Russia & the Pitfalls of Moral Calculus

An extremely amusing discussion popped up on poemless’ blog the other week. One of Robert Amsterdam’s editors dropped in to make a few specific points about Georgy Satarov, former Yeltsin crony and a recent dabbler in the Other Russia movement. Sean Guillory stopped by and offered some historical context, plotting a line from Stolypin to …

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Deterring Neocon Boil & Bubble

There was an excellent article by Matthew Kroenig published on The New Republic’s website earlier this month, titled “Bombs Away.” In the article, Mr. Kroenig discusses “the real reason why Russia and China aren’t interested in stopping Iran’s nuclear program.” My assumptions about Russia’s position have rested on remarks I remember hearing by Pavel Felgenhauer …

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The Piper's Call

Robert Kagan — decorated academician, Carnegie Endowment talking head, and older brother of Fred Kagan, ‘author’ of the Iraqi and Afghan Surges — has an article out in the current edition of World Affairs. In ‘Obama’s Year One,’ Kagan tries to debunk the concept that the President’s foreign policy is realist, arguing instead that it …

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“Twenty-first Century Russia: An Image of the Desired Future”

Last week, the Institute of Modern Development released a report that caught a few headlines because it called for radical reforms in the Russian government. Igor Yurgens, the group’s director, “has regularly called for liberal reforms, [though] is not considered to have particular sway over Mr. Medvedev, who serves as chairman of [the] board of …

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The Illiberality of U.S.-Russian Relations

In a recent Foreign Policy article, Lilia Shevtsova has done a wonderful, though I think unintentional, job of synthesizing the paranoia of today’s neoconservatives. According to her assessment, America and Europe are abandoning Russia, leaving her to the wolves of illiberality. Russia’s dissidents are being deprived of their last “moral support and understanding,” and the …

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