Last week a commission headed by Republican Rep. Christopher Cox of California released a report sharply critical of the conduct of U.S. policy toward Russia. On the eve of an election and a new administration, the report does the country a service in sparking a debate on Russia policy.
The financial crash of August 1998 delivered a shock to the Russian elite that it so well needed. Russia's problem was never too much "shock therapy," but on the contrary that the reformers were unfortunately too feeble so that they failed to impose both the necessary shock and undertake sufficiently radical reforms.
Presentations by Anders Aslund, Michael McFaul, Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Associates, and Stephen Holmes, Visiting Scholar.
Sea-based national missile defense systems have become the most discussed and least understood of all proposed missile defense projects. Proponents assert that Aegis destroyers and cruisers can quickly and inexpensively provide a highly effective defense.
Presentation by H.E.Zurab Zhvania, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia