(CACI Analyst) Georgian politics have entered a turbulent period after the October parliamentary elections. The situation is exacerbated by a difficult cohabitation process between the newly elected government of Bidzina Ivanishvili and the outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili. While both sides...
(Eurasianet) Cory Welt is quoted in an article about the "Freedom in the World 2013" report by Freedom House. Excerpt: Despite the noted progress, the democratization process in the region still has many shortcomings, said Cory Welt, a political science professor at George Washington University and...
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(Open Letter) The following article is an open letter to Vladimir Putin by Deana Arsenian, vice president for international programs and program director for Russia and Eurasia at the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Dear Mr. Putin, You don’t know me, but we have met. For the past nine years, you...
(Jamestown Foundation) The need to mobilize the core support base and re-invent a drive for the aging bureaucratic regime is recognized very clearly in the Kremlin, despite the desire to close out the tumultuous election period. Greater volume rather than sophistication in official propaganda is a...
  The commissioning of the Yuri Dolgoruky Borei-class SSBN this week, which follows closely on the heels of the launching of the Vladimir Monomakh SSBN at the end of December, has made a number of commentators focus on prospects for Russian naval modernization. I’d like to introduce a note of...
  The most recent issue of Moscow Defense Brief has an interesting article (gated) by Vedomosti journalist Aleksey Nikolsky on the future of Oboronservis after Serdyukov’s ouster. Oboronservis was set up in 2008 as an integrated holding  company that would run the Russian military’s non-core...
(New York Times) With all the high-level diplomatic visits to Moscow and accompanying news headlines, a casual observer might easily conclude that Russia holds the key to resolving the Syrian crisis. But as the latest round of failed talks this weekend — this time between Russia’s foreign minister...

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