Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Nobel Cause

Calls are heard from around the globe demanding that President Obama be stripped of his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.  Indeed, awarding the price — which was originally intended to mark "the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing … Continue reading

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Russia’s Response To The Libyan Crisis: A Foreign Policy Paradigm Shift?

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) The rapidly changing situation in North Africa and the Middle East has presented Russia with a number of difficult foreign policy challenges.  Russia’s early reaction to the crisis in Libya has not … Continue reading

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The Peculiarities Of Russian Regional Elections

     (This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) The election system in Russia has certain features that make it different from its analogs in other countries.  In many places around the world, the activities preceding Election Day are tightly regulated … Continue reading

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The Guantanamization Of President Obama

It's official now: America has its mini-Gulag abroad.  Last week, President Obama signed an executive order formalizing the system of indefinite detention of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba.  This formalization follows Obama's other executive order — issued … Continue reading

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Visits Moscow

 (This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) If a contest for the best smile was held among leading American politicians, Vice President Joe Biden would win hands down.  Last week, Biden’s trademark pearly whites and folksy manners were on display in … Continue reading

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The Unsettling Dust: Russia Should Get Prepared To Face Consequences Of The “Arab Uprising”

 (This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Conventional wisdom suggests waiting until the dust settles before drawing conclusions from the events of the past, but the “dust” generated by the public unrest in North Africa and the Middle East … Continue reading

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Revolution, Schmevolution: America’s Struggle To Define The Arab Uprising

The rapidly changing political landscape in North Africa and the Middle East has posed a number of challenges for the Obama administration, the most pressing of them being to simply understand what is going on.  Initially caught off guard by the … Continue reading

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