Reinvigorating Alliances in the Western Hemisphere

Feb 3, 2016

By Douglas Farah, Americas Program Senior Associate and Michael Miklaucic National Defense University Center for Complex Operations

Putin's Self-Destructing Economy

Jan 20, 2016

By Vladislav Inozemtsev

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A little more than a year after “Black Tuesday,” when the ruble lost a quarter of its value in a day, the state of the Russian economy is still uncertain.

Unpacking Russia's New National Security Strategy

Jan 8, 2016

By Olga Oliker

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On December 31, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new national security strategy for his country. The timing may be part of a new pattern: about a year ago, Russia’s new military doctrine came out--on December 25, 2014.

Best of Enemies: The Russia-Turkey Confrontation beyond Syria

Jan 6, 2016

By Jeffrey Mankoff

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The most striking moments from Vladimir Putin’s December 17 press conference came when the Russian president condemned Turkey in rather colorful terms—the English transcript cleaned it up from “lick the Americans in a certain place” to “brown nose the Americans”—over its downing of a Russian Su-24 fighter bomber on November 24, an act Putin had previously termed a “stab in the back.”

From China to Europe without Russia?

Dec 17, 2015

By Vladislav Inozemtsev

Train passingIn early December, Russian and foreign press published the first mention of a new transport route linking China and Europe which has just come into operation. The partners of the project: Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey have offered Chinese industrialists express deliveries of goods to the EU by rail in 8-12 days.

Ukraine's Success - or Failure - is Up to Ukraine

Dec 8, 2015

By Olga Oliker

Barack Obama meets with Petro Poroshenko, June 5th 2014U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden visited Ukraine this week, bringing with him the promise of $190M in new assistance and insistence that the Ukrainian government press on with economic reforms and the fight against corruption.

Western Policy Towards Russia: Cooperation, Containment, or Something Else Entirely?

Dec 4, 2015

By Vladislav Inozemtsev

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin walking in IrelandI will start with some evident statements – the first one being that Russia these days is not the country Western politicians in late 1980s expected it to become in two decades or so.

U.S. Strategy Towards Russia

Dec 4, 2015

By Olga Oliker

Barack Obama and Vladmir Putin at G8 summit, 2013There can be little doubt that the question of U.S. policy towards Russia is due for a rethink. Russian actions over the last two years have challenged assumptions in Washington about Russian preferences, and debate rages regarding possible responses and policies.

Central American Gangs as a “Wicked Problem”

Nov 24, 2015

By Douglas Farah
Senior Non-Resident Fellow, Americas Program

In parts of the impoverished, dusty Choloma neighborhood on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, rag tag children stream down unpaved roads to a bare cinderblock community center where they receive a small bowl of soup and some bread, often the bulk of their daily nutrition.

Polio Eradication: Nigeria Must Keep its Eye on the Prize

Jul 24, 2015

By Nellie Bristol

July 24 marks a significant milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio: Nigeria, one of the countries where wild poliovirus has proven hardest to extinguish, has reported no cases of the disease for a year. While the success should be celebrated, it also should be viewed with a note of caution. The country’s polio program needs continued political attention and sufficient resources to achieve official polio-free certification, a determination made formally by the World Health Organization only after three full years with no cases.

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