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Policy Memo # 331
Pavel Baev 01 Nov 2004
The November 25, 2004 Russia-EU summit, dominated by disagreement over elections in Ukraine, marked a record low point in Russia’s relations with Europe. Putin probably regretted his decision to postpone this summit by two weeks, an act originally intended to show the newly-formed Commission his toughness. The relations, however, were going south and had been turning sour throughout autumn. [...]   Read full text (PDF)
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Policy Memo # 330
Mikhail Rykhtik 01 Nov 2004
Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed George W. Bush’s victory in the U.S. presidential race before the announcement of the official results. The contemporary Russian political elite has preferred conservative, more pragmatic Republicans led by George Bush over liberal, less predictable Democrats such as John Kerry. Russia is satisfied with its relations with the United States and is not interested in any changes. Russia...
Policy Memo # 329
James Richter 01 Nov 2004
It is an unfortunate truism that relations between the United States and Russia depend a great deal on the interpersona l connection between the two countries. Of course, personalities do not determine foreign policy as much as national interests or even domestic politics do, but they do shape the way national interests are defined and stratagems devised. In this case, the presidents of both countries have a fairly free hand in ...
Policy Memo # 328
Pavel Podvig 01 Nov 2004
Ten years ago, on January 25, 1995, a sounding rocket launched from a test site in Norway was detected by radars of the Russian early-warning network. The details of what followed have never been officially disclosed, but the detection seems to have generated an alarm that made its way all the way up the chain of command by the time the military identified the rocket as a benign target. The Russian military insisted the accident...
Policy Memo # 327
On Sunday of November 21, 2004, every half hour the news headlines of the British Broadcasting Corporation reminded listeners around the world that the voters in Ukraine were to make a crucial choice for their country on that day. The question, according to the BBC, was whether Ukraine would join Europe or remain with Russia. This rigid structure, placing Russia opposite the West and presenting Ukraine’s choice as an either/...
Policy Memo # 326
Sarah E. Mendelson 01 Nov 2004
In the last few years, Russia has become an increasingly hostile place for those who support democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. Political and social activists inside and outside Russia have long recognized the trends were negative. Toward the end of 2004, a series of events – the elimination of Russian citizens’ direct vote for governors, the Kremlin’s repeated public endorsement of fraudulent elections in...
Policy Memo # 325
Although terrorism was one of the least plausible causes for the recent U.S. war in Iraq and there was a surprising lack of terrorist acts aimed against the United States or U.S. interests during the war, the predicted upsurge of terrorist attacks in postwar Iraq occurred sooner than many expected. Terrorism generated by the conflict in Iraq might have been overshadowed by a stronger and more massive form of resistance—an...
Policy Memo # 324
Sarah E. Mendelson 01 Jan 2004
Recent Russian parliamentary elections did much to expose the myth of “managed democracy” in that country. U.S. policymakers, however, had numerous (and bloody) reasons to be worried about Russia’s political course long before election season or before that other shock that has received so much attention—the arrest of Russia’s richest man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. If U.S. policymakers have been concerned by...