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Other news of the day11/07/2011 No Pause for the “Reset” TROITSKIY, Mikhail The U.S.-Russia “reset” has become an acknowledged foreign policy triumph for the incumbent administrations in Washington and Moscow. However, amid the difficulties with negotiating further arms control agreements, politicians and pundits on both sides are tempted to conclude that the reset has largely run its course. Such talk is premature at best and harmful to U.S.-Russia...
Publications, quotes, and comments by PONARS Eurasia members: Arkady Moshes, "The Transition to Economic Liberalisation is Unstoppable," The Independent, Dec 21  →  "It may seem that the crackdown on popular protest in Minsk is proof the regime has full control of the situation and has not learned anything since March 2006–the last time the police violently dispersed protesters; it may seem that the people of Belarus should expect more of...
Originally published in the Atlantic Sentinel -- Even if youngsters in Tatarstan are becoming Islamic, the authorities in this Russian republic have little reason to fear a surge in religious extremism. Persecution of pious Muslims would in fact only spur violence, not prevent it. I recently came across an article that argues that Tatarstan is facing an Islamization scenario akin to what has already occurred in Ingushetia and Dagestan. It reports on...
Samuel Charap of the Center for American Progress argues in a July 23 Washington Post op-ed (“U.S. Needs to Carefully Plot Engagement with Russia”) that civil society “still plays a role in public life” in Russia and that the Obama administration’s “major expansion of government-to-government engagement (the ‘reset’)” could positively influence Russian domestic developments. Charap’s point about civil society concerns the passage of a new Russian law...
Last week in Kyrgyzstan, supporters of former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev occupied government buildings in the south and clashed with government forces before the interim government restored authority. The incident, in which at least one person died, reinforced the fact that the contours of Kyrgyzstan’s new political regime are far from settled. In recent weeks, Eric McGlinchey, Alexander Cooley, and Kathleen Collins have commented on Kyrgyzstan’s...
Alexander Pikayev, Pavel Podvig, and Nikolai Sokov wrote commentaries on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). Nikolai Sokov, “START Follow-On Talks Successfully Concluded: What's Next?” James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), March 25, 2010“The talks proved to be more challenging than some had anticipated—if someone thought that negotiators would simply have to review START I and decide which provisions will have to be kept...

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