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  • A Modern Russia of Dust and Dead Flies

    While the Kremlin’s new ModernRussia web site is intended to provide a platform for news and feedback on investment opportunities in Russia, it is ultimately more about public relations than actually attracting investors.

  • Instability in Kyrgyzstan: The International Response

    The international community can help bring much-needed stability to Kyrgyzstan, which has experienced violent ethnic clashes as its leaders lay the groundwork for Central Asia’s first genuine parliamentary democracy.

  • The Hague Court Decision on Kosovo

    The Hague ruling on Kosovo's independence indirectly strengthens the position of other self-proclaimed states—from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, to Nagorno-Karabakh and North Cyprus. However, legal rulings do not negate the need to find a political solution.

  • All Together Now: Missile Defense

    • Sam Nunn, Igor Ivanov, Wolfgang Ischinger
    • July 21, 2010
    • The International Herald Tribune

    Missile-defense cooperation would be a potential game changer in U.S.-Russian and NATO-Russian relations and a crucial step toward a sounder European security order.

  • Beijing and Pyongyang: What to Do When the Tail Wags the Dog

    The recent UN Security Council statement, which condemns the attack on the South Korean patrol ship without naming a perpetrator, reflects the complicated reality of Beijing’s relations with North Korea.

  • The End of the Rakhimov Era

    The departure of governors like Bashkortostan President Rakhimov is the result of a Kremlin operation which is replacing a generation of heavyweights by lesser-known officials with no interest in public politics. The Kremlin’s candidate to replace Rakhimov as president is Rustem Khamitov, a former Bashkortostan minister and chief federal inspector who then left the republic.

  • UN Security Council Resolution on the North Korean Torpedo Attack

    In order to gain China’s vote, the new UN Security Council resolution on the North Korean torpedo attack condemns the act of war, but does not name the perpetrator of the attack.

  • Putin's North Caucasus Snow Job

    The North Caucasus remains one of the toughest challenges facing Russia today and the problems that have accumulated there over the past decades require an equally long and serious strategic approach to resolve.

  • New START: The Big Picture

    The modest, verifiable reductions set out in New START do not raise hard questions about the adequacy of the U.S. deterrent. Instead, ratifying the treaty is integral to the Obama administration's overall security agenda and very much in the U.S. national interest.

  • How the EU Is Viewed in Russia

    Most Russians view Europe in a very positive light. When they look at Europe, they still see primarily the nation states.

  • A Forever Smoldering Conflict in the Caucasus

    The bloodshed on the ceasefire line should focus minds and be a reminder that a new conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh would be catastrophic for everyone, not just Armenians and Azeris.

  • Caucasian Standoff

    While Nagorno-Karabakh engages in the process of building a de facto state, hardening attitudes in Karabakh and Azerbaijan could lead to a war which would affect the entire South Caucasus, including Georgia, Iran, Russia, and Turkey.

  • The More Russia Changes…

    At the 2010 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, President Medvedev appealed to investors to put their money into the Russian economy. However, corruption continues to kill investor interest in Russia.

  • The Kyrgyz Bell

    The recent violence in Kyrgyzstan demonstrated both the weaknesses of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the important role a strengthened CSTO could have in Central Asia.

  • Sanctions on Iran—The Least Bad Option

    Sanctions alone are unlikely to persuade Iran to stop enriching uranium, but there are few alternative measures that would increase pressure and change the behavior of the Iranian regime.

  • Medvedev Meets With Obama on Modernization Plan, Arms Control

    When he met with President Obama in Washington, Russian President Medvedev’s chief goals were to continue the trend of the reset in U.S.-Russian relations and to further his domestic modernization and economic development initiative.

  • Medvedev's Coast to Coast Visit to the United States

    While the focus of the meeting between Russian President Medvedev and U.S. President Obama will be on economic and technological cooperation, major security issues—including Iran sanctions, the U.S.–Russian civilian nuclear cooperation agreement, and arms control—will also be on the agenda.

  • Where Is Russia?

    • Mark Medish
    • June 22, 2010
    • The International Herald Tribune

    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.

  • Congress Needs Bigger Role in Arms Control

    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.

  • EU-Russia: The Elusive Road to Cooperation

    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.

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