Policy Memos by Nikolai Sokov

Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

As Russia prepares for early presidential elections, the foreign policy strategy of the most likely winner--acting President Vladimir Putin--is the subject of much speculation. Will he be pro- or anti-Western? Will Chechnya define his course or is it just a bump on...

Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

In 1998, retired General Aleksandr Lebed, governor of Krasnoyarsk krai, declared that he would assume control of a Strategic Rocket Forces division deployed on the territory of his region unless the federal government improved the financing of that division. Although...

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Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

To some, the title of this memo might seem an overstatement. After all, Russia is engaged in two sets of important arms control negotiations....

Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

The continuing standoff between the Russian government and the IMF threatens the nuclear non-proliferation regime. Dialogue with the Russian government, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program (also known as Nunn-Lugar), sanctions against Russian firms suspected of...

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Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

The recent announcement by vice-premier Yuri Masliukov that Russia would produce 30-40 Topol-M (SS-27) single-warhead ICBMs annually put the finishing touches on Russia's defense policy under the conditions of economic crisis. This statement would have come as a...

Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

As NATO contemplates the second wave of enlargement, many wonder what the Russian response might be. The experience of 1996-98 might suggest an optimistic scenario: the first wave was met with harsh words and threats, but the actual response was mild. Russia signed...

Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

Next January, Norway is planning to launch a research rocket similar to the one that caused a false alarm in the Russian strategic command and control system in 1995. An obvious concern is whether something similar, or worse, could happen with the second launch. This...

Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

Although Russia seems to be in perpetual economic crisis and political transition, it is not too early to begin contemplating the impact of economic growth on Russian foreign policy. Even if one would doubt, and not without reason, official and unofficial statistics...

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Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non‑Proliferation