Carnegie's Martha Brill Olcott spoke with host Bob Moon about Vladimir Putin's legacy, the Russian economy, and the course Putin's successor Dmitry Medvedev might take.
The political tragedy--in addition to the human tragedy--of the disaster in Burma
A panel of Carnegie Russia experts present analysis of the current state of Russia's political and economic development and the likelihood of continuity or change in Dmitry Medvedev's first term as president of Russia.
Many believe that when Chinese and Russian leaders stopped believing in communism they became pragmatists. But Chinese and Russian rulers do have a set of beliefs that guide their domestic and foreign policies. They believe in the virtues of strong central government and disdain the weaknesses of the democratic system. Chinese and Russian leaders are not just autocrats. They believe in autocracy.
Martha Brill Olcott looks in detail on Kazakhstan's positive trend and recent foreign policy achievements. While credit is givern to the leadership's skills in maneuvering both on the domestic political arena as well as among the great powers, Dr. Olcott still flags for potential future problems if President Nazarbaev fails to open up the political system.
During the Stalin years there was the notion of intensifying class struggle. Now we are observing an intensifying clan struggle as part of the Kremlin's policy of managed democracy, which, it would seem, has become quite overmanaged. This policy is particularly evident with governors, who have essentially become federal bureaucrats after President Vladimir Putin began appointing them.
The Carnegie Endowment is proud to announce its third annual Carnegie Junior Fellows Conference, the premier event for young professionals in the field of foreign policy: "A New Authoritarian Moment? Emerging Alternatives to Liberal Democracy," April 29, 2008.
While U.S. foreign policy continues to be formulated with an eye on short-term goals, European policies towards the Middle East, at both the national and EU levels, use the instruments of soft diplomacy and function in accordance with a multi-tiered approach that never loses sight of long-range strategies while allowing for alternatives that can be tried, tested and corrected along the way.
On April 17, 2008, the Carnegie Endowment hosted a discussion with authors Misha Glenny and Ron Suskind on the publication of Glenny’s new book McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld.
NATO's decision not to offer Georgia an immediate path to membership appears at first glance to be a blow to Washington. Although the NATO secretary-general announced that Ukraine and Georgia would eventually become members, Russia's envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, confidently predicted that nothing would change anytime soon.