Monthly Archives: November 2011

The matter of terminology

My previous post was blessed with a number of thoughtful comments made by folks whose opinions I deeply respect.  Our discussion revolved around the meaning of “stability” in Russia.  I insisted that the current emphasis on “stability” as a political … Continue reading

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The Mismatch

The ongoing parliamentary election campaign in Russia reminds me of an electric fireplace. Everything seems to be there: firewood, flames, and heat. But there is no fire. Likewise, the Duma campaign – now in its final stretch – has all … Continue reading

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Are We Trying To Lose Russia Again?

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Russia is back in the focus of U.S. media. Needless to say, the coverage is mostly negative: as I wrote before, only “bad” news about Russia can spark excitement in American … Continue reading

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The Ambassador Of Better Will

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) On Oct. 11, a day before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Senate was to begin hearings on the nomination of Michael McFaul, President Barack Obama’s top Russia adviser, … Continue reading

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