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  • The Party That Can't Command 3 Chickens

    Bashkortostan President Rakhimov's public attack on United Russia's centralization of power strengthened him politically and demonstrated the political savvy of the older cadre of Russian governors.

  • A Possible Trap Awaits Obama in Moscow

    President Obama’s visit to Moscow on July 6-8 is likely to have more influence on world politics than most regular state visits. The tone for U.S. policy towards Russia will be set depending on who he meets with and the rhetoric he uses during this trip.

  • Russia, Again Evading History

    The Russian government has intensified its attempts to edit the nation's past by establishing an anti-falsification commission whose potential effects on academic research are disquieting.

  • Domesticating Russia’s Economic Crisis

    Russia remains hobbled by an unfulfilled need to diversify its economy and to strengthen the independence of its economic and judicial systems. A global turnaround will not solve these problems.

  • Asia's Overlooked Middle

    The economic crisis has had a clear impact on the already impoverished countries of Central Asia, but few Americans and Europeans have noticed. China and Russia have stepped in to provide aid, and their investments threaten institutional reform in the region.

  • Dagestan: A New Flashpoint in Russia's North Caucasus

    • Alexey Malashenko
    • June 17, 2009
    • Hearing of the Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)

    Grave violence plagues the North Caucasus, which should be a key humanitarian concern for Europe. But the economic crisis will largely determine how much will be done to help the region.

  • Pikalyovo 2009

    The federal highway occupation by workers in the small town of Pikalyovo illustrates both the fact that the Russian people have no way to communicate with their government and that the government's only method of resolving problems is through Putin's direct intervention.

  • False Choices For Russia

    • Lilia Shevtsova, Lev Gudkov, Igor Klyamkin, Georgy Satarov
    • June 09, 2009
    • The Washington Post

    If the Obama administration believes U.S. relations with Russia's authoritarian regime can be reduced to the false dichotomy of isolation or cooperation, its efforts to improve relations with Moscow will lead to more mutual disappointment.

  • Smart Engagement

    • Dmitri Trenin
    • June 05, 2009
    • On Russia. Perspectives from the Engelsberg Seminar

    The European Union has little direct governmental influence on Russia, but its indirect societal influence is significant. Ultimately, however, while the EU can help efforts to modernize Russia, there is a need for real reform from inside the country itself.

  • Competing for Privilege

    Europe’s Eastern Partnership is the clearest indication so far of its capability and willingness to project soft power into what Moscow regards as its sphere of influence.

  • For Whom the Kremlin Bell Tolls

    Newly-released survey results show that Russians are holding regional leaders, rather than the federal government, responsible for the economic crisis in their regions. But federal authorities won't be able to get away with this forever.

  • The Kremlin's New Man in the Far East

    By appointing Khabarovsk Governor Viktor Ishayev as the presidential envoy to the Far East Federal District the Kremlin is establishing a powerful and competent government lobbyist for the interests of the Far East.

  • Islam and the Paths of Pakistan’s Political Development

    Islam alone will not aid Pakistan’s political development; instead, national stability will improve with better administrative, security, economic, and social services.

  • Game of Giveaway

    Dimitry Medvedev's decision to meet with political liberals suggests he understands that without democracy Russia will not have a successful and stable future.

  • The G20 Meetings: No Common Framework, No Consensus

    Until the United States, China, and the EU reach consensus about the roots of the global economic crisis and coordinate recovery policy, the world economy is likely to get worse before it gets better.

  • Managing Arab Sovereign Wealth in Turbulent Times—and Beyond

    Rethinking the wisdom of relying on unstable Western economies for growth, the Arab world is increasingly focused on the diversification of its own economies.

  • The Kremlin's Sochi Project

    The mayoral campaign in Sochi illustrates the Kremlins desire to demonstrate a more liberal approach to domestic politics while also emphasizing the extent of its political control.

  • Obama's Report Card

    As top policy experts assess President Obama’s performance during his first hundred days in office, the results are somewhat mixed but generally positive.

  • Global Crisis and Its Impacts on Russia: Refocusing Policy on Households

    • Zeljko Bogetic
    • April 15, 2009

    Russia’s response to the global economic crisis has focused on supporting corporations and the financial sector. The deepening social impact of the downturn suggests that leaders should concentrate on cushioning the blow to the poor and the vulnerable.

  • Political Temperature Is Rising in Sochi

    The mayoral election in Sochi on April 26 marks a serious turning point in Russian politics; competition, both from the opposition and from within the party of power, is becoming more intense.

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