Tag Archives: Russia

Stand-off in Crimea: Cui Bono?

It seems there has been no Russia watcher left in the world who has not opined on Vladimir Putin’s swift and not so covert moves in the Crimea, pondering: “who’s to blame and what to do?” In times like these it is also as customary for analysts of international affairs to wonder “to whose benefit?” Yet this question remains open even though some of the Western diplomats are already calling the current standoff the biggest crisis in Europe of the 21st century. Continue reading >

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Turncoats and Converts Make a Deadly Terrorist Mix

  By Simon Saradzhyan This is an extended version of the author’s “Mixing Turncoats and Terrorism” op-ed published in The Moscow Times on September 9, 2012. Events of one August day in Russia’s volatile republic of Dagestan have once again … Continue reading >

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Putin vs. Medvedev on Georgia war in 2008

By Simon Saradzhyan Belfer Center Research Fellow This August, Russia, Georgia and its breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia commemorate the fourth anniversary of the war that they fought in 2008. But while the mood has been predictably festive … Continue reading >

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Russia and Putin Redux: Prospects for Change

By Simon Saradzhyan  and Nabi Abdullaev            (Updated Monday, March 5, 2012) There was little doubt that Vladimir Putin would be elected president of Russia on Sunday and return to the Kremlin for a third term. The Central Elections Committee announced … Continue reading >

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Is Russia Still Dying?

By Ben W. Heineman Jr. (This commentary first appeared on theAtlantic.com) Following Vladmir Putin’s decision that he will run again for President of the Russian Federation next March, there are questions about continuity or change in economic reform, political reform, … Continue reading >

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Missile Defense Cooperation: It’s Really Not That Hard

By BG Kevin Ryan (US Army retired) Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs According to American press reports, the United States and Russia were close to signing an agreement on missile defense cooperation on the … Continue reading >

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The Global Future of Nuclear Power after Fukushima

The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan is sending shockwaves through nuclear planning agencies around the world.   Policy makers are asking for reviews of safety regulations, publics are expressing concern, and it appears likely that some of the … Continue reading >

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