Policy Memos by Mikhail Alexseev

Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012
From August 18 to 27, 2003, Russia staged the largest military exercises since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Code-named Vostok-2003, the war games were staged in the training zone of...
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Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012
Having enlisted Putin’s support in the global war on terrorism, the White House has not publicly protested the continuing zachistki (cleansing raids) and other systematic abuses of Chechen ...
Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

Studies of post-conflict settlement have shown that political decentralization rarely eliminates ethnopolitical violence. Yet, some form of decentralization often has to be used as a confidence building mechanism in the initial phases of rebuilding war-torn states....

Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

In response to the September 11 terror attacks on New York City and Washington D.C., Russia’s Muslim leaders went to great lengths to make a legitimate and valid distinction between Islam as religious faith and Islamism as a radical political ideology calling for a...

Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

Foreign affairs coverage in the mainstream media in the United States--centering on the wire services, the newspapers of record (The New York Times, The Washington Post), and the major television and radio networks--often appears mysterious. Why do specific stories,...

Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

Unpublished data from the passport and visa registration service of Primorsky krai, interdepartmental memos from the Pacific Regional Directorate of the Russian Federal Border Service, and this author's interviews with the chief of Primorsky krai Migration Service...

Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

The conventional wisdom is that since the collapse of Communism the regions and republics of the Russian Federation have taken advantage of political and economic decentralization to articulate and conduct quasi-foreign policies of their own. Indeed, developments...

Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

Since becoming the Acting President of the Russian Federation in late 1999, Vladimir Putin has spoken with utmost clarity about his concern for the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation and his intent to increase the concentration of political power with...

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Mikhail Alexseev 07-23-2012

The improvement of relations between Moscow and Beijing in the late 1980s and the demise of the Soviet Union lifted the political, economic and cultural isolation of the Russian Far East from China. While creating economic incentives for cooperation, the cross-border...

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Professor of Political Science
San Diego State University