Russia and Eurasia
Russia and Eurasia
- CommentaryApr 14, 2015
According to news reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree yesterday lifting the ban on export and delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Iran.
- CommentaryMar 18, 2015
A year has passed since Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the formal annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation. This act, which in the Kremlin’s narrative amounted to the rightful return of an ancient Russian holy land, seemingly elevated Vladimir Putin to near savior-like status in the eyes of the Russian people.
- ReportMar 11, 2015
Today, the United States remains the only country with commitments that are truly global. Not only does the United States guarantee the security of its many allies around the world, it also acts as the ultimate protector of the global commons, especially the world’s airspace and the sea lines of communication over which most of world trade travels.
- CommentaryMar 2, 2015
The cold-blooded murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov last Friday against the majestic backdrop of the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral marked the further descent of Russian politics into the equivalent of Dante’s Inferno; a very dark place that seethes with hatred, deception, and violence.
- CommentaryFeb 13, 2015
The recent decline in world oil prices is likely to constrain economic growth and investment in the Caspian region.
The steep decline in global oil prices has dealt a blow to earnings for many energy-exporting states, pushing their finances and investment projects over the red line.
- Critical QuestionsFeb 9, 2015
- CommentaryFeb 5, 2015
Amid worldwide currency wars and competitive devaluations, Kazakhstan’s tenge has remained stable in a fixed band of 181 to 184 to the dollar, a level established last February when the Kazakh government imposed a 19 percent devaluation.
- ReportJan 29, 2015
Ukraine’s crisis has continued escalating since former president Viktor Yanukovych announced his decision to cancel the planned signing of an association agreement with the European Union in November 2013. Over the subsequent 15 months, what began as a debate over a relatively arcane trade deal descended into revolution, a Russian invasion, and a civil war in eastern Ukraine.
- CommentaryOct 31, 2014
For the fifth time in eight and a half years, Russia and Ukraine signed another gas deal, literally at the eleventh hour, late evening on October 30 in Brussels. This time negotiations were conducted under the mediation of the European Union (EU) with six months of back and forth discussions, during which Russia ceased supplying gas to Ukraine while gas transit to Europe continued.
- CommentaryOct 16, 2014
In its latest annual report on arms control compliance (released in July 2014), the State Department formally accused Russia of having violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.