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  • Obama Shouldn't Put Too Much Hope in a Kremlin-Led Thaw

    Pushing the "reset button" on U.S.-Russia relations will be impossible if a dramatic curtailment of Russian state resources produces harder political crackdowns, economic nationalism, and isolationism.

  • The Missile Defense Silver Bullet

    The United States should pursue a joint missile defense system to improve long-term relations with Russia.

  • The Party That Can't Command 3 Chickens

    Bashkortostan President Rakhimov's public attack on United Russia's centralization of power strengthened him politically and demonstrated the political savvy of the older cadre of Russian governors.

  • A Possible Trap Awaits Obama in Moscow

    President Obama’s visit to Moscow on July 6-8 is likely to have more influence on world politics than most regular state visits. The tone for U.S. policy towards Russia will be set depending on who he meets with and the rhetoric he uses during this trip.

  • Russia, Again Evading History

    The Russian government has intensified its attempts to edit the nation's past by establishing an anti-falsification commission whose potential effects on academic research are disquieting.

  • Pikalyovo 2009

    The federal highway occupation by workers in the small town of Pikalyovo illustrates both the fact that the Russian people have no way to communicate with their government and that the government's only method of resolving problems is through Putin's direct intervention.

  • False Choices For Russia

    • Lilia Shevtsova, Lev Gudkov, Igor Klyamkin, Georgy Satarov
    • June 09, 2009
    • The Washington Post

    If the Obama administration believes U.S. relations with Russia's authoritarian regime can be reduced to the false dichotomy of isolation or cooperation, its efforts to improve relations with Moscow will lead to more mutual disappointment.

  • Competing for Privilege

    Europe’s Eastern Partnership is the clearest indication so far of its capability and willingness to project soft power into what Moscow regards as its sphere of influence.

  • For Whom the Kremlin Bell Tolls

    Newly-released survey results show that Russians are holding regional leaders, rather than the federal government, responsible for the economic crisis in their regions. But federal authorities won't be able to get away with this forever.

  • The Kremlin's New Man in the Far East

    By appointing Khabarovsk Governor Viktor Ishayev as the presidential envoy to the Far East Federal District the Kremlin is establishing a powerful and competent government lobbyist for the interests of the Far East.

  • Game of Giveaway

    Dimitry Medvedev's decision to meet with political liberals suggests he understands that without democracy Russia will not have a successful and stable future.

  • The Kremlin's Sochi Project

    The mayoral campaign in Sochi illustrates the Kremlins desire to demonstrate a more liberal approach to domestic politics while also emphasizing the extent of its political control.

  • Obama's Report Card

    As top policy experts assess President Obama’s performance during his first hundred days in office, the results are somewhat mixed but generally positive.

  • Political Temperature Is Rising in Sochi

    The mayoral election in Sochi on April 26 marks a serious turning point in Russian politics; competition, both from the opposition and from within the party of power, is becoming more intense.

  • Medvedev's Promises on Trial

    Despite President Medvedev's claims to support the rule of law, he has not acted to correct the distortion of justice that occurred during the trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

  • Unrest in Moldova Brings Complicated State into International Focus

    • Sam Greene
    • April 08, 2009
    • Deutsche Welle

    The recent protests in Moldova were sparked by allegations of rigged election results, but their roots lie in the Moldovan government's agreement with Russia to significantly slow down the process of Moldova's accession to the European Union.

  • NATO at 60: Save the Champagne

    • Mark Medish
    • April 02, 2009
    • The International Herald Tribune

    NATO members should engage in a radical rethink of the alliance's role in a world of changing security threats.

  • A Proper Translation of the 'Reset Button'

    The United States and Russia can improve strained relations by focusing on areas of compatible interests and clearly defining a set of near-term priority objectives for bilateral cooperation.

  • Governors Know Their Herring From Subs

    The recent gubernatorial changes in Murmansk showcase that governors are increasingly judged by to their loyalty to the Kremlin, rather than how effectively they can manage their region.

  • Blowing Both Hot and Cold

    The dichotomous nature of Russia’s relationship with the West requires that the United States develop a long-term vision and strategy for its own relations with Russia.

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