Stuck in a Stalemate: The Unending Conflict and Its Political Quagmire

This article delves into the heart of the matter, exploring the profound and grim complexities of a war that defies resolution. Drawing parallels with the trench warfare of WWI, the narrative emphasizes the stalemate, where both sides lack the resources for a decisive offensive but possess the will to persist defensively. The analysis underscores the stark realities of the war, highlighting the recruitment efforts, resource constraints, and the implausibility of a military victory. As the conflict’s gravity endures, it becomes increasingly apparent that the only feasible endgame lies in political negotiations, even as the article warns of the formidable challenges and the absence of a viable interlocutor on one side of the table.

Desertion in Russia Army: Survival and a Brewing Revolution

In contemporary Russia, a surge in military desertion is driven by soldiers seeking an escape from the dire conditions and senseless conflict in Ukraine. Society’s perception of desertion shifts from condemnation to admiration. As this phenomenon unfolds, it hints at a potential societal upheaval in Russia, driven by a restless population yearning to break free from a conflict that offers no hope.

Lossing Russia is easier than making it lose a war

Instead of solely draining Russia’s authoritarian institution, the current sanctions drain their democratic alternatives even more. As a result, after inevitably losing the war with Ukraine, Russia will become a poorer, more authoritarian, and hostile society united by an even stronger desire for retribution. To avert this outcome, there should be an acknowledgment that the unreformed Soviet institutions uphold Russia’s autocracy. I argue that the theories of economic transitions that guided the creation of the Russian modern private sector provide clear theoretical guidance on optimal sanctioning today. Russia’s state higher education and science is an excellent frontier where these optimal sanctions can be tested.

Доказательная государственная политика: опыт Австралии

Роль административных данных для проведения политики во всём мире трудно переоценить. Исследователи, получая данные по конкретному региону или сообществу, используют их, чтобы сделать жизнь конкретных людей лучше. Таким исследователем в Австралии работает Сергей Алексеев.

Australian alcohol tax system impedes public health policy

There is no effective policy tool to regulate drinking in Australia. Policymakers have to engage in politically expensive processes to regulate one product. Alcohol abuse imposes an enormous health burden on the community. The acute burden of abuse is felt mainly by the young, a disproportionate number of whom are killed through accident and misadventure. Getting alcohol policy right means getting the system of taxation right. While the complexity of the Australian system of taxation of alcohol has been criticized for decades, our new study shows that our tax system is incapable of delivering an effective policy response to the problem of alcohol use by young people.