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Putin’s Glorified Version Of Russian Nationality
Articles - April 28, 2014

 It seems more apparent that Russia's war against Ukraine also aims to impose a new ideological-political order in Russia if not the entire Commonwealth of Independent States. At home, this war has featured a massive, unrelenting propaganda offensive depicting Ukraine as a Hobbesian nightmare of civil anarchy and Russia as a unique Christian civilization under siege from the secularizing and nihilistic West. Russia explains the siege against it in geopolitical terms — as an effort to prevent the country from becoming a great power again. Russia also presents the attack in ideological terms— as an attempt to foist an alien and corrupt Western civilization and culture upon it.

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1890
Bulletins - April 25, 2014

Halting progress on sexual harassment;
Russian social media a target in Ukraine campaign



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1889
Bulletins - April 22, 2014

Russia and the global arms trade;
Back to Cold War provocations


What Putin Is Costing Russia
Articles - April 21, 2014

Just how much is Vladimir Putin's Ukrainian adventure actually costing Russia? Quite a lot, it turns out.

New statistics from the Central Bank of Russia indicate that almost $51 billion in capital exited the country in the first quarter of 2014. The exodus, says financial website, is largely the result of investor jitters over Russia's intervention in Ukraine and subsequent annexation of Crimea.

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1888
Bulletins - April 18, 2014

The Real Costs of Crimea;
Rasmussen: Russian imperialism a threat to Europe

Russia's Lurch Toward Fascism
Articles - April 18, 2014

We run the risk of missing critical aspects of Russian policy if we assume that Moscow's continuing invasions of Ukraine are exclusively about Russo-Ukrainian issues. One of the founding fathers of Soviet studies, Adam Ulam, observed back in 1965 that empire was the biggest obstacle to reform in Russian history.

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1887
Bulletins - April 16, 2014

Ukraine notwithstanding, New START trudges on;
Kyiv blasts Gazprom, lobbies NATO

Negotiating The Future Of Ukraine
Articles - April 16, 2014

Albert Einstein is said to have defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Today, U.S. policy toward Ukraine has become the embodiment of Einstein's admonition.

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1886
Bulletins - April 14, 2014

Russia: the unhappiest place on earth;
Gazprom’s risky game

Western Policy, Post-Crimea
Articles - April 7, 2014

By all accounts, Vladimir Putin appears to be winning. Over the past month, Russia’s wily president has managed to orchestrate the asymmetric invasion of a neighboring state (Ukraine) and annex a new territory into the Russian Federation (Crimea).