Modern Russian must overcome a number of internal and external pressures in the course of its struggle to determine its role in the changing global community.
Three simple steps can help reassure the American people that their elected officials have their security interests foremost in mind as they debate the merits of the new START and set high standards for future U.S. policy and treaty deliberations.
Despite optimistic rhetoric of partnership and strategic cooperation, the recent EU–Russia summit ended without any significant agreements and relations between Moscow and Brussels have entered a period of stagnation.
The position of EU special representative for the south Caucasus plays an important role in the potential transformation and development of the volatile region.
Russia needs Europe’s technological resources to maintain its current economic and political system. Europe, however, wants its investment in Russia to lead to long-term institutional reform in Moscow.
Moscow’s unwillingness to trust market forces and continued insistence on top-down economic policies undermines any attempt at a true economic partnership with Europe.
The need for a strong relationship between Moscow and Brussels is clear, but Europe faces administrative and political barriers to a common policy on Russia and Russia remains unwilling to undertake the reforms that would make it more compatible with the EU.
Changing market conditions, increasing costs of production, and a new commitment to efficiency have given Russia an opportunity to increase its collaboration with Europe on issues of energy security.
Despite the renewed flow of bank credit, investment remains low in Russia. If investment growth fails to materialize soon, the economy may be headed for a long period of stagnation.
The U.S. administration and politicians in Moscow have sharply divergent views on the ‘reset’ in bilateral relations. Where U.S. officials see dialogue, compromises, and concessions as a means of winning over the other side, the Russian elite considers dialogue to be a sign of weakness.
The crisis in Kyrgyzstan presents an opportunity for the three multilateral groups working in the area to do real, immediate good while building trust and demonstrating that cooperation is possible in the increasingly interconnected and fragile Eurasian security space.
This year, President Medvedev has broken with tradition and begun selecting some lesser-known candidates for gubernatorial posts, to the detriment of several political heavyweights.
As Moscow grapples with the question of whether to intervene to stop the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, it is forced to confront a vexing issue: can Russia utilize its political and military potential to help resolve local and regional conflicts in Central Asia?
Three days before the anniversary of Iran’s controversial election, the United Nations Security Council imposed its fourth round of sanctions against the country’s nuclear program. These sanctions could end up strengthening the opposition’s argument that the country is in need of new leadership.
While U.S. democracy aid has grown in amount and sophistication over the last two decades under Republican and Democratic administrations alike, American democracy promotion efforts can achieve their full potential only by reforming USAID.
Although Azerbaijan and Turkey have reached an agreement to supply natural gas to Turkey, the Nabucco pipeline project still faces many challenges.
The Kremlin’s new foreign policy agenda reflects Russia’s increasing need to channel resources towards modernization, a project which requires improved relations with the West.
In his first 100 days in office, Ukrainian President Yanukovych has set a positive new tone in his country's relations with Russia and reaffirmed Ukraine’s strategic orientation towards Europe.
The Euro crisis, which strikes at the heart of the world’s largest trading block, no longer threatens just Europe. Economies around the globe are already being affected, and the worldwide recovery is at risk.
In 1998, Russia successfully dealt with a severe fiscal crisis by restructuring its debt. If Greece chooses to do the same, it should take note of three valuable lessons from Russia’s experience.