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  • Russia Reborn

    By embracing a soft power foreign policy fueled by a new focus on economic, intellectual and social renewal, Russia can emerge as a serious and indispensable global actor.

  • This Time, Ban the Test

    U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty will enhance global security and provide greater leverage over states like Iran and North Korea that are unwilling to play by the rules.

  • Iran Brings Urgency to U.S.'s Need to Ratify Nuclear-Test Treaty

    Universal ratification of the CTBT will create another tool for impeding Iran's nuclear ambitions, but the United States must take the lead.

  • Digging Their Own Graves at the Polls

    Municipal elections held in Russia on October 11 proved that most Russian voters seem to feel that elections have no direct bearing on their lives and that the authorities feel no impetus to institute change in the current Russian party system.

  • Twenty Years of Religious Freedom in Russia

    Post-Soviet Russia has witnessed an expansion of religious freedom and a change in the relationship between religious entities and the state. Religious movements that had all but disappeared under the Soviet regime have been experiencing a revival.

  • So Far Purely Economic, G20 Could One Day Cover Security Too

    The key to success in the security field is not a combination of individual players like the G20, but rather sustainable joint leadership working together in tailor-made coalitions.

  • A Small Step on the Road to Reconciliation Between Turkey and Armenia

    Turkey and Armenia signed historic protocols on October 10 to restore diplomatic ties and open shared borders. Although the deal must still be ratified by their respective parliaments, it marks the first step in resolving tensions stemming from the killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in 1915.

  • U.S.-Russia Relations on the Eve of Clinton's Trip to Moscow

    Secretary Clinton travels to Russia to discuss nuclear disarmament, Iran, Afghanistan, and human rights. The United States has made a good beginning with the Russian leadership, but the relationship is still fragile.

  • Dealing with Iran: The Power of Legitimacy

    Rules are the key to maintaining necessary pressure on Iran and framing a mutually-acceptable, face-saving outcome. Iran must take steps to build and maintain international confidence that all its nuclear activities are peaceful, and that none have military dimensions.

  • Untangling Iran's Nuclear Web

    The United States and Russia need a coordinated approach to Iranian nuclear ambitions, where sanctions and opportunities become incentives pushing and pulling Iran toward a solution beneficial for both global security and Iran’s national interest.

  • The Virtual President

    Under Russian President Medvedev, the Kremlin’s efforts to develop and execute concrete solutions to Russia’s many challenges have been replaced by a constant stream of polemical sound bites and vague slogans.

  • Iran and Nuclear Security

    Following a momentous summer in Iran and scheduled open talks on October 1, President Obama and President Ahmadinejad take the stage today at the United Nations.

  • Russia's Spheres of Interest, not Influence

    Russia retains interests throughout the post-Soviet regions, but Moscow’s considerable influence is no longer dominant.

  • Moving Beyond Strained Relations

    When Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO's secretary-general, addresses an audience at Carnegie Europe on Friday, 18th September, he will speak about the possibility of a new dialogue between two former foes – NATO and Russia. Dmitri Trenin suggests that these discussions could initially take place through the NATO-Russia Council of 2002, but in time, that they might spawn a new framework altogether.

  • Russia: Free Fall is Over, But…

    • Sergey Aleksashenko
    • September 17, 2009

    The economic crisis has devastated the Russian economy, where GDP is expected to contract by nearly 10 percent in 2009. Despite optimism among government experts, ballooning debt and plummeting revenues threaten the recovery effort.

  • Go Medvedev!

    Scientific and technological progress will not, on their own, lead to improvements in the political realm. The economy cannot be effective if the political system is insufficiently free.

  • The Children of Stalin

    Stalin’s growing popularity in Russia is less a function of an organized state propaganda effort to promote him than it is a result of the government’s lack of interest in setting the historical record straight on Stalin. Attention is increasingly focused on the greatness of the country and its achievements under Stalin’s rule.

  • Solo Voyage

    By pursuing its own distinct foreign policy, Russia is isolating itself from the rest of the world. A continuation of these policies will leave Russia with only weak, opportunistic ties to the global community.

  • When Thief Stole From Thief

    Tensions over Europe’s troubled past have increased with the approach of the 70th anniversary of the start of WWII. Prime Minister Putin’s upcoming visit to Poland can help turn a new page in history.

  • Nuclear Zero: Key Issues to be Addressed

    Nuclear-weapon states should commission their defense ministries and think tanks to perform serious analysis on the practical steps of moving towards zero nuclear weapons.

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