• Transcript: Missile Defense in Europe - Panel 3

    Full transcript of the third panel entitled "The Way Forward with Moscow" at the 2009 missile defense conference "Missile Defense in Europe: Next Steps."
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  • The Russia-Georgia Conflict: An Invasion by Any Other Name

    The long awaited European Union-commissioned report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia was published last week.  Unsurprisingly, it largely corroborates Georgian accounts of Russia’s August 2008 invasion while blaming Georgia for sparking the conflict.

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  • EU: Georgia 'Triggered' Russia's Illegal Invasion

    As widely anticipated, an EU report on last year's Russian invasion of Georgia finds plenty of blame to go around, finding that Tblisi "triggered" the conflict but that Moscow violated international law by its invasion and with numerous atrocities thereafter.

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  • First Annual Members' Conference - The Russian Reset

    Summary of the breakout conversation "The Russian Reset" at the 2009 Annual Members' Conference.


    Hon. R. Nicholas Burns,* Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard; Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
    Hon. Richard R. Burt,* Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates; Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany; Member, Atlantic Council Strategic Advisors Group
    Mr. Ronald Freeman,* Member of the Boards of Troika Dialog, Severstal and Volga Gas; Member, Atlantic Council Business and Economics Advisory Group
    Mr. Ian Hague,* Co-Founder Firebird Management, LLC

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  • Merkel Win Opens Caucuses Options

    Europe’s broken Caucasus-Caspian policy is partly in trouble due to Germany’s Russia policy, which was put in place by the former German Chancellor, Mr. Schroeder, and faithfully executed by his SPD successor, Mr. Steinmeier who shared power with Ms. Merkel in the last German government.

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  • Obama's Missile Defense Decision: The View From Europe

    President Obama's decision to abandon the missile defense systems in Poland and Czech Republic agreed to by his predecessor has created a firestorm of controversy, with quite different reactions in Russia, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and domestically.
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  • Russia: Change You Can't Believe In

    Try this as a thought experiment: imagine a dynamic modern Russia with a robust knowledge economy, diversified industry, and reasonably functioning legal system where starting a business –or adjudicating disputes -- is no more difficult than in say, Turkey or Malaysia. Not easy, is it? In fact, in a remarkable article published on, a Russian webzine, President Medvedev starkly outlines his country’s challenges and poses the question whether Russia can change enough to “own tomorrow.”

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  • The Two Timetables

    Moscow Time

    U.S. and Russian strategies in the space “east of Europe” and across the Eurasian plain are operating on two different timetables.

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  • NATO - Russia Strategic Partnership?

    New NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called for "open-minded and unprecedented dialogue" with Russia to create a "true strategic partnership" on issues ranging from Afghanistan to terrorism to nuclear proliferation. While "Russia should realize that NATO is here and that NATO is a framework for our transatlantic relationship," he argued, "we should also take into account that Russia has legitimate security concerns."

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  • Putin's Pipeline Pipe Dream

    In the geopolitical duel that is Eurasian pipeline diplomacy, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's August trip to Ankara was meant to be the riposte to July's Nabucco pipeline signing ceremony.

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