Policy Memos by Mikhail Alexseev

Mikhail Alexseev 10-23-2012

Political scientists generally recognize the importance of international regimes, rules, and norms for understanding international interactions. Even in the absence of global enforcement, these...

Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

Let us imagine... at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the United Nations Secretary General announces a new peace deal for the Caucasus, surprising everyone. The details are...

Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

The Hajj, a pilgrimage to the holy sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina, is an increasingly common practice among Russia's Muslims. According to various estimates since 2007, at least 200,000 Russian...

Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

While attending a conference on combating terrorism and extremism at the state university in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, in April 2010, one moment in particular made me feel as if I had been placed...

Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

As part of its counter-insurgency strategy in the volatile North Caucasus region, the Russian government has stressed economic development and invested considerable resources into the region. Prime Minister...

Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

Russia’s top Muslim officials, Russian prime minister and former president Vladimir Putin, and Russian and American scholars all typically put the number of Muslim believers in Russia at around 15 to...

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Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

Since the mid-1990s, human rights groups, scholars, government agencies, and the media in the Russian Federation have documented a rising wave of individual and group acts of violence, destruction, or...

Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

Has Russia been missing out on the economic benefits of labor migration—particularly to and from Asia—and if so, in what manner and to what extent? What lessons or best practices about emigration and...

Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

One of the biggest movie hits of the Soviet era, The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath (1975), still shown around New Year’s Day on Russia’s major television channels to high ratings, exploited the profound...

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Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

With the horrors of the September 2004 school hostage massacre in Beslan (North Ossetia) very much in the Russians’ hearts and minds, the Kremlin announced sweeping reforms to strengthen central authority by...

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Professor of Political Science
San Diego State University