Vladimir Putin Commentary

A Silver Lining . . .

 Tensions between President Putin and the West aside, a market economy has begun to function not only in the traditional centers of the country, but also throughout its periphery.

A Blank Check for Tallinn

Uncritical Western support for Estonia sends the wrong message, not only to Moscow, but also to Tallinn and other regional governments.

Kosovo's Western Front

All eyes in Kosovo and elsewhere are on the United Nations as the Security Council rules on the future of the Western Sahara.

Paradigm Lost

Thirty-five years after the ABM Treaty, balistic missiles remain crucial the U.S.-Russian ties. But the relationship has changed dramatically over the years in ways both sides should recognize.

Notes from Russia

The way Russia covered and absorbed the April 14 protests and Boris Yeltsin's death is indicative of Russia’s current political climate.

Remembering Yeltsin

When it comes to the legacy of Boris Yeltsin, the official encomia do not echo most Russians’ attitudes towards the late president.

Respect for Russia

With U.S.-Russian relations under the microscope, how Washington and Moscow perceive each other will be crucial in building a constructive relationship. But does the Kremlin have Washington’s respect?

Broken Promises

The recent effort by the Bush Administration to better explain U.S. policies in Eastern Europe will have no impact unless Washington is prepared to listen to Russian concerns and act accordingly.

In Serious Trouble

Speaking at The Nixon Center, Dimitri K. Simes discussed the precarious status quo of the U.S.-Russia relationship. The two countries can work together on important issues like nuclear proliferation and terrorism. But it will not be easy.

The Saudi Arabia of Gas

In its recent dealings with Hungary, Russia has continued to exploit divergent energy strategies among EU countries as its energy dominance encircles Europe. 

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April 19, 2014