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“Thai Protesters Take Up Squirt Guns.” Sarah Mendelson is quoted saying, “I’m all about the importance of listening to and responding to what people are demanding and what they need, but it’s a real dilemma if what they want is an authoritarian government,” in this article in the New York Times. April 13, 2010.

“What Congress Resorted to.” (Russian language) Sarah Mendelson is quoted in this article in Russian Newsweek on a letter from 71 members of Congress to President Obama protesting a joint working group on civil society, headed on the Russian side by Vladislav Surkov. January 17, 2010

No Heads Are Better Than Two.”  Statistics from survey work conducted by Sarah Mendelson in conjunction with the Levada Center are cited in this article in Foreign Policy.  January 4, 2010.

“Analysts Weigh Obama's Global Human Rights Policies.”  Sarah Mendelson discusses the upsurge in violence in the North Caucasus, impunity in Russia, and its importance to U.S. national security in this interview on CNN with Christian Amanpour. October 14, 2009.

“Clinton raps Russian failure to prosecute journalists' killers.” Sarah Mendelson  discusses the "culture of impunity" in Russia on the anniversary of  the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya in this AFP article. October 7, 2009.

“U.S. to Shelve Nuclear-Missile Shield.”  Sarah Mendelson is quoted discussing the PR challenges the Obama Administration faces in its nuclear defense decisions in this article in the Wall Street Journal. September 17, 2009.

“U.S., Russia agree to missile cuts, but tensions remain.” Sarah Mendelson is quoted arguing that U.S. leaders should make the most of this “unique moment” in U.S.-Russia relations in this McClatchy story. July 6, 2009.

“U.S./Russia Summit: President Obama in Moscow.” Sarah Mendelson appears on the Today Show discussing Obama’s image in Russia. July 6, 2009.

“Russian rights activists seek Obama's ear.” Sarah Mendelson discusses the U.S.-Russia Civil Society Summit at which Obama will meet with civil society leaders from both countries in this AP article. July 6, 2009.

“Obama Arrives in Moscow for Talks With Medvedev, Putin.” Sarah Mendelson is quoted discussing Russians' perceptions of Obama during his Moscow visit in this VOA article. July 6, 2009.

“Keeping Human Rights On The U.S.-Russian Table.” Sarah Mendelson is interviewed from Moscow on NPR’s Weekend Edition on the eve of the U.S.-Russia Civil Society Summit.  July 5, 2009.

“Will U.S.-Russia Summit Finally Begin 'Reset'?” Sarah Mendelson discusses the July Moscow summit saying "The focus is really to try and give both the Russian government but also Russian society a platform to be able to see if there is the possibility of a new and different relationship," in this RFE/RL story. July 2, 2009.

"U.S., Russia to Restart Arms Deal Amidst Tensions."  Sarah Mendelson discusses the U.S.-Russia July Summit and the need to expand beyond arms negotiations to other joint issues on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. April 24, 2009.
 
"U.S. Russia Relations."  Sarah Mendelson discusses the first Obama-Medvedev meeting in this report from BBC World News.  April 1, 2009.

"Little Support for Trafficked Women in Russia." Sarah Mendelson calls for police training and prosecution to fight human trafficking in Russia in an interview for NPR's Morning Edition. December 5, 2008. 

"Rice: Russia on a Path to Isolation." Sarah Mendelson calls for renewed U.S. policy towards Russia after years of watching Russian democracy unravel in this interview for NPR’s Morning Edition. September 19, 2008. Listen.

"Experts Answered Your Questions on Russian Politics." Sarah Mendelson discusses authoritarianism in Russia after its 2008 presidential "election" with PBS's Newshour Insider Forum. March 6, 2008.

"Russia's Presidential Election." Sarah Mendelson is interviewed on BBC World's World News Today to discuss the Russian presidential "election."  February 28, 2008.

“Russian Foreign Policy Hints at a New Cold War.” Sarah Mendelson explains Russia’s return to Cold War obstructionism and its implications for human rights on NPR’s All Things Considered. March 5, 2007.

“Mysterious Case of the Poisoned Spy.” Sarah Mendelson is quoted in USAToday discussing the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a former lieutenant colonel in the Russian FSB who had been researching the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya from London. December 14, 2006.

“Russian Authorities Investigate Spy's Death.” Sarah Mendelson answers questions about the Litvinenko poisoning in this online discussion hosted by the Washington Post. December 8, 2006.
 
Sarah Mendelson discusses the Litvinenko poisoning on BBC World Television. November 20, 2006.

"Selling Human Rights in Russia." CSIS’s work on social marketing and human rights activism is described in this interview with Grigory Shvedov, then news director for Memorial, in The Nation. March 1, 2006.

"Stalin's Legacy." (mp3) Sarah Mendelson discusses support and ambivalence for Stalin among Russians today in this interview with Claire Bolderson on the BBC Worldservice program Newshour. January 16, 2006.

"Russia: 'Spy-Rock' Scandal Has NGOs Worried." Sarah Mendelson discusses accusations by Russian security services of NGO involvement in Western backed espionage in this RFE/FL story. January 24, 2006.

"Russia Takes Reins of G-8 Amid Criticism of Putin." Sarah Mendelson discusses the G-8 and Putin’s authoritarianism on NPR’s All Things Considered. December 30, 2005.

“Survey Russia: Who Needs Democracy?” Grigory Shvedov and the CSIS-Memorial social marketing project in Ryazan are highlighted in this piece on the state of Russia's political development in the Economist. May 22-28, 2004.