Vladimir Gelman
Numerous experts reason that Russia is a normal country with a mid-range level of socioeconomic development. In other words, if one likens countries to students, Russia is a C-grade student: neither among the best in class like Finland or Singapore, nor among the worst like Zimbabwe. It is of an...
Andrey Makarychev
Two hundred-fifty people attending a think-tank event in Berlin in the middle of the week is undeniably a success. Indeed, the organizers of "Russia and Germany in 2030: Scenarios for a Bilateral Relationship," did not expect that the largest hall in their building would be completely full. The...
Samuel Charap
(The National Interest) With the recent downturn in U.S.-Russian relations, observers in both Washington and Moscow have remarked upon the cyclical nature of this key bilateral relationship. As Fyodor Lukyanov, a leading Russian commentator, noted in late 2012, “If we look at the relationship since...
Ekaterina Stepanova
(Research Paper) As part of a CIDOB Policy Research Project, a new paper was released titled, "Russia's Concerns Relating to Afghanistan and the Broader Region in the Context of the US/NATO Withdrawal," with a focus on the regional perspective and sources of tension in Afghanistan and Pakistan....
Kimberly Marten
(New York Times) The resignation of two Palestinian prime ministers in quick succession has left the Palestinian Authority leadership in limbo even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry seeks to accelerate negotiations toward a two-state settlement. But naming a new prime minister will accomplish...
Dmitry Gorenburg
The cover article of the brand new issue of Moscow Defense Brief (subscription required) from the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, examines developments in Russian military shipbuilding in 2012, written by Dmitry Boltenkov. Since the article is not publicly available, I thought...
Sergiy Kudelia
Russia’s hard push for Ukraine’s integration into the Customs Union (CU) has reached a watershed moment. During a recent press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin hinted that Moscow’s sales pitch was complete and noted, “The ball is now in our partner’s court.” In reality, the integration...

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