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  • 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.

  • Suffocating Small Business to Death

    If Russia’s regions are to weather the financial crisis, both local and federal governments need to support and protect small businesses.

  • Elections Expose United Russia's Weaknesses

    The results of Russia's recent regional elections are of less importance than the fact that United Russia is gradually transforming from a monolithic bureaucracy under strict Kremlin control into something resembling a true political party.

  • Taking the Hit for Putin

    Dmitry Medvedev's recent surge in official activity is simply a PR ploy to shift focus away from Vladimir Putin as Russia's financial crisis deepens. It does not indicate any serious political or personal changes.

  • A Crisis in Crisis Management

    As protests against Moscow spread throughout Russia, regional governors loyal to the Kremlin, but lacking proven leadership skills, may be unable to meet the challenge posed by angry citizens.

  • Media Manipulation and Political Control in Russia

    The Kremlin maintains control over the Russian media by exerting pressure over media tycoons and station owners while avoiding direct repression. As a result, although the national media serves as a tool for government propaganda, there has been relatively little popular discontent.

  • Testing the Public's Appetite for Protests

    Recent Russian protests are likely meant to test the response of the authorities rather than indicate people have reached their breaking point.

  • The Lonely Power: Russian Security Policy and the West

    Russia's focus on America as its main adversary distorts Moscow’s strategic worldview, leads to misallocation of resources and ultimate frustration over the essential disequilibrium between the two former Cold War rivals.

  • Hail to the Chief

    U.S. President Obama will engage with Russia on key issues regarding U.S.-Russian relations, such as ballistic missile defense and NATO's future relations with Ukraine and Georgia, in conjunction with European allies.

  • Give Them an Obama I

    U.S. President Barack Obama should pledge to keep U.S.-Russia relations at the top of his busy agenda. Ending American neglect of its relations with Russia is what is needed to mend the countries’ bleak relations. A constructive foreign policy toward Russia can begin with negotiating and renewing the 1991 START treaty as well as creating a meaningful Euro-Atlantic alliance that includes Russia.

  • For Russia, A Dark Horizon

    Due to the current economic crisis, Vladimir Putin is facing, for the first time since his rise to power, the prospect of real political instability. Although Putin has depended on a ‘vertical’ type of government, the logic of this crisis demands flexibility, effective feedback, and broad dialogue with the nation.

  • Kremlin Guide To Dismissing Disobedience

    Weakened by the economic crisis, President Medvedev and the Kremlin do not want to risk any chance of allowing popular dissent to develop in Russia's regions. But by attacking its opponents the Kremlin is showing its helplessness. Before the crisis it had hoped to modernize the country, now it must resort to damage control.

  • Mercy That Eludes Medvedev

    Nearly 86,000 people have signed a letter asking President Medvedev to pardon Svetlana Bakhmina, a former lawyer for Yukos. Bakhmina, who is due to give birth within weeks, is in a prison camp. Yet Medvedev continues to ignore the call for mercy from thousands of Bakhmina's supporters and thus stands personally responsible for her suffering.

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