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  • 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.

  • Opportunities for the U.S.-Russia Relationship

    • James Collins
    • March 24, 2009
    • Speech for the Tucson Committee on Foreign Relations

    The commencement of the Obama administration coincided with a events that have opened opportunities for a change of course in U.S.-Russia relations.

  • Russia and the Global Meltdown: Domestic and Foreign Policy Responses to the International Financial Crisis

    • Robert Jellinek
    • March 17, 2009
    • Carnegie Moscow Center Report

    Russia's foreign policy response to the economic crisis has been to marginalize the United States, move closer to Europe, and consolidate its control over the former Soviet space.

  • 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.

  • A New Direction for U.S. Policy in the Caspian Region

    The Obama administration needs a new approach to the Caspian region that provides opportunities for local leaders to engage with the United States in economic and political development.

  • U.S. Examining Options to Central Asian Air Bases

    In the wake of Kyrgyzstan’s decision to close its American airbase the U.S. must find a Central Asian location for its logistical operations outside of Afghanistan to ensure they remain uninterrupted in case the war deteriorates further.

  • 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.

  • Barack Obama: Yes We Can

    Barack Obama’s term as U.S. president is likely to signal a change in U.S.-Russian relations, with U.S. foreign policy emphasizing pragmatism over ideology.

  • Focus and Exit: An Alternative Strategy for the Afghan War

    The debate in Washington and European capitals has recently centered on how many more troops will be sent to Afghanistan in 2009 as part of a military surge. The real question, however, is how combat troops should be used - to pursue the Taliban, or secure key areas to allow institutions to develop. The main policy objective must be the development of a government that can survive U.S. withdrawal.

  • The Bush Foreign Policy Legacy

    President-elect Obama will inherit a number of foreign policy challenges from the Bush administration when he takes office. Key areas where the new administration must focus to reverse the Bush administration's failings include Afghanistan, diplomacy, unilateralism, arms control, and climate change.

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