Policy Memos by Stephen Hanson

Stephen Hanson 07-23-2012

Over the past year, perhaps no single theme has become more prominent among Russian diplomats, officials, and journalists commenting on relations with the United States than the refrain that the United States...

Stephen Hanson 07-23-2012

In just over five years, Vladimir Putin will be constitutionally obliged to step down as Russia’s president. Although Putin’s popularity rating remains in the 70–85 percent range, and his reelection to a second term in 2004 seems almost assured, the nature of the...

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Stephen Hanson 07-23-2012

During his first year as president, Vladimir Putin has repeatedly declared that the rebuilding of the Russian state is his very highest priority. Indeed, on this score there is now a remarkably widespread political consensus among Russian liberals, nationalists, and...

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Stephen Hanson 07-23-2012

There can be little doubt that open unemployment in the Russian Federation is going to rise dramatically over the next few years. Currently, approximately 10% of the Russian population is out of work--a figure about triple the rate in 1992 at the outset of Yeltsin's...

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Stephen Hanson 07-23-2012

The most recent round of financial and political crises in Russia serve to underscore the growing power shift between the federal government in Moscow and the 89 units that comprise the Russian Federation.

What follows is a brief...

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About the author

Vice Provost for International Affairs; Director of the Reves Center for International Studies
College of William & Mary