Tag Archives: Putin

Crisis management

A Kremlin-friendly political scientist Dmitry Orlov recently argued that “Russia had cured herself from the protest virus.” Had Orlov taken part in a literary competition, he could have won a prize in the category of wishful thinking. The “protest virus” … 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 Next Stop Is Duma

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Will those who believe that the Dec. 4 Duma elections still matter please raise their hands? Well, not a big crowd. And no wonder: the announcement that Vladimir Putin is returning … Continue reading

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Cassandra Who Cried Wolf, Or The Ungrateful Business Of Predicting Russia’s Future

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) In May 2001, the Atlantic magazine went to print featuring an article soberly titled “Russia is finished.”  Summarizing his experience in living in Russia since 1993, the article’s author, Jeffrey Tayler, … Continue reading

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For Russia, No News Is Good News

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Russia seems to be losing its status as a major newsmaker in the U.S. media.  Take, for instance, the influential Washington Post.  Since the beginning of June, the newspaper has published only three … Continue reading

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A Bumper Sticker Foreign Policy

In the recent (May/June) issue of The National Interest, Dimitri K. Simes writes about the lack of a serious conversation about the direction of U.S. foreign policy.  He points out that a vigorous debate about American mission in the world … Continue reading

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The Plateau Effect

In many natural processes, most notably physiological, there is such a thing as the "plateau effect."   At lower doses of a stimulus, the systems responds to it proportionally (usually linearly or sigmoidally).  However, after the dose of the stimulus exceeds … Continue reading

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