• Medvedev Thinks He's President of Russia

    The recent news that Vladimir Putin would be running for his old office as president of Russia was greeted by bemusement with many Western observers, myself included, who have been under the impression that Putin has been running the country from a different chair and that little would change. One person who seems not to share that view is President Dmitry Medvedev, who last week asserted his constitutional authority in a rather public dressing down of finance minister and deputy premier Alexei Kudrin. 
    Speaking in Washington the day after the announcement at the United Russia convention of the job swap, Kudrin told reporters that, "I do not see myself in a new government," adding, while "nobody has offered me the job, I think that the disagreements I have will not allow me to join this government."
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  • Caspian Natural Gas Inches Closer to Markets

    Earlier this month, two events occurred which are likely to significantly boost Europe’s hopes for diversifying its gas supply and help realize Caspian gas exporting countries’ aspirations for reaching global gas markets. 
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  • The Rebirth of President Putin

    Vladimir Putin announced on Sunday that he will trade places with current president Dmitry Medvedev next year, running for the presidency while Medvedev settles for the number two spot of prime minister. Under revisions to the Russian constitution, the presidency has been lengthened from a four-year to a six-year term, and presidents can run for re-election once. Twelve more years!
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  • Breakthrough or Just Broken? China and Russia’s UNGA Proposal on Cyber Norms

    China and Russia just dropped a surprising draft resolution at the United Nations General Assembly. 
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  • Third Annual Members' Conference - Russia 2012 and Beyond: Reset or Rewind?

    Summary of the town hall "Russia 2012 and Beyond: Reset or Rewind?" at the 2011 Annual Members' Conference.



    Alexander Vershbow,* Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, United States Department of Defense; former United States Ambassador to NATO and to the Russian Federation
    Moderated by Annette Heuser,** Executive Director, Bertelsmann Foundation

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  • Moscow Plans for a Post-NATO Afghanistan

    The looming withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan slated for 2014 poses for Moscow a serious geopolitical predicament. In spite of their conspicuous silence on the matter, Russian officials have been growing increasingly uneasy about the potential vacuum. Yet still some in the Russian leadership see this as a welcome opportunity to expand influence in Central Asia at the expanse of the West. Moreover, Moscow’s quest for a greater role in Afghanistan is intrinsically connected with its wider ambitions in the post-Soviet space.
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  • Russia and the West: Moving the Reset Forward?

    Rose Gottemoeler at ACUS

    On September 9, the Atlantic Council, the Institute for Security and Development Policy and the US Army War College hosted a conference that focused on the trilateral US-Europe-Russia relationship and the current status and future of the reset. The sessions identified the obstacles and challenges facing the reset and steps for U.S. and European governments to drive relations with Russia forward.

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  • How NATO is Perceived in Russia (or Lessons in Optimism)

    Let us start with a few snapshots.

    Exhibit one – the Levada Center opinion poll conducted in January 2011 showed NATO being described as an adversary by 23 percent of Russians (Chechen rebels came first on that list with 43 percent, followed by USA with 28 percent).

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  • Russia Reset and Strategic Reassurance: The View from Tallinn

    On January 6, the International Security Program hosted a roundtable on “Russia Reset and Strategic Reassurance: The View from Tallinn” with U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Michael C. Polt.
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  • Hitting the Reset Button on U.S.-Russia Cooperation

    Reset Button Peregruzka

    Stephan M. Minikes, U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE from June 2001 to 2005 and current Eurasia Task Force member, argues how improved U.S.-Russia relations can enable a more active OSCE in “Hitting the Reset Button on U.S.-Russia Cooperation.”

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