Russia

  • Medvedev Pluralism Push: Perestroika II or Good Cop, Bad Cop?

    Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has launched a rhetorical campaign pushing for more openness in his country's politics.  Some analysts see this as an attempt to establish a distinct alternative with Vladimir Putin while others are more skeptical.


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  • Russia: Cancel NATO Exercise with Georgia

    Russian is urging NATO to cancel military exercises with Georgia planned for next month. A current round of demonstrations against Mikheil Saakashvili has only further increased tensions in the region, he noted.


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  • Georgian Protests: A Threat to US-Russia Relations?

    Tbilisi has been overrun by tens of thousands of protestors. An estimated 60,000 people have turned up outside of Georgia’s parliament to rally against President Mikhail Saakashvili, blaming him for the 2008 disastrous conflict with Russia and continuing economic recession, as well as accusing him of stifling democracy.


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  • Hedging Our Relations with Russia

    The recent spate of activity in U.S.-Russian relations is fundamentally about the whether the United States ought to be hedging against future Russian hostility. 


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  • Obama's Russia Reset - Don't Forget About Congress

    Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev had a cordial meeting last week. No major breakthroughs occurred, but both men indicated that they could do business together. That’s not going to be enough.


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  • Medvedev And The Need To De-Personalize Foreign Policy

    Ross Douthat  mentions this profile of Russian President Medvedev as an interesting source of background, and I agree that it is a useful primer on Medvedev if you are not familiar with his career prior to his elevation by Putin and election, but I am instinctively wary of efforts to interpret the actions of foreign governments or to speculate about their future actions based on the biographies of their temporary heads of state.


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  • Russia Must Also Hit the Reset Button

    In London today, President Obama will begin to test whether he can hit the reset button in U.S.-Russian relations during his first bilateral meeting with President Medvedev.  This is not the first time the United States has tried to “reset” relations with a post-Soviet Moscow.
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  • Russia Ending War in Chechnya?

    Russia appears ready to declare victory and end its struggle in the breakaway republic of Chechna, Radio Free Europe reports.  Budget concerns, rather than a change of heart or conditions on the ground, is the likely culprit.


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  • Russia Revamps Military in Response to NATO Expansion

    Speaking to high-level generals this week, Dmitry Medvedev vowed to move forward with controversial personnel reforms and rearmament plans for Russia's military.  He cited NATO expansion as the primary motivator for the plans, sparking concerns about a renewed arms race in the face of deteriorating U.S.-Russia relations.


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  • Russia Considers Caribbean Based Bombers

    A senior Russian general says his country is contemplating basing strategic bombers in the Caribbean, either on a Venezuelan island or Cuba. 


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