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Mitchell A. Orenstein

Mitchell A. Orenstein

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Mitchell A. Orenstein, Professor of Russian and East European Studies and Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and author of The Lands in Between: Russia vs. the West and the New Politics of Hybrid War (Oxford University Press, 2019.

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  1. Why Orbán Won Again
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    Why Orbán Won Again

    Apr 5, 2022 Dorottya Szikra & Mitchell A. Orenstein say that Hungary’s strongman can rely on more than media control and a rigged electoral system.

  2. Why Won't Eastern Europeans Get Vaccinated?
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    Why Won't Eastern Europeans Get Vaccinated?

    Nov 8, 2021 Kristen Ghodsee & Mitchell A. Orenstein argue that low inoculation rates reflect not the legacy of communism, but rather the legacy of its collapse.

  3. Will Women Overthrow Europe’s Last Dictator?
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    Will Women Overthrow Europe’s Last Dictator?

    Aug 4, 2020 Mitchell A. Orenstein & Valery Yakubovich ask whether Aleksandr Lukashenko, Belarus’s first and only president since 1994, has finally met his match.

  4. Revolutions for Whom?
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    Revolutions for Whom?

    Nov 1, 2019 Kristen Ghodsee & Mitchell A. Orenstein note that in many post-communist countries, GDP per capita remains below its level 30 years ago.

  5. The Russians Are Coming
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    The Russians Are Coming

    May 24, 2019 Mitchell A. Orenstein reviews three recent books on the origins and conduct of the Kremlin’s political war against the West.

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    Is Putin in Peril?

    From alternate-reality annexations to fresh nuclear threats, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems more desperate than ever to project an image of strength after a string of battlefield defeats. As Ukrainian forces advance on Russian-occupied territories and hundreds of thousands of draft-age Russian men flee the Kremlin’s “partial mobilization,” we asked PS commentators to assess his prospects.

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    Liz Truss’s Backward Vision of the Future

    Diane Coyle argues that the new UK government will never cure what ails the British economy by living in the past.
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    The State Is Taking Back Energy

    Nick Butler sees increased government intervention in the sector as necessary but too often suboptimal.
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    The Stabilizing Effect of Inflation

    Daniel Gros explains why, despite the disruptions caused by monetary tightening, a financial crisis is unlikely.
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    Germany’s Emerging War Economy

    Dalia Marin outlines how the country can transform its economy and help Europe achieve strategic autonomy.
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    Japan’s Post-Abe Trust Crisis

    Akira Kawamoto explains how Fumio Kishida’s embattled government can regain public confidence and boost economic growth.
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    Liz Truss vs. the Bank of England

    Shang-Jin Wei explains how UK policymakers can prevent a financial crisis by helping pensioners and homeowners.
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    What’s Happened to China’s Economy?

    Zhang Jun worries that weakened incentives for local-government policy innovation are undermining dynamism and growth.
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    Women, Life, Freedom, and the Left

    Slavoj Žižek

    Four recent global news stories have revealed the varieties of women’s empowerment, showing how the politics of sex and gender can either challenge or reinforce existing power structures. For Western liberals, understanding these dynamics will be crucial to beating back the new right.

    shows how four recent news events highlight the failings of Western progressives to counter the far right.

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