• USA Done by 2010: Russian Diplomatic Academy Dean

    A prominent Russian scholar is making a bold prediction:

    If you're inclined to believe Igor Panarin, and the Kremlin wouldn't mind if you did, then President Barack Obama will order martial law this year, the U.S. will split into six rump-states before 2011, and Russia and China will become the backbones of a new world order.

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  • Poll: Russia Reset and EU Future

    Our most recent poll on efforts to "push the reset button" on relations with Russia shows substantially more optimism among Europeans than Americans. 

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  • Russian Elections Follow Latin America Model

    Russia held local elections Sunday but most observers are crying Foul!

    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party has swept local elections that other parties and independent observers said were awash with voting irregularities.

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  • Bad News for U.S.-Russia Arms Control?

    A group of Russian navy officials were caught trying to smuggle $18 million worth of anti-submarine and aviation missiles into China, although the level of official involvement in both countries remains unknown.  The cargo was found in Tajikistan, where Russia maintains a military base.

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  • NATO-Russia War: A Scenario

    A regularly employed analyst runs a certain risk when publicly speaking about the possibility of a destruction of humanity, in the foreseeable future. “Professional myopia” or “immaturity in judgment” may be among the less denigrating – “unprofessional hysteria” or “irresponsible conduct” the more damning – reactions by colleagues. One workplace-friend recently advised me to delete from an article the term “World War III.” I decided not to do so.

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  • Russia and Georgia Agree to International Monitors

    Russia and Georgia agreed to give international monitors freedom to rome throughout Georgia, including the disputed territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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  • Russian Occupation Threatens East-West Corridor

    Another round of international talks on the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is underway this week in Geneva.  Meanwhile, Russia is tightening its vice-grip, transforming the two occupied territories into military garrisons.

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  • NATO Afghanistan Mission Risks Repeating Russia's Mistakes

    The twentieth anniversary of Russia's withdrawal from Afghanistan is bringing natural comparisons with the NATO mission now in its eighth year.  Abdul Saboor, writing for Reuters, recalls a Soviet airstrike that killed 30 civilians and sees many similarities.

    A string of bungled U.S. and NATO air strikes killed 455 Afghan civilians last year, according to the United Nations.
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  • Russia’s Latin Affections?

    Russia and Cuba are getting cozy again.  After almost two decades of estrangement, the odd couple is back, and this time it’s an open relationship.  They are both looking to involve other partners, namely Venezuela and Nicaragua, and Russia has made clear there are no more lavish gifts like the old Soviet subsidized oil price.  But once again, it is a marriage of convenience, not a union of soulmates.

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  • Russia Reset Button Will Restore Default Values

    Speaking in Munich over the weekend, Vice President Joe Biden pledged to "press the reset button" on United States relations with Russia.   While this has brought renewed hope for some, most observers are rightly skeptical.

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