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  • Commentary posted March 26, 2003 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Dr. Ariel Cohen Confronting Kazakhstan's 'Dutch Disease'

    As the United States is engaging in regime change in Iraq, the political turmoil in the Middle East is driving up the oil prices. Kazakhstan is flush with oil and gas revenues. However, without targeted government policy, the long term economic consequences of the hydrocarbon boom may lead to crowding out investment in the non-petroleum sectors and appreciation of…

  • Executive Summary posted March 5, 2003 by Dr. Ariel Cohen, Gerald P. O'Driscoll Executive Summary: The Road to Economic Prosperity for a Post-Saddam Iraq

    As the Bush Administration and Iraqi opposition groups plan the future of a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq without its weapons of mass destruction (WMD), economic issues loom large. Iraq's economy has been grossly mismanaged, and its people largely repressed, for 40 years. Iraq desperately needs an alternative to the failed policies of its dictator. Sound economics…

  • Backgrounder posted March 5, 2003 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Dr. Ariel Cohen, Gerald P. O'Driscoll The Road to Economic Prosperity for a Post-Saddam Iraq

    As the Bush Administration and Iraqi opposition groups plan the future of a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq without its menacing arsenal of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), economic issues loom large. Iraq's economy has been grossly mismanaged for 40 years, and its people desperately need an alternative strategy to supplant the failed policies of its dictator. Sound…

  • Commentary posted March 4, 2003 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Dr. Ariel Cohen China's Quest For Eurasia's Natural Resources

    As China continues its impressive economic growth, access to natural resources and raw materials is becoming increasingly vital, and will feature more prominently on the policy agenda of the decision makers in Beijing. If China seeks to maintain its economic growth rate of 1985-2000, it will face a major raw materials shortage and will be forced to focus on Eurasia…

  • Commentary posted February 20, 2003 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Dr. Ariel Cohen Russia-U.S.: A Beautiful Friendship?

    With the United States and Iraq moving closer to war, America is finding out who its friends really are. Dozens of countries have lined up alongside the United States, including Great Britain, Spain and the Czech Republic. More can be expected to get on board if war breaks out. The case of Russia is particularly fascinating. Recently, Russia's been more a pain…

  • Backgrounder posted September 25, 2002 by Dr. Ariel Cohen, Gerald P. O'Driscoll The Road to Economic Prosperity for a Post-Saddam Iraq

    As the Bush Administration and Iraqi opposition groups plan the future of a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq without its menacing arsenal of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), economic issues loom large. Iraq's economy has been grossly mismanaged for 40 years, and its people desperately need an alternative strategy to supplant the failed policies of its dictator. Sound…

  • Executive Summary posted September 25, 2002 by Dr. Ariel Cohen, Gerald P. O'Driscoll Executive Summary: The Road to Economic Prosperity for a Post-Saddam Iraq

    As the Bush Administration and Iraqi opposition groups plan the future of a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq without its menacing arsenal of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), economic issues loom large. Iraq's economy has been grossly mismanaged, and its people largely repressed, for 40 years. Iraq desperately needs an alternative to the failed policies of its dictator. Sound…

  • Backgrounder posted November 7, 2001 by Dr. Ariel Cohen, Baker Spring Strategic Defense and Cooperation Must Top the Agenda at the Bush-Putin Summit in Texas

    New avenues for cooperation, as well as contentious strategic defense issues that have long plagued U.S.-Russian relations, will take center stage at the upcoming summit of President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Crawford, Texas. The leaders, who come to the table at a pivotal time in international relations with high popularity ratings…

  • Testimony posted May 2, 2001 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Dr. Ariel Cohen Crisis in Ukraine: U.S. Interests under Threat

    U.S. interests in Ukraine are at stake as that country's political crisis deepens.  On Thursday, April 26, the Ukrainian Parliament (Rada) voted the popular reformer, Prime Minister Victor Yushchenko, out of office.2   The country is suffering from increasing political turmoil.3    An unprecedented scandal, allegedly involving President Leonid Kuchma in the…

  • Backgrounder posted November 30, 1999 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Dr. Ariel Cohen The War in Chechnya: What Is At Stake?

    Since late September, Russian troops have been bombing and shelling the territory of Chechnya, a secessionist, self-proclaimed "independent" republic in the Northern Caucasus. Although this second Russo-Chechen war was triggered by a number of security challenges to Russia, it has escalated to a point where the West must act to curtail the carnage. If the war is…

  • Executive Memorandum posted October 21, 1999 by Brett D. Schaefer, Dr. Ariel Cohen Increase Oversight to Prevent Loans to Corrupt Governments

    Members of Congress are rightly outraged over evidence that Russian officials have misused and diverted International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans that were intended to help Russia recover from its economic turmoil and institute reforms. However, such abuse of IMF assistance transcends the problems in Russia. Immediate congressional action is needed to restrict…

  • Backgrounder posted September 22, 1999 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Dr. Ariel Cohen Russian Money Laundering: Questions Congress Should Ask

    The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the New York Federal Reserve Board, the New York Banking Commission, and British law enforcement and national security agencies are undertaking a massive investigation of money laundering and diversion of international financial assistance. The investigation is currently addressing the diversion of between $4.5 billion…

  • Lecture posted July 28, 1999 by Dr. Ariel Cohen, His Excellency Dr. Valdis Birkavs, His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves, His Excellency Algirdas Saudargas The Baltic Quest for Security: Euro-Atlantic Integration

    THE BALTIC STATES: THE RETURN TO THE WEST AND THE SEARCH FOR SECURITY By Dr. Ariel Cohen The rebirth of Baltic independence in the wake of the Soviet collapse is one of the miracles of our time. It is a demonstration of how the free spirit can survive even in the darkest of prisons. The three Baltic countries--Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania--were the last to…

  • Backgrounder posted July 26, 1999 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Dr. Ariel Cohen New Prime Minister's Visit Is an Opportunity to Improve U.S.-Russia Relations

    On July 27, 1999, Russia's new Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, will visit Washington, D.C. Stepashin, who succeeds Evgeny Primakov, is a former Minister of the Interior and of Justice. Many in the Clinton Administration saw Stepashin's appointment by President Boris Yeltsin and Primakov's removal as an attempt to salvage Russia's relations with the West…

  • Executive Summary posted June 18, 1999 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Dr. Ariel Cohen Executive Summary: What Russia Must Do to Recover from its Economic Crisis

    When President Bill Clinton meets Russian President Boris Yeltsin on June 20 at the summit of the world's seven leading industrialized countries (the G-7) in Cologne, Germany, the discussion likely will focus on the current economic crisis in Russia. The reforms attempted by Moscow between 1992 and 1998 were poorly planned and executed, and riddled with corruption.…