In Central Asia, The Internet Is a Superior Good

In a recent study, Chyi and Yang found Americans consider the internet an economically inferior good to newspaper content and television coverage. In other words, given increased income Americans will favor newspapers and television as a news source over the internet. The study suggested that while people have no greater emotional attachment to any particular medium, a combination of presentation and ease of access makes print media and television a more favorable way to consume daily information.
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Sorting out Sino-Russian Relations and Central Asia: 欢迎! Добро пожаловать! Welcome!

Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Moscow – only eight days after his installation as president of China, and his first foreign visit as Zhongnanhai’s new laoban (boss) – has resulted in extensive commentary concerning the current state of Sino-Russian ties, the implications of the “strategic partnership” for the United States, and myriad lists of historic and contemporary irritants which could either buttress or derail the relationship. Continue reading Sorting out Sino-Russian Relations and Central Asia: 欢迎! Добро пожаловать! Welcome!

Coburn, Congress & Austerity: Defunding Area Studies Research

US federal defunding of academic research programs is a topic of keen interest to Central Eurasian studies scholars.  Laura Adams at Harvard recently published an insightful piece entitled, “The Crisis of US Funding for Area Studies,” in ASEEES’ (The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) NewsNets.  Focusing on Title VI and Title VIII funding, she “lays out what the big picture is for U.S. government funding of area studies, and what we might be able to do to mitigate the negative effects of present and future budget cuts.”
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