Civil Society

    • Commentary

    Kadyrov Nears Abkhaz-Like Independence

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s consolidation or power, and Moscow’s pre-occupation with Russia’s economic and political crisis will force the Kremlin to reconsider Putin’s policy of appeasing Chechnya.

    • Commentary

    Words for a Russian Ghetto

    President Obama spoke brilliantly and powerfully at Russia's New Economic School during his Moscow trip. Unfortunately, few Russians heard his speech or got more than a glimpse of the American president on the television news.

    • Commentary

    The People Want Direct Elections

    A recent poll showing that 60 percent of Russians support the return of direct elections for regional governors, indicates a growing realization that the authorities are in no condition to fulfill their obligations.

    • Commentary

    Reaction to the U.S.-Russia Summit

    The agreements reached between U.S. President Obama and Russian President Medvedev at the U.S.-Russia summit showcased a great deal of positive rhetoric, but they are unlikely to lead to a substantial improvement in overall relations.

    • Commentary

    Obama Shouldn't Put Too Much Hope in a Kremlin-Led Thaw

    Pushing the "reset button" on U.S.-Russia relations will be impossible if a dramatic curtailment of Russian state resources produces harder political crackdowns, economic nationalism, and isolationism.

    • Research

    Religion and Globalization Across Eurasia

    Each of seven major religions in Eurasia—Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Protestantism, Russian Orthodoxy, and paganism—has been forced to develop under the modern pressures of globalization.

    • Commentary

    The Party That Can't Command 3 Chickens

    Bashkortostan President Rakhimov's public attack on United Russia's centralization of power strengthened him politically and demonstrated the political savvy of the older cadre of Russian governors.

    • Commentary

    Russia, Again Evading History

    The Russian government has intensified its attempts to edit the nation's past by establishing an anti-falsification commission whose potential effects on academic research are disquieting.

    • Research

    Asia's Overlooked Middle

    The economic crisis has had a clear impact on the already impoverished countries of Central Asia, but few Americans and Europeans have noticed. China and Russia have stepped in to provide aid, and their investments threaten institutional reform in the region.

    • Testimony

    Dagestan: A New Flashpoint in Russia's North Caucasus

    • Alexey Malashenko
    • June 17, 2009
    • Hearing of the Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)

    Grave violence plagues the North Caucasus, which should be a key humanitarian concern for Europe. But the economic crisis will largely determine how much will be done to help the region.

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