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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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
Inequality: The Russian Experience
by Daniel Treisman
“From the turmoil of recent decades, Russians have inherited . . . a belief that the existing income distribution is arbitrary and unjust.”
Moscow on the Pacific: The Missing Piece in the “Pivot” to Asia
by Dmitri Trenin
“Even as the Obama administration has pivoted toward the Asia-Pacific region, so has the Kremlin. . . .”
Central Asia Grows Wobbly
by Eric McGlinchey
“Aging autocrats and an absence of clear succession mechanisms make a combination that, if not soon addressed, will lead to political upheaval. . . .”
Perspective: What’s to Follow the Demise of the US-Russian “Reset”?
by Andrew C. Kuchins
Conflict in Syria and political protests in Russia have cast a shadow over relations with Washington while highlighting Moscow’s growing partnership with Beijing.
Books: Stuck With Putin
by William W. Finan Jr.
A new book details how US policies under George W. Bush helped sour Vladimir Putin on the West, leaving him in the paranoid funk that still colors his outlook today.
New Uncertainties Enliven Russia’s Election Season
by Timothy J. Colton
“To embrace curbs on his own power, Putin would need to act as much out of character as Medvedev would need to act against instinct in order to confront his benefactor.”
Russia, the 360-Degree Regional Power
by Andrew C. Kuchins
“For the first time in its history . . . Russia finds itself surrounded by states and political groupings that are economically, demographically, and politically more dynamic than itself.”