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  • Kadyrov Nears Abkhaz-Like Independence

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s consolidation or power, and Moscow’s pre-occupation with Russia’s economic and political crisis will force the Kremlin to reconsider Putin’s policy of appeasing Chechnya.

  • Words for a Russian Ghetto

    President Obama spoke brilliantly and powerfully at Russia's New Economic School during his Moscow trip. Unfortunately, few Russians heard his speech or got more than a glimpse of the American president on the television news.

  • Obama and the Moscow Summit: A Job Well Done

    U.S. President Barack Obama made a good start at resetting the relationship with Russia in his first visit to Moscow. He now has to ensure that the American side follows-up on his openings and insist that his colleague in Moscow does the same.

  • The People Want Direct Elections

    A recent poll showing that 60 percent of Russians support the return of direct elections for regional governors, indicates a growing realization that the authorities are in no condition to fulfill their obligations.

  • Reaction to the U.S.-Russia Summit

    The agreements reached between U.S. President Obama and Russian President Medvedev at the U.S.-Russia summit showcased a great deal of positive rhetoric, but they are unlikely to lead to a substantial improvement in overall relations.

  • “U.S.-Russian Relations Were at a 25-Year Low”

    The economic crisis may have exacerbated many of the vulnerabilities in Russia's economy, but it stopped the deterioration of U.S.-Russian relations, which were the lowest they had been in twenty-five years.

  • A Chance for a Nuclear-Free World

    As the Obama administration seeks a complete reset of the U.S.-Russia relationship, progress on nuclear weapons must still be the top priority.

  • What's Russian for 'Empathy'?

    Obama’s message in Moscow needs to translate his visionary pragmatism into a language that will resonate with Russians.

  • 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.

  • Religion and Globalization Across Eurasia

    Each of seven major religions in Eurasia—Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Protestantism, Russian Orthodoxy, and paganism—has been forced to develop under the modern pressures of globalization.

  • The Arctic Climate Change and Security Policy Conference: Final Report and Findings

    Minimizing the environmental impact of climate change and resource development in the Arctic must be a top priority, if environmental disaster is to be avoided.

  • 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.

  • Domesticating Russia’s Economic Crisis

    Russia remains hobbled by an unfulfilled need to diversify its economy and to strengthen the independence of its economic and judicial systems. A global turnaround will not solve these problems.

  • Asia's Overlooked Middle

    The economic crisis has had a clear impact on the already impoverished countries of Central Asia, but few Americans and Europeans have noticed. China and Russia have stepped in to provide aid, and their investments threaten institutional reform in the region.

  • Dagestan: A New Flashpoint in Russia's North Caucasus

    • Alexey Malashenko
    • June 17, 2009
    • Hearing of the Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)

    Grave violence plagues the North Caucasus, which should be a key humanitarian concern for Europe. But the economic crisis will largely determine how much will be done to help the region.

  • 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.

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