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  • Commentary posted January 3, 2014 by Peter Brookes What happens in Russia may not stay...

    This week’s terrorist bombings in Russia allegedly perpetrated by Islamist militants from the Caucasus region should be of deep concern to us — and not just because of the Winter Olympic Games next month in Sochi. Of course, the two bombings in two days in Volgograd that killed some 30 people do give us good reason for concern about the security of thousands of athletes…

  • Commentary posted December 31, 2013 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. What Russian terrorists hope to accomplish ahead of Sochi Olympics

    As Russians prepared to celebrate the New Year, two horrendous explosions shook the city of Volgograd. Monday’s terrorist attacks -- both carried out by suicide bombers -- killed more than 30 people and injured more than 60 others.   Given the severity of the injuries, the death count will surely climb. And new attacks are possible. The bombings came just five weeks…

  • Testimony posted December 5, 2012 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. Iran Threatens U.S. Interests in the South Caucasus

    Testimony before the Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia, Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives December 5, 2012 Chairman Burton, Members of Congress, Ladies and Gentlemen: My name is Ariel Cohen. I am the Senior Research Fellow…

  • Testimony posted September 21, 2012 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. The Importance of the Upcoming Georgian Elections for the United States and the West

    Testimony before The Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), U.S. Congress September 20, 2012 Mr. Chairman, Congressmen, Secretary Melia, Ladies and Gentlemen: My name is Ariel Cohen. I am Senior Research Fellow, Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy at The Heritage Foundation. The…

  • Backgrounder posted March 26, 2012 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. A Threat to the West: The Rise of Islamist Insurgency in the Northern Caucasus and Russia’s Inadequate Response

    Abstract: The Islamist insurgency in Russia’s Northern Caucasus threatens to turn the region into a haven for international terrorism and to destabilize the entire region, which is a critical hub of oil and gas pipelines located at Europe’s doorstep. Neither Russia’s excessive use of military force nor its massive economic aid to the region appear to have helped. The U.S.…

  • Lecture posted February 28, 2012 by Garry Kasparov Why Vladimir Putin Is Immune to the American Reset

    Abstract: Vladimir Putin’s regime is best understood not in political terms, but in criminal terms. The minions and oligarchs are loyal to Putin because he offers them protection. They can commit any crimes they like, but as long as they stay loyal, they can get rich and take their money to the West. Pushing back hard and setting a firm, even confrontational line is the…

  • WebMemo posted July 21, 2011 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Stephen Blank “Reset” Regret: Russian “Sphere of Privileged Interests” in Eurasia Undermines U.S. Foreign Policy

    For many years, Russian diplomats have openly proclaimed that the former Soviet republics that make up the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are not truly sovereign states. Russian analysts have stated that Russia regards the Obama Administration’s “reset” policy as a U.S. admission that the CIS is within Russia’s sphere of influence. The reset policy has hitherto…

  • WebMemo posted October 26, 2010 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. Time to Revise Obama’s Russian “Reset” Policy

    In March 2009 in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pressed the “reset button” to restart the frozen Russia–U.S. relationship. Since then, the Obama Administration has hailed the reset as a great accomplishment. However, U.S. concessions on New START, limitations on missile defense, and hands-off policies in Eurasia…

  • WebMemo posted August 18, 2008 by Helle C. Dale, Oliver Horn The Sound of Silence: The Decline of the Voice of America inEastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia

    Last week, an exhausted, retreating Georgian soldier was overheard asking, "Where are our friends?"[1] Given that only days before the conflict--and for the first time in over 60 years of broadcasting--the Voice of America's (VOA) Russian-language radio programming fell silent, this was a legitimate question. Russian is the principle language in both Russia and large…

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  • Backgrounder posted March 26, 2012 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. A Threat to the West: The Rise of Islamist Insurgency in the Northern Caucasus and Russia’s Inadequate Response

    Abstract: The Islamist insurgency in Russia’s Northern Caucasus threatens to turn the region into a haven for international terrorism and to destabilize the entire region, which is a critical hub of oil and gas pipelines located at Europe’s doorstep. Neither Russia’s excessive use of military force nor its massive economic aid to the region appear to have helped. The U.S.…

  • Testimony posted December 5, 2012 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. Iran Threatens U.S. Interests in the South Caucasus

    Testimony before the Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia, Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives December 5, 2012 Chairman Burton, Members of Congress, Ladies and Gentlemen: My name is Ariel Cohen. I am the Senior Research Fellow…

  • Commentary posted January 3, 2014 by Peter Brookes What happens in Russia may not stay...

    This week’s terrorist bombings in Russia allegedly perpetrated by Islamist militants from the Caucasus region should be of deep concern to us — and not just because of the Winter Olympic Games next month in Sochi. Of course, the two bombings in two days in Volgograd that killed some 30 people do give us good reason for concern about the security of thousands of athletes…

  • Commentary posted December 31, 2013 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. What Russian terrorists hope to accomplish ahead of Sochi Olympics

    As Russians prepared to celebrate the New Year, two horrendous explosions shook the city of Volgograd. Monday’s terrorist attacks -- both carried out by suicide bombers -- killed more than 30 people and injured more than 60 others.   Given the severity of the injuries, the death count will surely climb. And new attacks are possible. The bombings came just five weeks…

  • Testimony posted September 21, 2012 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. The Importance of the Upcoming Georgian Elections for the United States and the West

    Testimony before The Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), U.S. Congress September 20, 2012 Mr. Chairman, Congressmen, Secretary Melia, Ladies and Gentlemen: My name is Ariel Cohen. I am Senior Research Fellow, Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy at The Heritage Foundation. The…

  • WebMemo posted August 18, 2008 by Helle C. Dale, Oliver Horn The Sound of Silence: The Decline of the Voice of America inEastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia

    Last week, an exhausted, retreating Georgian soldier was overheard asking, "Where are our friends?"[1] Given that only days before the conflict--and for the first time in over 60 years of broadcasting--the Voice of America's (VOA) Russian-language radio programming fell silent, this was a legitimate question. Russian is the principle language in both Russia and large…

  • WebMemo posted July 21, 2011 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Stephen Blank “Reset” Regret: Russian “Sphere of Privileged Interests” in Eurasia Undermines U.S. Foreign Policy

    For many years, Russian diplomats have openly proclaimed that the former Soviet republics that make up the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are not truly sovereign states. Russian analysts have stated that Russia regards the Obama Administration’s “reset” policy as a U.S. admission that the CIS is within Russia’s sphere of influence. The reset policy has hitherto…

  • Lecture posted February 28, 2012 by Garry Kasparov Why Vladimir Putin Is Immune to the American Reset

    Abstract: Vladimir Putin’s regime is best understood not in political terms, but in criminal terms. The minions and oligarchs are loyal to Putin because he offers them protection. They can commit any crimes they like, but as long as they stay loyal, they can get rich and take their money to the West. Pushing back hard and setting a firm, even confrontational line is the…

  • WebMemo posted October 26, 2010 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. Time to Revise Obama’s Russian “Reset” Policy

    In March 2009 in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pressed the “reset button” to restart the frozen Russia–U.S. relationship. Since then, the Obama Administration has hailed the reset as a great accomplishment. However, U.S. concessions on New START, limitations on missile defense, and hands-off policies in Eurasia…

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