Andrey Makarychev 09 Jul 2013
The Germans have finally lumped Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus into one group - not only geographically - but politically too. These countries share not only oppressive regimes, but also a history of resistance to them. The Congress "Protest. Culture. Politics" held in Berlin at the Heinrich Boell Foundation was a perfect illustration of the growing importance of counter-cultures in these three Eastern European countries. These counter-cultures...
Alexander Cooley 09 Jul 2013
(Co-authors: Alexander Cooley, Marlene Laruelle) Russian strategy toward Central Asia generates great interest in Western academic and policy circles, but few analytical nuances. Depending on the source, Russia is often characterized as wanting to dominate or control the region, to reconstitute the Soviet Union, or to obsessively counter the influence of the West and/or a rising China. Although many note the numerous links, soft power...
Mikhail Troitskiy 09 Jul 2013
(Carnegie Europe) With Asia rising and the West still confronting crises, power is diffusing and the world is becoming ever more complex. This shifting landscape presents decisionmakers across the globe with increased uncertainty. Meanwhile, the need for financial austerity confronts governments with the dilemma of providing for their countries’ security without overspending. Amid enduring expectations that living conditions will continue to...
Dmitry Gorenburg 08 Jul 2013
The Russian Ministry of Defense recently published its activity plan for the rest of the decade. Everyone who can read Russian should go look at the handy summary in table form. There’s a lot of information there. I’ll try to pick out some of the highlights here. The first section covers personnel. Here we find out concrete plans for the number of contract soldiers per year. The numbers are as follows: 2013: 241,000; 2014: 295,000; 2015: 350,...
Elizabeth Wishnick 08 Jul 2013
Long accustomed to a seat on the sidelines of East Asian affairs, Russia now finds itself sought after as an energy and military partner, particularly by Vietnam, but increasingly by a wider range of states in Southeast Asia. Russia’s growing relations with Southeast Asian states, especially in energy and defense, and the development of an alternative northern shipping route to the Malacca Straits are changing perceptions of Russia’s potential...
Andrey Makarychev 03 Jul 2013
With Moscow closing one policy pathway after another—no participation in the European Neighborhood Program, no common approach to managing the Ukrainian energy system, no dialogue on human rights, no joint position on Syria, no ratification of the “third energy package,” no cooperation on the Meseberg initiative, and the list goes on—Berlin tries to contrive new ways of engaging Moscow. The political reality is rather harsh—statistically, a...
Andrey Makarychev 02 Jul 2013
Chairmanship in international organizations is one institutional form of soft power major states use to establish common policy frameworks and enhance their leadership potential. The agendas of chairing governments usually reflect policy spheres in which they have major traction and can thus lead by example. Many countries have used their rotating presidencies in international organizations in this fashion. For instance, Germany and Poland used...
Vladimir Gelman 02 Jul 2013
Numerous experts reason that Russia is a normal country with a mid-range level of socioeconomic development. In other words, if one likens countries to students, Russia is a C-grade student: neither among the best in class like Finland or Singapore, nor among the worst like Zimbabwe. It is of an average mediocrity akin to Argentina. Even though such evaluations of Russia over the last decade are hardly unique, they have been met by a quite...

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