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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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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 Cracks in the Russia-China Tandem


By Assoc. Professor Richard Rousseau, Centre for Strategic Research & Analysis (CESRAN),  September 19, 2012


China, Russia and the United States are major global players who are seeking to bring Eurasia within their own individual spheres of influence. Local and international analysts have repeatedly questioned the significance of the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership which, to all intents and purposes, is attempting to counter an extension of U.S. influence in the Eurasia and other regions of the world. Though this alliance serves the purposes of both states, the competition between them, which runs alongside it, also raises serious political and economic questions and may have a counter effect on the development of the region… (more) http://ow.ly/1mwyvz


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China & Russia veto, a weapon for Assad to kil...

China & Russia veto(Photo credit: FreedomHouse)

By Yu BinCenter for Strategic and International Studies, September 14, 2012

In early June, Russia’s new, and old, President Putin spent three days in Beijing for his first state visit since returning to the Kremlin for his third-term as president; his hosts (Hu and Wen) were in their last few months in office. Some foreign policy issues such as Syria and Iran required immediate attention and coordination between the two large powers. They also tried to make sure that their respective leadership changes in 2012 and beyond would not affect the long-term stability of the bilateral relationship… (more) http://ow.ly/1msgvZ

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Riga Conference 2012 Is Underway

German Marshall Fund of the United States, September 2012

The Riga Conference has become a leading foreign and security policy forum in Northern Europe. For two days in September, world-renowned political, intellectual and business leaders gather in the heart of Rīga to debate today’s most pressing international challenges. The conference brings together over 300 politicians, experts, academics, diplomats, media and officials from around the world. It will provide a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with key stakeholders on issues ranging from the financial crisis to NATO enlargement to Putin’s Russia… (more)  http://ow.ly/1ms4ZL

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Chelysheva’s Pursuit of the Truth in Putin’s Russia

By Jared Feldschreiber, World Policy Institute, September 14, 2012

On her Facebook page, reporter Oksana Chelysheva has an image of a rose bush blooming with large white flowers in the middle of a harsh, snowy winter. For her, the photo serves as daily inspiration that she can persevere no matter the hardship and continue to help truth flourish in Putin‘s Russia… (more) http://ow.ly/1ms0Ma

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Popular Dissent: Why Pussy Riot and Ai Weiwei Are Only the Beginning

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Free Ai Weiwei (Photo credit: jasonbchen)

By Alice WangWorld Policy Institute, August 31, 2012

The line for the public reading of Pussy Riot’s closing statements in New York stretched around the block of the Ace Hotel on the night before the women’s sentencing. Even after the doors were locked, the crowd waited on the off chance of catching the tail-end of the event, whose star-studded line-up included Chloe Sevigny and members of the American feminist punk rock band Le Tigre. Near the front, supporters exchanged views about the case with event personnel to pass the time. The banter grew heated when one disgruntled supporter evoked Madonna’s endorsement of Pussy Riot to make an impassioned argument that the cause was more important than the venue’s petty fires safety codes… (more)  http://ow.ly/1mes4E

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Putin’s Bad-Neighbor Policy


English: Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin

Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anders Åslund, Project Syndicate, August 28, 2012

Russia has shown itself to be an international spoiler with its ardent support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The contrast with its benign policy toward Libya in 2011 reflects how Russian foreign policy changed with the return of Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin. On foreign policy, at least, Russia’s former president, Dmitri Medvedev, mattered more than is commonly understood… (more) http://ow.ly/1maPj2

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