the question of how many ethnic Russians are Muslims, because such converts are often thought to be especially inclined to and useful for terrorist activities and because such conversions challenge assumptions about links between Russianness and Orthodoxy and highlight weaknesses in Russian national identity.  {read more}

Kremlin expands and exploits its ties with extreme right in Europe, says Prof. Paul Goble

Publication Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013

Recent statements by leaders of right-wing parties in European Union countries in support of Moscow's position on Ukraine highlight a disturbing new reality: the rapprochement between these parties and Russian politicians and the possibility that the Kremlin is actively supporting them as allies against the West, according to a Russian blogger.  {read more}

If Putin really wanted to integrate Russia, he'd build decent roads, says Prof. Paul Goble

Publication Date: Monday, December 9, 2013

President Vladimir Putin talks a lot about the risks of the disintegration of the Russian Federation, but if he were really interested in integrating the country, he would talk less and build better roads and highways, something that the new Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum shows he has not done.  {read more}

Prof. Paul Goble discusses the question of who is trying to destabilize Tatarstan

Publication Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Developments in Tatarstan and the way they are being reported in the Russian media raise the most troubling of questions: Who is trying to destabilize that Middle Volga republic and toward what ends?  None of the answers that have been suggested so far are reassuring.  {read more}

Moscow's bullying of Ukraine undermines Putinís neo-imperialist projects, says Prof. Paul Goble

Publication Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

By bullying Kyiv to put off signing an EU association agreement, Russian President Vladimir Putin may have won a battle but he has lost the war, commentators say, because his actions now will make it far less likely that other former Soviet republics will be attracted to one or another of his neo-imperial projects.  {read more}

Prof. Paul Goble discusses Moscow's view of clans in the North Caucasus

Publication Date: Monday, June 10, 2013

Having long viewed clans in the North Caucasus republics as "a powerful stabilizing factor" and the basis of "authoritarian power 'in the localities,'" Moscow now views them as a threat because their corruption and close ties with the criminal world is "harming the image of the federal authorities," according to a Memorial analyst.  {read more}

Prof. Paul Goble discusses the impending extinction of the Karaim people

Publication Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Karaims, an ancient people surrounded in mystery because of their combination of Jewish, Christian and Muslim characteristics, are at the edge of extinction in both Ukraine and the Russian Federation, a situation that neither Kyiv nor Moscow seems ready or able to combat.  {read more}

Prof. Paul Goble discusses Soviet anti-religious efforts

Publication Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

In a conclusion with obvious implications for the current situation not only for the Russian Orthodox but also for other faiths, a Moscow commentator argues that the Soviets were unable to destroy popular Christianity by killing priests but succeeded in doing so after they had established a loyal and dependent Orthodox hierarchy.  {read more}

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