17 Jan 2013
“For Gerard Depardieu, a Russian passport is a matter of financial convenience…” Many scholars would say that borders are the most dynamic element of the globalized world order. But in our complex world, and in our everyday lives, there is far more to the concept than geographic citizenship....
16 Jan 2013
(Eurasianet) Cory Welt is quoted in an article about the "Freedom in the World 2013" report by Freedom House. Excerpt: Despite the noted progress, the democratization process in the region still has many shortcomings, said Cory Welt, a political science professor at George Washington University and...
14 Jan 2013
(Open Letter) The following article is an open letter to Vladimir Putin by Deana Arsenian, vice president for international programs and program director for Russia and Eurasia at the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Dear Mr. Putin, You don’t know me, but we have met. For the past nine years, you...
14 Jan 2013
(Jamestown Foundation) The need to mobilize the core support base and re-invent a drive for the aging bureaucratic regime is recognized very clearly in the Kremlin, despite the desire to close out the tumultuous election period. Greater volume rather than sophistication in official propaganda is a...
11 Jan 2013
The commissioning of the Yuri Dolgoruky Borei-class SSBN this week, which follows closely on the heels of the launching of the Vladimir Monomakh SSBN at the end of December, has made a number of commentators focus on prospects for Russian naval modernization. I’d like to introduce a note of...
04 Jan 2013
The most recent issue of Moscow Defense Brief has an interesting article (gated) by Vedomosti journalist Aleksey Nikolsky on the future of Oboronservis after Serdyukov’s ouster. Oboronservis was set up in 2008 as an integrated holding company that would run the Russian military’s non-core...
01 Jan 2013
(New York Times) With all the high-level diplomatic visits to Moscow and accompanying news headlines, a casual observer might easily conclude that Russia holds the key to resolving the Syrian crisis. But as the latest round of failed talks this weekend — this time between Russia’s foreign minister...
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