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Richard Weitz

Putin at Valdai: A Deep Dive Into Long-Standing Grievances

Organizers take pride in the Valdai Discussion Club’s generally forward-looking approach. Yet...

Russia: The Clash of Civilizations Comes to Valdai Club

Founded in 2004 with the support of the Russian government, the Valdai...

Frozen Conflicts Undermine Nuclear Security

The renewal of armed conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the...

Kazakhstan: The Anatomy of a Pointless Election

With Kazakhstan’s meticulously staged parliamentary election now complete, only one question remains...

Alcoholism and Autocracy in Russian History

A newly published book highlights the critical role vodka has played in...

Will Mongolia Be The Next SCO Member?

China's foreign minister has suggested that Mongolia could become the next full...

Russia: Polling Data Focuses on Changing News Consumption Habits

Russia’s media landscape is rapidly changing, at least in terms of platforms...

Central Asia & Caucasus: The Promise and Pitfalls of New Election Technologies

In announcing that Georgia’s parliamentary elections would take place October 1, President...

Central Asia & Caucasus: Showdown Brewing Over Internet Governance in Eurasia

It’s clear that Russia and other authoritarian-minded, formerly Soviet states would like...

Armenia & Azerbaijan: Karabakh Should Be the First Nut to Crack

Matthew Bryza, the frustrated US former envoy to Azerbaijan, has retired from...

Central Asia and Caucasus: Looking Back at Wikileaks Two Years On

It’s been over two years since the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks released a...

Russia: Scholars Shed New Light on Cold War Kremlin

For a few dedicated academics, the Cold War isn’t dead. While recent...

Kazakhstan Set To Open Nuclear Fuel Bank

Kazakhstan is close to opening a nuclear fuel bank that would allow...

Afghanistan: Senate Probes Clinton on Obama Afghan Drawdown Plans

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 23 pressed Secretary...

Afghanistan: US Senate Mulls Impact of Bin Laden’s Death on Afghanistan

The death of Osama bin Laden “is a major victory” for the...

Kazakhstan: Promise Fulfilled?

Astana's relentless positive PR barrage continues in the aftermath of this month's...

Kazakhstan: An Observer’s Reflections on the Presidential Election

According to Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC), incumbent Nursultan Nazarbayev received 95.5...

Former Soviet Union: What was Rock’s Role in the Collapse of Communism?

Rock ‘n Roll didn’t play a significant role in bringing down the...

Russia: The Putin Paradox and Civil Society

Winston Churchill once famously described the Kremlin as “a riddle, wrapped in...

Russia: Democratization Not Dead Yet - Expert

Even though democratization in Russia is going through a lockdown phase at...

Central Asia and Caucasus: Where to Peg Value of WikiLeaks Cables?

Now that the initial shock from the release of American diplomatic cables...

Russia: Binge Drinking and Sudden Death

Alcohol is a major cause of unnecessary death among Russian men. That...

Afghanistan: Russia Pushes for CSTO-NATO Cooperation on Counter-Narcotics Front

As Russian President Dmitry Medvedev prepares to make an appearance in Lisbon...

Russia: US Helsinki Commission Takes on Corruption in Former Soviet States

For over three decades, the US Helsinki Commission has promoted the former...

Russia: Kremlin Buoyed by Higher Energy Prices, but Treasury Still Underwater

Higher energy prices have helped Russia regain its fiscal footing after the...

Russia: Facing a Demographic Time-Bomb?

Russia is experiencing an unprecedented demographic crisis, according to a prominent American...

The Bell Tolls for Jackson-Vanik Amendment?

If US troops can march across Red Square during the traditional Russian...

ran: Grassroots Voices and the Blogosphere

An April 12 conference held in Washington assessed Iran's social-networking sphere....

Iran's Manas machinations

So why is Iran bringing Kyrgyzstan, and Manas Air Base, into its...

Afghanistan: NATO Probing Possibility of Russian Arms Assistance for Kabul

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Russia are probing a deal under...

Russia: Foreshadowing the Obama-Medvedev Summit

The main topic of the July 6-8 summit meeting in Moscow between...

Iran: Looking for Ways to Change Tehran's Cost-Benefit Analysis on Nuclear Issue

In order for the Obama administration to successfully engage Iran on the...

Iran: US Experts Contemplate Ways to Get Tehran to Negotiate on Nuclear Issue

The Iranian nuclear issue is at a critical point. America's highest-ranking military...

Afghanistan: A Survey Sends Danger Signals for the Pending American Surge

Support is plummeting among the Afghan people for the President Hamid Karzai's...

Iran: Revolutionary Guards are Taking Over in Tehran

As Iran's Islamic revolution turns 30, some experts on Iranian affairs contend...

Afghanistan: Pondering New Directions Under the Obama Administration

US President-elect Barack Obama is considering a sweeping overhaul of Washington's approach...

Eurasia: Looking for Areas of Possible US-Russian Arms-Control Cooperation

Despite the recent deterioration in the West's relations with Russia following the...

Pakistan: Analyzing Civil-Military Relations in Islamabad

Even though Pakistan has restored a civilian government, the country's military establishment...

Pakistan: Analyzing Civil-Military Relations in Islamabad

Even though Pakistan has restored a civilian government, the country's military establishment...

Iran: US Experts Ponder Framework for Engagement Between Washington and Tehran

A key question for the next American president, according to two scholars...

Afghanistan: Rethinking Reconstruction

The Bush administration reportedly is considering major adjustments in its approach on...

Pakistan: Bush Administration Sticks with Pakistani Military

President George W. Bush is talking to Pakistan's civilian leaders, but the...

British Defense Secretary Reaffirms Transatlantic Solidarity in Afghanistan

British Secretary of State for Defense Des Browne expressed guarded optimism about...

Afghanistan: NATO Allies Experiencing "Battle Fatigue"

In early April, NATO allies reaffirmed their commitment to Afghanistan's democratization process,...

Businessmen: Russia's Medvedev Inherits Strong, But Vulnerable Economy A EurasiaNet Recap

On the surface, newly inaugurated Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is inheriting one...

Afghanistan: New UN Troubleshooter Aims to Improve Reconstruction Coordination

At NATO's Bucharest summit in early April, alliance members endorsed the idea...

Georgia: Gaining the Upper Hand in the PR Battle With Russia

Georgian officials are scoring points in the court of public opinion, as...

Afghanistan: New Approaches Needed to Defeat Insurgency û Experts

Recent gains made by American troops in Afghanistan could easily be squandered,...

Georgia: Saakashvili Hears Encouraging Words from United States on NATO Membership

After an encouraging visit to Washington, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has reason...

Kazakhstan: The Emerging Middle Class Thinks Money, Not Democracy

Conventional political wisdom holds that a growing middle class in any given...

Washington Provides the Glue that Binds Iran and Russia

Although Tehran and Moscow both wish to curb US influence in the...

Central Asia: Looking at Language Politics

Political shifts and economic factors are exerting considerable influence over language policies...

Ankara Makes Caucasus and Central Asia a Diplomatic Priority û Turkish President

Promoting peace and stability in the Caucasus and Central Asia is an...

Ankara Makes Caucasus and Central Asia a Diplomatic Priority - Turkish President

Promoting peace and stability in the Caucasus and Central Asia is an...

United States Makes Push to Improve Relations with Energy-Rich Turkmenistan

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to meet with Turkmen...

Afghanistan: Probing for Ways to Engage the Taliban

Any momentum gained from the recent peace jirga, which brought together Pashtun...

Bush and Karzai Reaffirm US-Afghan Strategic Partnership

A summit meeting between US President George W. Bush and his Afghan...

Ambassador: Washington Will Change Its Afghan Counternarcotics Programs

On July 27, US Ambassador Thomas A. Schweich, Acting Assistant Secretary for...

Eurasian Trade and Transport: New Silk Roads or Old Pipedreams?

A recent panel discussion in Washington, DC, expressed hope that new trade...

Japan Promotes Multilateralism in Central Asia

Lacking powerful foreign-policy tools of its own, Japan is promoting multilateralism as...

Afghanistan: US and EU Anti-Drug Strategies Are Diverging

Hoping to stem burgeoning narcotics production and trafficking in Afghanistan, the Bush...

Experts Call for Change in US Policies toward Pakistan

The United States needs to change its policies toward Pakistan to better...

US: Russia's Missile Defense Fears Driven by More Than Security

The recent declaration by Russia's air force commander that Russian warplanes would,...

The Other War: The United States Gears Up for Spring Offensive in Afghanistan

The United States is seeking to regain the initiative in Afghanistan, where...

GeorgiaÆs Uranium Scandal: Why Russian-American Non-Proliferation Cooperation Matters

The recent uranium smuggling incident in Georgia underscores the potential non-proliferation threats...

Russia and the United States Wrestle for Control of the OSCE Agenda

With Russia and the United States wrestling for control of the Organization...