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October 2014
The High Stakes of the Ukraine Crisis
by Andrew Wilson
“‘Transition’ is clearly much harder than it was immediately after the collapse of communism in 1989–91, now that the West is weaker and Russia is not only stronger but committed to keeping its neighbors weak.”

October 2014
How to Avoid a New Cold War
by Samuel Charap and Jeremy Shapiro
“[T]here is a need to find a balance between sanctioning Russia for its recent transgressions of international norms and keeping the door open for better relations in the future.”

October 2014
Russian Nationalism and Ukraine
by Marlene Laruelle
“Russia has openly questioned the legitimacy of the international system, claiming the right to a distinctive sovereignty that makes the protection of its cultural body abroad a moral duty.” Second in a series on resurgent nationalism around the world.

October 2014
Climate Change Policies in the Post-Socialist World
by Laura A. Henry and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom
“Achieving relatively easy terms under the Kyoto Protocol did not necessarily inspire post-socialist states to engage enthusiastically in international climate talks....”

October 2014
Armenia’s Search for Independence
by Richard Giragosian
“There are signs that Moscow may now seek to halt Armenia’s deepening of ties with NATO and target Armenian reformers.”

October 2014
Perspective: Why Turkey Has Been Quiet About Crimea
by Michael A. Reynolds
The Ottoman and Russian empires clashed for centuries, but Turkey’s recent embrace of its imperial legacy has not emboldened it to challenge Moscow over the annexation of Crimea.

October 2014
The Burden of Communist Legacies
by Vladimir Tismaneanu
A new volume edited by Mark R. Beissinger and Stephen Kotkin seeks to show how the communist past continues to shape the present in both state and society across the region.

October 2014
The Month in Review: August 2014
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in August, country by country, day by day.

October 2014
Map of Russia and Eurasia
by the editors of Current History
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October 2013
Can Putin Keep His Grip on Power?
by Daniel Treisman
“Putin’s efforts to reassert his leadership have created new problems while merely sweeping old ones under the rug.”

October 2013
Moscow’s Soft Power Strategy
by Andrei P. Tsygankov
“Faced with external competition, the Kremlin is preoccupied with reviving internal foundations for Russia’s soft power appeal.” Second in a series on soft power around the world.

October 2013
Russia’s Arctic Ambitions and Anxieties
by Pavel K. Baev
“[P]olicies based on the delusional but popular perception of the Arctic shelf as a ‘treasure chest’ of high-value resources that must be protected by military means have arrived at an inevitable dead end.”

October 2013
Turkey and Its Post-Soviet Neighborhood
by Kemal Kirisci
“In the long run, a stable, democratic, and economically dynamic Turkey that remains a member of the transatlantic alliance may be able to ease the post-Soviet region closer to the Western liberal order.”

October 2013
Georgia’s Rocky Path to Democracy
by Julie A. George
“[T]he essential story of Georgian politics is a gradual, long-term trend: the slow growth in popular expectations of an accountable government that engages in fair economic and political play.”

October 2013
Perspective: Is Assad’s Syria a “Win” for Moscow?
by Mark N. Katz
The Kremlin’s support of Bashar al-Assad’s regime appears to be working for now, but protecting unpopular autocrats hardly seems a sustainable long-term strategy.

October 2013
Books: Russia’s Technical Difficulties
by Joshua Lustig
A new book attempts to explain why Russia lags in the commercial application of scientific discoveries despite its traditional prowess in the arts and sciences.

October 2013
The Month in Review
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in August 2013, country by country, day by day.

October 2013
Map of Russia and Eurasia
by the editors of Current History
Map

October 2012
The Next Russian Revolution
by Lilia Shevtsova
“With an elite that seeks only to protect its own interests, and without any alternative force in society, crisis is the only thing capable of stirring the swamp.”

October 2012
Why Moscow Fears Arab Unrest
by Jeffrey Mankoff
“Throughout the upheaval in the Arab world, Moscow has been firmly on the side of the status quo. . . .”

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