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  • Testimony

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Research

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Research

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Research

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Commentary

    Medvedev's Promises on Trial

    Despite President Medvedev's claims to support the rule of law, he has not acted to correct the distortion of justice that occurred during the trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

  • Commentary

    Unrest in Moldova Brings Complicated State into International Focus

    • Sam Greene
    • April 08, 2009
    • Deutsche Welle

    The recent protests in Moldova were sparked by allegations of rigged election results, but their roots lie in the Moldovan government's agreement with Russia to significantly slow down the process of Moldova's accession to the European Union.

  • Commentary

    NATO at 60: Save the Champagne

    • Mark Medish
    • April 02, 2009
    • The International Herald Tribune

    NATO members should engage in a radical rethink of the alliance's role in a world of changing security threats.

  • Commentary

    A Proper Translation of the 'Reset Button'

    The United States and Russia can improve strained relations by focusing on areas of compatible interests and clearly defining a set of near-term priority objectives for bilateral cooperation.

  • Commentary

    Governors Know Their Herring From Subs

    The recent gubernatorial changes in Murmansk showcase that governors are increasingly judged by to their loyalty to the Kremlin, rather than how effectively they can manage their region.

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