Tag Archives: Russia

Brookings: Dealing With the Real Putin

Brookings: Dealing With the Real Putin – The Obama administration has decided it’s time to “reset the reset” with Russia. The reset was one of the administration’s first foreign policy initiatives in 2009 and certainly reduced bilateral tensions for a period. But President Obama now faces Vladimir Putin as Russia’s president instead of Dmitri Medvedev, and the entire premise of U.S.-Russia relations will have to be reviewed. After 12 years at… http://ow.ly/2uFujW


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Vladimir Putin as Statist

Brookings Institute: Vladimir Putin as Statist: Restoring the Greatness of Russia http://ow.ly/2uCDOt

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The Five Personalities of Vladimir Putin

Brookings Podcast: The Five Personalities of Vladimir Putin http://ow.ly/2uCtc1

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Baltic States feel NATO’s real protection

GPF Europe: Baltic States feel NATO‘s real protection – President Dalia Grybauskaite and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed the overall implementation of NATO’s plans to defend the Baltic States, reported BC the presidential press service. http://ow.ly/2uC07u

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Georgian prison scandal draws pre-election criticism from Russia

GPF Europe: Georgian prison scandal draws pre-election criticism from Russia http://ow.ly/2slM7T

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Putin Starts Kazakh Visit

English: ALMATY. President Vladimir Putin and ...

President Vladimir Putin and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty via European Geopolitical Forum (GPF Europe), September 19, 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin has started a visit to Kazakhstan, where he is due to meet with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbaev and attend a forum on interregional cooperation in the northeastern Kazakh city of Pavlodar… (more) http://ow.ly/2sgR2r

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The Swiss illusion

By Hans Kundnani, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), September 19, 2012

At the end of last week I attended the Riga Conference, an annual Transatlantic foreign-policy conference that goes back to the 2006 NATO summit. For me one of the most extraordinary moments of the conference came during a panel discussion on the diminishing importance of Europe and the future of the West. The panelists included Julianne Smith, deputy national security adviser to US Vice President Joe Biden, and Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz, a former German ambassador to Russia and the UK. During the discussion, a member of the audience asked whether Europe might be becoming a greater Switzerland – rich but neutral and strategically irrelevant. Von Ploetz’s simple response was: “Switzerland is not such a bad country!”… (more)  http://ow.ly/1mwQeD

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