The rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey is in crisis. The protocols on normalization and recognition have not been ratified and a process of great historic and strategic importance is in danger of collapse.
The conflicts in the Caucasus are often directly linked to changes in territorial borders. Creating an atlas of the Caucasus is a key to understanding the nature of the conflicts in the region.
The signing of the new START treaty is the most tangible result of the U.S.-Russian relations reset to date. More important than the treaty itself, however, are the opportunities that it opens up for closer cooperation in other areas.
Nuclear weapons are again at the forefront of U.S.-Russian relations. The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) agreement has been signed, but its ratification still faces opposition in both Russia and the United States.
Russia is already doing much to help the alliance in its struggle against the Taliban insurgency, yet there is a growing feeling in the West that Moscow could be playing a more decisive role in Afghanistan.
Under President Putin, Russia’s government was a hybrid regime that combined elements of both democracy and authoritarianism. Two years into Medvedev’s presidency, the basic structure of government has not significantly changed.
History is being newly politicized in Russia and in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and history itself is becoming a field of politics, but historians can and should resist manipulation by politicians.
Two potentially conflicting imperatives drive Barack Obama’s nuclear agenda. On the one hand, he has called for a world free of nuclear weapons. On the other hand, he believes that the United States needs credible nuclear deterrence.
The mayoral elections in Krasnoturinsk demonstrate the power of Russian civil society, given the right conditions, to overcome the administrative political regime.
The large protest in Kaliningrad marks an increase in popular anti-Putin and anti-Kremlin sentiment and an opportunity for the opposition to work with the dissatisfied population and toward a more democratic Russia.