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  • Europe Must React to Turkey’s Vote

    Turkey’s recent constitutional referendum passed with the support of little over half of the Turkish population, giving Prime Minister Erdogan an electoral victory and consolidating his political authority.

  • A Strategic Opportunity for Ukraine

    The real challenge facing Kyiv today is to deliver on the promise of effective government in the short term, without sacrificing Ukraine’s long-term strategic interests.

  • Power to the People?

    • Zamira Sydykova
    • September 10, 2010

    As the October 10 parliamentary elections approach, Kyrgyz political parties must clarify their positions on the most pressing issues facing voters, such as reforming the electoral system.

  • Military Caps Replaced by Plain Old Hats

    While previous presidential envoys were typically former military officers, recent appointees, like the new envoy to the Siberian Federal District, are professional economists, demonstrating Moscow’s awareness of the need to develop regional economies.

  • Turkey Faces the Democracy Test

    Turks are preparing to vote on a set of proposed constitutional amendments that risk undermining the independence of the judiciary and eroding one of the necessary checks on the power of the executive branch.

  • Moldova’s Strategic Relevance

    Russia, Europe, and the United States are critical players in Moldova’s development and have an opportunity to help transform Moldova into a real post-Soviet success story and prove that a prosperous democracy can exist in the space between East and West.

  • Worsening Outlook in Afghanistan

    The best hope for exiting the war in Afghanistan is to Afghanize the conflict and establish a coalition government that includes Taliban leaders.

  • A Tale of Two Monasteries

    Religious services held inside Turkey’s borders by Pontic Greeks are a sign of the breakthrough in Turkish-Greek relations and a similar initiative at an Armenian church inside Turkey would be another step toward the normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia.

  • Lonely Power

    While the "reset" in U.S.–Russian relations has come with closer cooperation on arms control, Afghanistan, and Iran, as long as Russia's system of personalized power rests on anti-Western principles, a true reset is unattainable.

  • A Messy Playing Field for United Russia

    Current economic, social and political conditions are more likely to push Russian voters toward opposition candidates than United Russia’s candidates, with potentially significant ramifications for the ruling party.

  • Only A Regional Approach Can Bring Middle East Peace

    The best hope for a two state solution is a new, comprehensive approach that involves the most important regional players, including Saudi Arabia and Syria.

  • Will Developing Economies Help Sustain the Global Recovery?

    • Shimelse Ali, Uri Dadush, Vera Eidelman
    • September 02, 2010

    Growth in emerging economies has slowed from torrid post-crisis rates, but remains high and will likely mitigate—but not fully compensate for—a sharp slowdown in advanced countries.

  • Why Moldova Matters

    Given Moldova’s economic potential and political openness, the United States, the European Union, and Russia can play a significant role in aiding Moldova on the path to EU membership and helping to transform the country into a prosperous pluralistic democratic state.

  • Militant Attack on Tsentoroi Village

    The militant attack on Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov’s home village has shown the vulnerability of the Kadyrov regime, which is commonly considered the most successful in the North Caucasus and quite capable of guaranteeing stability.

  • Medvedev's Climate Moment

    The wildfires and heat wave that recently ravaged central Russia brought climate change to the forefront of the country’s domestic agenda and provide the Kremlin with an opportunity to prove its commitment to energy efficiency as well as economic modernization.

  • CSTO: Ripe for Reform?

    The ineffectiveness of the Collective Security Treaty Organization during the recent violence in Kyrgyzstan shows that its member states must take important steps in order to turn the organization into a real instrument for guaranteeing regional security.

  • Putin's Perestroika Experiment in Kaliningrad

    The Kremlin’s decision not to nominate Kaliningrad Governor Georgy Boos to serve a second term was a response to large scale popular demonstrations and the complaints of the opposition.

  • The Wider Implications of the Russian-Armenian Defense Deal

    • Dmitri Trenin, Andrei Trenin
    • August 24, 2010
    • Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

    If Russia wants to be a principal security provider and peace guarantor in the CIS space, it will need to refocus its strategy away from resisting NATO's drive and U.S. deployments and toward conflict prevention and conflict resolution.

  • Uzbekistan's View of Regional Security in Central Asia

    • Gulnara Karimova
    • August 24, 2010

    As Central Asia’s geopolitical role grows, its states face a number of transnational issues, including instability in Afghanistan, energy resources and development, and transport communications, which have a significant impact on regional security.

  • Sleeping Giant

    The young urban Russians who took part in wildfire rescue efforts after the authorities proved inefficient and unprepared are the genuine force for modernization and democratization in the country.

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