Henry Hale
Why have non-democratic regimes in the post-Soviet space been so durable? Some leaders whose human rights records are regularly criticized, from Belarus in the west to Kazakhstan in the east, have been in power now for close to two decades if not more. The formative experience of a whole new...
Andrew Barnes
Russia’s economy is obviously energy-reliant, but how vulnerable does that make it in practical terms? What would happen if global energy prices dropped significantly? In the shadow of the shale gas and oil revolution, this memo examines how a drop in energy revenues would affect Russia in three...
Andrey Makarychev
The question of how to engage an increasingly reluctant Russia in cooperation with its western neighbors was at the top of the Baltic-Russia Youth Forum held a few days ago in Vilnius. There were no clear-cut answers, but at least many stereotypes and misperceptions were unveiled on all sides. One...
Pavel Baev
The transformation of the global energy market has been so swift that strategic thinkers have had difficulty internalizing the consequences of a massive expansion of supply. In the United States, the long-aspired epitome of energy independence arrived so unexpectedly that policy planners now appear...
Oleksandr Sushko
The drama has accelerated over Eastern European integration projects. The EU announced that comprehensive Association Agreements are ready to be signed with Ukraine and initialed with Moldova, Georgia, and Armenia during this November’s EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit in Vilnius. In parallel,...
Sean Roberts
(Foreign Policy) (Co-author: Scott Radnitz) — The Chinese government thinks it can thwart unrest among ethnic minorities by raising their incomes. But prosperity doesn't buy loyalty. — On Oct. 28, a car crashed in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, killing two innocent bystanders and injuring about 40...
Mikhail Troitskiy
(Carnegie Corporation) Finding ways to mend the U.S.-Russia relationship requires a clear understanding of the benefits it can bring to both sides. Moscow and Washington need to rethink their expectations about potential gains from mutual engagement. Unmet expectations have repeatedly led to...
Sergei Medvedev
(Los Angeles Times) Political science professor Sergei Medvedev, a longtime lover and explorer of the Arctic, drew the ire of Russian President Vladimir Putin when he recently called for international protection of the icy northern region in the face of economic development plans. Last month, Putin...
Sergey Minasyan
With the recent change of government in Georgia, which has led to a reduction of tension between Russia and Georgia, Yerevan and Tbilisi are in a better position to improve their relations. Armenia and Georgia are also coming closer together through their efforts to continue and deepen the process...
Alexander Cooley
(Foreign Policy) Over the past few years, authoritarian regimes have come to place an increasingly high premium on the veneer and perceptions of elections, rather than on their substance. Today's savvier, more media-conscious autocrats are taking this approach to a whole new level: they are...

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