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Russia Squanders Its Soft Power

Joseph Nye, Project Syndicate

How War Can Come to Europe

Stephen Szabo, German Marshall Fund

Why Did Putin Turn?

Harold James, Project Syndicate

The problem for Russia is that it already has very little soft power with which to work. Indeed, as the political analyst Sergei Karaganov noted in 2009, Russia’s lack of sof...(full article)

A weaker economy and the threat of Islamic State may limit some tools available to Russia, but are unlikely to alter Moscow’s overall view and strategy in Syria....(full article)

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policy toward his country’s “near abroad” and the West has been badly misunderstood. Instead of focusing on broader geopo...(full article)

As the top brass presenters during the Moscow Security Conference in May 2014 consistently stressed, “color revolution” may be perceived as a potential threat to the Ru...(full article)

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the biggest surprise is how badly most of the post-communist nations have done since. There was a general expectation back then...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Myth of Russian Humiliation - Anne Applebaum, Washington Post

For the record: No treaties prohibiting NATO expansion were ever signed with Russia. No promises were broken. Nor did the impetus for NATO expansion come from a “triumphalist” ...

ISIS Is Putin's Problem, Too - Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast

Abu Omar also is a figure whose history on the battlefield extends into the rebellious Russian province of neighboring Chechnya, where his mother had her roots. And even as he pl...

NATO Makes America Less Secure - Doug Bandow, National Interest

Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization met in Wales in the shadow of the Ukraine war. Alliance advocates hoped to use the conflict to revive NATO, but responded, as usua...

The Small Cuts to U.S. Clout - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

So many international crises are hammering the Obama administration this summer — Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan — that smaller but still significant bl...

Georgia's Fifth Column Stirs - Michael Cecire, The American Interest

As the U.S. and Europe struggle to respond to Russian aggression in Ukraine, Moscow hopes to export its Orthodox-Nationalist ideology to Georgia—just as public cynicism towar...

The Bear in the Woods - William Saletan, Slate

A month after seizing and annexing Crimea—and with thousands of troops still massed on its border with Ukraine—Russia says it’s being unfairly portrayed as a menace....

Checking Putin's Eurasian Ambitions - Svante Cornell, Wall Street Journal

Georgia and Azerbaijan can deny Moscow access to the Caspian Sea and Central Asia. But they need U.S. support....

War Is Coming - Mikheil Saakashvili, Foreign Policy

In early March, the Russian Federation, after staging a referendum under Kalashnikovs in Crimea, proceeded to annex the region and laid the groundwork -- according to Moscow -- fo...

The Consequences of Russia's Anti-Westernism - Anne Applebaum, WaPo

Whether we like it or not, foreign policy choices increasingly have domestic consequences in the ­post-Soviet world. An alignment with Russia can bring Russian-style corruption an...

Obama Betrays Georgia - Will Cathcart, Daily Beast

When President Barack Obama delivered the message in Brussels Wednesday that neither Ukraine nor Georgia “are currently on a path to NATO membership” the news came as a...

Ukraine 'Tripwire' Could Backfire on NATO - James Kitfield, Bloomberg

Human tripwires can be a useful deterrent. But only if the stakes are high on all sides, the red line being defended is clear, and the commitment to act is firm. There is such a cl...

Let Georgia Be a Lesson for Ukraine - Mikheil Saakashvili, The Guardian

Crimeans vote tomorrow in an illegal "referendum" which will lock them into Russia's embrace. After this vote, and the takeover by Russian troops of the southern Ukraine peni...

The Putin of 2014 Is a Completely Different Man - Steve LeVine, Quartz

They began the lunches in 2008, a tight-knit group of retired American diplomats, spooks and government analysts assembling to untangle the latest news from the former Soviet state...

Why the CIA Keeps Getting Putin Wrong - Lake, Schactman & Dickey, TDB

Today, as in 2008, American policy makers have found themselves burned after trying to make Vladimir Putin a partner when Putin himself sees America as a rival. This has often led ...

Georgia and Russia Play Nice - Michael Cecire, The American Interest

Ever since the Georgian Dream coalition’s upset election victory over Mikhail Saakashvili’s UNM, Georgia-Russia relations have been on the mend. But don’t expect ...

Putin's Occupation Olympics - Eugene Kontorovich, Reuters

The upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi has naturally led to a critical look at the host country’s human rights record, with particular focus on issues such as the treatment of gays ...

The Caucasus: Laboratory of Geopolitics - Kaplan & Chausovsky, Stratfor

Forget the Middle East and Asia. Perhaps the most exquisite seismograph for subtle and not-so-subtle shifts in the geopolitical fortunes of major powers is the Caucasus, whose very...

Ukraine Is the New Georgia - Max Seddon, BuzzFeed

The massive protests against President Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev have made Ukraine a battleground between Russia, which wants to retain its economic dominance over it, and U.S. and...

The New Captive Nations of Eurasia - Damon Wilson, RealClearWorld

During the Cold War, against all odds and the tenants of realpolitik diplomacy, every White House and U.S. Congress championed the cause of the ‘captive nations' of central a...

The Pro-Western Wave Recedes - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

Is liberal democracy dead in the former Soviet space? Will Putin now succeed in recreating something like Moscow’s Soviet empire with his Eurasian Union?...

What's Left of the West's Cold War Victory? - Melik Kaylan, Forbes

Why does it matter to the rest of us what happens in Georgia and environs? Answer: if the West cannot help an aspiring ally with dreams of joining Nato and the EU, cannot even prot...

So Long, Saakashvili - Thomas de Waal, Foreign Affairs

It was the singular achievement of Mikheil “Misha” Saakashvili, elected Georgia's president in 2004, to have elevated his country's capacity for charm into the centerpiece of a...

The Rise and Fall Of Mikheil Saakashvili - Max Seddon, BuzzFeed

Georgia has been indelibly associated with Saakashvili ever since he led the Rose Revolution against a corrupt, neo-Soviet government in 2003. Now, as he prepares to make way for a...

Has Georgia Passed Maturity Test? - Giorgi Lomsadze , Tamada Tales

Georgia's political culture may have just hit puberty. After ferocious debating over constitutional amendment meant to cut presidential powers, the measure passed on March 21 in ...

Stalin's Ethnic Time Bombs - Robert Coalson, Radio Free Europe

Eighty-one-year-old Nikolai Khasig was born in Sukhumi in 1932. It was just one year after Soviet dictator Josef Stalin stripped Abkhazia of its short-lived status as a full-fledge...

Do We Have a Double Standard in Georgia? - Charles Fairbanks, Atlantic

The election was heralded as a sudden, successful democratic breakthrough -- something that had been a central objective of U.S. foreign policy since the 1980s. Democracy has chang...

Victor's Justice in Georgia? - Sam Patten & Michael Cecire, TNI

Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat its mistakes, or so the adage goes. Apply this thinking to recent events in Georgia, and the post-electoral slew...

Georgia vs. Chaos - Molly Corso, Foreign Policy

Earlier this week, Georgia's Defense Minister Dmitri Shashkin fled the country: "I have taken the decision to leave Georgia with the hope that I will come back and will have the po...

What's the Path Forward in Georgia? - Irakly & Giorgi Areshidze, CS Monitor

Georgia’s Oct. 1 Parliament elections were remarkable for two reasons: one, because the opposition Georgian Dream coalition won an overwhelming victory, notwithstanding an extre...

Georgia and Its Regions - Sergey Markedonov, The National Interest

Results of the parliamentary elections in Georgia have become a central theme in the Eurasian media in recent weeks. The success of the opposition bloc Georgian Dream, led by billi...

Next Georgian Leader Emerges as an Enigma - Ellen Barry, NY Times

Bidzina Ivanishvili, set to become Georgia’s prime minister, has such a scant track record in public life that it is difficult to know how he will govern....

Russia's Georgia Policy in Flux - Jamestown Foundation

The victory by the Georgian Dream (GD) opposition coalition in the parliamentary elections on October 1 has surprised outside observers. According to the latest official results af...

Georgia Should Abandon NATO Quest - Doug Bandow, Forbes

Since the so-called Rose Revolution brought Mikheil Saakashvili to power in January 2004, the U.S.-educated lawyer has dominated politics in this country of 4.7 million. But opposi...

Fulfilling the Georgian Dream - German Marshall Fund

  Georgia's president Mikhael Saakashvili promptly conceded defeat for his party in the parliamentary elections in Georgia on October 1. The number of parliamentary seats won ...

Georgia: Expect Storms Ahead - Simon Tisdall, The Guardian

Who rules this country matters greatly to Russia and the EU. But the outlook isn't clear after Georgian Dream's election win....

Georgia's Rose Revolution Will Not Wilt - Ian Bremmer, Financial Times

Now that Mikheil Saakashvili has lost the Georgian parliamentary election, some will pronounce the “Rose” revolution dead and buried – and that would miss the point entirely....

Georgia's Democratic Breakthrough - Washington Post

Mr. Saakashvili and his team have given Georgia an extraordinary boost toward joining the Western democracies — modernizing the economy, greatly reducing corruption and attractin...

How 'Pro-Russian' Is Georgia's New Leader? - Mark Adomanis, Forbes

Now it is of course possible that Ivanishvili is, in fact, a Russian agent. If presented with actual evidence of his dastardly pro-Kremlin ways I suppose I would believe it. But my...

Is Georgia's New Leader Crazy? - Shaun Walker, Foreign Policy

Beyond his zebra-rearing, art-collecting eccentricities, we don't know all that much about Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose Georgian Dream coalition won a shock victory in Monday's parli...

How Saakashvili Lost His Election - Simon Shuster, Time

The drive to Prison No. 8 took about an hour from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and we spent most of that time talking about colleges in California and traffic jams in Moscow, b...

Why the Stakes Are So High in Georgia - Liz Fuller, The Atlantic

More than any national election since 1990, the Georgian parliamentary election to be held on October 1 is a potential major turning point in the country's history. At one le...

In Georgia, Neither Side Plays by Rules - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

Something extraordinary is happening here Monday, in a region where autocracy is the norm: a genuinely competitive national election. What remains to be seen is whether it will p...

Georgia: Petals Drop Off the Rose Revolution - The Guardian

Mikheil Saakashvili's Georgia no longer seems to espouse the values that endeared it to Washington and Brussels....

Beware of Russia's Hidden Hand - Janusz Bugajski, CS Monitor

A top priority of Russian President Vladimir Putin is the reintegration of former Soviet republics – based on tighter economic links and culminating in a political and securi...

Georgia's Battle: Dictators vs. Dreamers - Walter Mayr, Der Spiegel

Parliamentary elections in the small Caucasus nation of Georgia will be held on Monday. President Saakashvili is waging a desperate effort against rivals who accuse him of behavi...

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