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Russia's Sliding Ruble

Feb 18, 2014
"As if Russia did not already have enough worries, with the security issues associated with the Sochi Olympics and the growing unrest next door in Ukraine, it now faces severe downward pressure on its currency," writes Will Pomeranz.

"Difficult to Draw a Balance Sheet": Ottawa Views the 1974 Canada-USSR Hockey Series

Feb 12, 2014
The Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project released Working Paper #68 from author John Soares. The paper uses Canadian archival sources to examine the diplomatic planning and difficulties surrounding the 1974 Canada-USSR hockey series.

The Sochi Olympics

Jan 31, 2014
How important are the Sochi Olympics to Vladimir Putin and Russia? And with concerns about security dominating pre-games discussions, how concerned should we be about safety?

Democrats Divided on Iran Sanctions

Jan 17, 2014
Jane Harman appeared on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown" with Time magazine's world editor Bobby Ghosh to discuss the Iran sanctions bill and Russia's oil-for-goods negotiations with Iran. "We've spent 10 years imposing sanctions to get to the point where we can talk to Iran, so let's talk to Iran," Harman said.

Putin's Judicial Vertical: Russian Rule of Law Takes a Step Backward

Jan 15, 2014
The upcoming Sochi Olympics prompted President Vladimir Putin to clear the decks of the country’s most prominent – and troubling – political cases, bringing renewed focus on the Russian judicial system. On the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution, William Pomeranz and Matthew Rojansky issue a rule of law report card for the Russian Federation.

Who Benefits from the Customs Union?

Jan 13, 2014
On November 2, 2013, President of Russia Vladimir Putin met with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in Yekaterinburg at the tenth annual Forum on Interregional Cooperation. In the presence of journalists, they disputed, with unexpected severity, which country had supplied more goods and invested more within the framework of the Customs Union.

Russian Geopolitical Assault: Possibilities and Realities

Jan 10, 2014
History proves that if, following the radical changes in the international relations, reliable mechanisms and instruments to support the new configuration are not set up, earlier or later some members of the system will try to disrupt the balance of forces. Geopolitical assault can be considered one of such instruments. Its essence is the restoration of the control over the lost territories and spheres of influence, and in the end, it leads not only to restoration, but also to the enhancement of its status in the international system.

Геополітичний наступ Росії: можливості та реалії

Jan 10, 2014
Історія засвідчує: якщо після радикальних змін в системі міжнародних відносин не створюються надійні інструменти та механізмів підтримання нової конфігурації, раніше чи пізніше спостерігаються спроби деяких учасників системи порушити баланс сил. Одним із інструментів таких дій може розглядатися геополітичний наступ, що полягає у відновленні контролю над втраченими територіями та сферами впливу, і це, зрештою, приводить не лише до відновлення, але й підвищення статусу в міжнародній системі.

Putin's Amnesty Is an Opening for the West

Jan 03, 2014
There are plenty of reasons to be cynical about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motivation in announcing an amnesty last month for more than 20,000 prisoners, writes Matthew Rojansky. But one vital fact should not be overlooked: real progress has now been made on one of the most persistently contentious items on the Russia-West agenda.
photo by office of Antonis Samaras

Putin’s (Un)Happy New Year

Jan 02, 2014
In his final 2013 appearances, Putin subtly warned — and the Volgograd bombings graphically confirmed — that major changes must come in the new year. William Pomeranz analyzes Putin's December speeches and what they say about Russia in 2014.

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