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Cory Welt 27 Aug 2010
  On August 25, the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies held a seminar on the implications of the 2008 Russia-Georgia war, in which some innovative discussion was devoted to the question of future status for Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Earlier this month, a number of pieces that came out to commemorate the second anniversary of the war also looked over...
PONARS Eurasia 24 Aug 2010
  PONARS Eurasia is pleased to release the Policy Perspectives volume, "Kyrgyzstan: Recovery and Reformation," August 2010 -- With parliamentary elections scheduled for October, Kyrgyzstan is entering a new and highly uncertain period of development, marked by the promise of some of the most ambitious political reforms ever seen in Central Asia but also the specter of state...
Samuel Charap 27 Jul 2010
Samuel Charap of the Center for American Progress argues in a July 23 Washington Post op-ed (“U.S. Needs to Carefully Plot Engagement with Russia”) that civil society “still plays a role in public life” in Russia and that the Obama administration’s “major expansion of government-to-government engagement (the ‘reset’)” could positively influence Russian domestic developments. Charap’s point about...
PONARS Eurasia 24 Jul 2010
  In a July 21 op-ed in the International Herald Tribune (“All Together Now: Missile Defense”) former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn (co-chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative), former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, and former German Ambassador to Britain and the United States Wolfgang Ischinger call upon Washington, Moscow, and Brussels to embark on the development of a joint U.S...
PONARS Eurasia 15 Jul 2010
  The German Marshall Fund recently released as part of its "On Wider Europe" series "Completing Europe," a commentary by Iris Kempe, Director of the Regional Office South Caucasus, Heinrich Boell Foundation. The commentary is a response to an earlier piece by Ronald Asmus, who expresses concern that "the historical window of opportunity for enlarging transatlantic...
Joshua Tucker 12 Jul 2010
  What the Russia Spy Swap Tells Us About Russia (Originally published by Joshua Tucker on The Monkey Cage) The final chapter in the recent Russia spy scandal seems to have been written remarkably quickly: shortly after being arrested, the accused Russian agents are being expelled from the country as part of a prisoner exchange with Russia. As per the usual, the American media will...

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