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...
Sergiy KudeliaSergiy Kudelia
Russia’s hard push for Ukraine’s integration into the Customs Union (CU) has reached a watershed moment. During an April 2013 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...
Cory Welt
Amid sensational accounts of hidden weapons caches and newly uncovered torture videos comes a relatively muted piece of news from Georgia – the June 14th conviction of 16 former government officials on charges of either direct torture and abuse of prisoners or a failure to report this illegal...
Nona Shahnazarian
The 2014 Olympics in Sochi in the Krasnodar province of the Russian Federation has been slowly bringing attention to the region’s various minorities. Though there has been tremendous historical foot-dragging by the Russian authorities to address their concerns, it seems that some small and...
Vladimir Popov
(Global Brief) How is the Russian man doing in 2013, nearly a century after the Russian Revolution and just over two decades after the fall of the USSR? Moscow, Europe’s largest city, has more dollar billionaires than any other city in the world. All told, there are 84 Muscovite billionaires,...
Sergey Markedonov
(RBTH) The detention of Makhachkala Mayor Said Amirov has brought Dagestan into the spotlight once again. A veteran Dagestani politician has been taken out of the game in a move that is nothing short of sensational. Dagestan has been the stage for many conflicts in the post-Soviet era. The largest...
Vladimir Popov
The specter of currency wars is again haunting policymakers. An outburst of competitive devaluations of national currencies happened on a major scale during the Great Depression. In recent decades, there has been a rapid accumulation of reserves by developing countries, especially China. This is...
Shairbek Juraev
On June 20, 2013, the Kyrgyz parliament voted 91-5 to cancel the U.S.-Kyrgyz agreements on the Transit Center at Manas airport to be effective one year from now in July 2014. There has been much  speculation about parliament accepting or rejecting President Almazbek Atambaev’s decision to close or...

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