Russia

  • Who Really Runs Russia?

    Most of us in the West have presumed that Vladimir Putin is still running Russia, despite having stepped down as president and moving to the constitutionally-less-powerful premiership.  Apparently, most Russians think so, too.


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  • Russia May Score Final Coup in Energy Battle

    The European Union is touting its deal with Turkey on Monday to realize the Nabucco natural gas pipeline project as a major coup in the quest for alternative energy routes that bypass Russia. The project’s major transit country, Turkey, may have been brought on board, but Ankara’s other energy interests in the Caucasus may still stand in the way of securing producer countries, namely Azerbaijan, for the project.


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  • Three Wishes for Obama

    Back from "resetting" relations with Russia and then conferring with the G8-plus before stopping over in Ghana, U.S. President Barack Obama continues a full court press on resolving concurrently the myriad of crises, dangers and issues facing the nation.


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  • Why is Russia Afraid of a 300-Year-Old Ukrainian Hero?

    Lord Byron, Pushkin, and Victor Hugo wrote poems about him. Liszt composed a symphonic work in his honor, Tchaikovsky devoted an opera to him, and Gericault painted him tied naked to a horse. In centuries past he was a historical superstar -- a poster child for the Romantic era.
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  • Iran, Russia and U.S. Nonproliferation Efforts

    Despite the apparent failure of the “reset button” for U.S.-Russian relations, the nuclear arms agreement signed by Obama and Medvedev will significantly reduce each country's respective nuclear weapons arsenals and strengthen U.S.-led efforts to address a far more pressing issue: Iran’s continuing uranium enrichment and the concomitant threat of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.


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  • Obama and Medvedev (Re)set Arms Limits

    Reset Button

    Yesterday’s highly anticipated meeting between Presidents Obama and Medvedev, while hardly the so-called "reset" moment in U.S.-Russian relations, does shift the tone.


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  • Russia Summit Achieves Little, As Expected

    Naval War College professor Nick Gvosdev, a contributing editor at the Atlantic Council, argued in advance of the trip that "Despite all the promises about a 'reset' in the U.S.-Russia relationship, the Obama administration still seems to be following a script crafted by its predecessor" but predicted that the visit would be "symbolically triumphal."  He appears right on both counts.


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  • Russia and the West: Mindset, not Reset

    When President Obama arrives in Moscow today for his much-anticipated summit with President Medvedev, he should temper his expectations. A dramatic improvement in the West’s relationship with Russia is unlikely to take place unless the “reset” moment is accompanied by a change in mindset from both parties.


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  • Why Obama Can't Reset Relations with Putin's Russia

    U.S. President Barack Obama wants to “reset” America’s relations with Russia, but the nature of the Russian regime won’t permit much change. Obama can easily reject the style and correct the mistakes of his predecessor, George W. Bush, but doing so will not alter the fact that Putin’s Russia must engage in imperialist rhetoric and pursue great-power aspirations in order to legitimize itself.
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  • Georgia the Key to US-Russia "Reset"

    US President Barack Obama will travel to Moscow July 6-8 on the first real test of his attempt to “reset” US-Russian relations.  At the Kremlin, Obama must articulate what is negotiable and what is not. 


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