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  • Go Medvedev!

    Scientific and technological progress will not, on their own, lead to improvements in the political realm. The economy cannot be effective if the political system is insufficiently free.

  • The Children of Stalin

    Stalin’s growing popularity in Russia is less a function of an organized state propaganda effort to promote him than it is a result of the government’s lack of interest in setting the historical record straight on Stalin. Attention is increasingly focused on the greatness of the country and its achievements under Stalin’s rule.

  • Solo Voyage

    By pursuing its own distinct foreign policy, Russia is isolating itself from the rest of the world. A continuation of these policies will leave Russia with only weak, opportunistic ties to the global community.

  • When Thief Stole From Thief

    Tensions over Europe’s troubled past have increased with the approach of the 70th anniversary of the start of WWII. Prime Minister Putin’s upcoming visit to Poland can help turn a new page in history.

  • Nuclear Zero: Key Issues to be Addressed

    Nuclear-weapon states should commission their defense ministries and think tanks to perform serious analysis on the practical steps of moving towards zero nuclear weapons.

  • Filling the Void: Dispatch from Afghanistan

    The absence of security, law enforcement or effective central government has created a vacuum in Afghanistan. The Taliban are conducting a campaign to eliminate government contact with the population and compel the people to accept Taliban rule.

  • Losing the Caucasus

    Despite the official end of Russia’s counter-terrorist operation in Chechnya, armed clashes and terrorist attacks continue to plague North Caucasus. Open conflict is on the verge of becoming inevitable.

  • Where Violence Flourishes

    The upsurge of violence in Russia's North Caucasus region is the result of the incompetence of local authorities and the Kremlin’s failure or reluctance to seriously address the issues of the region.

  • Oil Production in Russia: State Policy and Prospects for Innovation

    The hydrocarbon industries of the former Soviet Union are undergoing innovative development. In Russia, conditions both enable and inhibit the construction of a new economy focused on incentives for innovation.

  • The Medvedev Show

    From Putin’s staged call-in show to Medvedev’s "citizens vs. officials" program, Russia’s virtual politics provides only the illusion of government transparency and improvement.

  • Rising Tensions in Afghanistan: Dispatch from Kandahar

    The alienation of ethnic Pashtuns is a major factor in the Taliban’s success in southern Afghanistan, but it could seriously impair the group’s progress in the north.

  • Unrest in the Caucasus

    As violence in the North Caucasus surges, Kremlin policies and its loyal, but brutal, local leaders have played a critical role in causing the situation.

  • At Least 19 Killed in Suicide Bomb Attack

    • Alexey Malashenko
    • August 17, 2009
    • RFI

    A suicide bomb attack that killed 19 people and wounded at least 58 in Ingushetia was likely intended as retaliation for President Yevkurov’s determination to intensify his fight against Islamic extremists.

  • Chechen Murders Put Kadyrov In the Hot Seat

    Questions remain whether Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov ordered the recent murders of human rights activists in Chechnya, or whether the crimes were an attempt by his opponents to discredit his leadership.

  • Inside Kabul: Dispatch from Afghanistan

    In Kabul many of the issues affecting Afghanistan – ineffective governance, the Taliban's expanding influence, and a massive foreign presence – are on stark display.

  • A Russian Federation Without Federalism

    Federal and regional authorities in Russia are abusing new amendments to the federal law on local government to centralize power and dismantle whatever still remains of the separation of powers.

  • NATO: Under New Leadership

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO's new Secretary-General, must provide transformational leadership, not just status-quo management, for the alliance to bridge the chasm between its ambitions and its capacities.

  • The Kremlin’s Violent Underbelly

    The recent spike in violence in the North Caucasus undermines the Kremlin's claim that its anti-terrorism policies in the region are succeeding.

  • Keeping Up the Momentum with Moscow

    Vice President Joe Biden’s recent controversial remarks on Russia underscore how vulnerable the effort to reset relations will remain so long as it depends more on words and symbols than on concrete actions with tangible results.

  • Some Considerations Regarding the Ratification of the CTBT by the United States

    • Viktor Slipchenko
    • July 24, 2009

    President Obama faces domestic opposition to ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Russia can take steps to help the U.S. supporters of the CTBT overcome that resistance.

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