The signing of the New START in April 2010 was a major step forward in building a legally binding, verifiable strategic arms reduction framework, but more action is necessary to overcome persistent mutual mistrust and bureaucratic obstacles hampering further force reductions.
The inadequate response to Russia's forest fires illustrates Moscow’s inability to respond to large scale disasters and how Russia’s vertical power structure undermines the ability of local authorities to respond to crises.
The Russian government should use soft power to win back sympathy from the Georgian population in preparation for the end of Georgian President Saakashvili’s term in office in 2013.
Recent rallies staged by a group called Strategy 31, demanding that the Kremlin respect the constitutional right of freedom of assembly, have demonstrated the Russian government’s discomfort with unsponsored political activism.
Two years since fighting broke out between Georgia and Russia, the situation in the separatist territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia remains deadlocked and the current western policy of strong rhetorical support for the Georgian position substitutes easy words for hard diplomatic work.
In the face of the euro crisis, questions have emerged about Europe’s cohesion—particularly the strength of the institutions called for under the Lisbon treaty—and what that means for its relevance in major international challenges.
The Russian government’s drive to modernize its economy is increasingly reflected in its foreign policy priorities, including its relations with the United States, Europe, and China and its position on Iran's nuclear program.
After seven years, the United States is in the final stages of exiting Iraq. Only 50,000 U.S. troops will remain by the end of August, but the country is far from stable as political squabbling keeps the country gridlocked, the economy is in shambles and violence is once again rising.
The international community cannot afford to let the unresolved dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh remain a low priority; a renewal of violence would impact not only Armenia and Azerbaijan, but also Georgia, Russia, Turkey, and Iran.
The New START is relatively modest in scope and should not be used as a stand-in for an ideological contest over arms control and nonproliferation.
While Russia’s short-term economy will largely depend on oil prices and the country’s demographic challenges, its medium-to-long-term outlook will be influenced by the lessons that leaders take from the crisis, which will affect Russia’s economic structure and policies for many years to come.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.