January 31, 2013

Russia in Obama's Second Term

Andranik Migranyan, The National Interest

Before and after Obama’s second inauguration, a slew of articles in both Russia and the United States explored the outlook for U.S.-Russian relations in the next four years. Although these articles touched on many topics, a few are particularly relevant to providing an understanding of the character of bilateral relations. Embedded in them are a few myths and plenty of wishful thinking about prospects for improvements in the U.S.-Russian relationship.


I shall begin with what I consider the most interesting viewpoint professed for many years by one of the best experts on Russian relations, Tom Graham. Back in December, he and Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, published an article in The International Herald-Tribune exploring the multiple...

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TAGGED: Russia, Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama


January 27, 2013
Obama Buries the Reset
Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest
Russia is a less important global player today from an American point of view and so the failure of a Russia policy isn’t as crippling as it was a generation ago. Nevertheless, the reset has failed, and we have lost the modest... more ››
January 24, 2013
The Straw to Break Putin's Back?
Vladimir Ryzhkov, Moscow Times
Many people were surprised when tens of thousands of protesters turned out for the "March Against Scoundrels" in Moscow on Jan. 13. It surprised even protest organizers, who had not expected that so many... more ››
January 23, 2013
U.S. Starts a New Cold War with Russia
Stephen Cohen, Moscow Times
With the full support of a feckless policy elite and an uncritical media establishment, Washington is slipping, if not plunging, into a new cold war with Moscow. Relations, already deeply chilled by fundamental disputes over... more ››
January 28, 2013
America's Poor Grasp of Putinology
Richard Lourie, Moscow Times
Every self-respecting intelligence agency should have a full-time Putinologist. One reason is that PresidentVladimir Putinalone rules Russia. What he says goes. Of course, there are all sorts of competing influence groups —... more ››
January 20, 2013
Keeping the Pressure on Putin
Michael Weiss, NY Daily News
Many Russians seem to hope that Putin is more susceptible to Capone’s Law: Self-destructing over the most frivolous of his many offenses. Jailing performance artists and passing xenophobic adoption bans won’t affect... more ››