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Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1493
Bulletins - September 1, 2007

Another energy tycoon on the lam;
Doing business, Russian style

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1492
Bulletins - August 28, 2007

A reprieve for Yukos in Europe;
Progress on solving Politkovskaya's murder

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1491
Bulletins - August 24, 2007

Putin's vision of Russian air power;
Clamping down on regional misconduct

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1490
Bulletins - August 22, 2007

A clear preference for a strong president;
Putting Prague on notice over missile defense

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1489
Bulletins - August 17, 2007

New Russian neo-Nazi group draws blood;
Edging out the BBC

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1488
Bulletins - August 14, 2007

Moscow and Tbilisi let the recriminations fly;
The return of "punitive psychiatry"

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1487
Bulletins - August 9, 2007

Deripaska dips his toe in the U.S. auto industry;
Back to Cold War bomber patrols

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1486
Bulletins - August 6, 2007

New missile moves from Moscow;
Welcome words on energy investment

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1485
Bulletins - August 3, 2007

Western human rights worries ahead of Russia's elections;
A tussle over the Arctic

Russia Shows the US the Central Asia Door
Articles - July 11, 2007

Defying all of its critics, the Bush administration may still be hanging tough in Iraq, but on another critical front of the 'War on Terror' – Central Asia – Washington appears to be in full strategic retreat.

The Death of Democracy Promotion?
Articles - March 15, 2007

What a difference a few years can make. In September 2002, less than a year after taking office, the Bush administration laid out a breathtakingly ambitious vision of American foreign policy. “The United States possesses unprecedented—and unequaled—strength and influence in the world,” the newly-released National Security Strategy of the United States proudly proclaimed. “Sustained by faith in the principles of liberty, and the value of a free society, this position comes with unparalleled responsibilities, obligations, and opportunity. The great strength of this nation must be used to promote a balance of power that favors freedom.” But less than five years later, that vision appears to be in full strategic retreat.

Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 214
Bulletins - December 20, 2006

Setting priorities for space; In Russia, mounting opposition to U.S. missile defense...; ...and more military modernization; Cutting off Chavez

Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 212
Bulletins - November 10, 2006

Russia's shifting nuclear strategy; A bumpy road for the "Bulava"; Iran's newest export; France's new firepower

Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 208
Bulletins - September 29, 2006

Chinese space warfare threat grows...; India looks to the stars; Japanese radar comes online; Fear and loathing in Moscow; Russia's aging strategic arsenal

Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 205
Bulletins - August 4, 2006

Missile defense progress in Prague...; ...and new inroads in Italy...; ...rattle Russia; In Beijing, an emerging space strategy; Taking stock in Seoul

Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 203
Bulletins - June 12, 2006

China's space ambitions; A new generation of Arrow takes off; Missile jitters hit Capitol Hill; Russia ramps up work on radars; Russia versus American space strategy

Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 202
Bulletins - May 26, 2006

China's evolving strategic arsenal; Tokyo eyes North Korean missile moves; Escalating missile tensions between Iran and Israel; Defending Europe from Iran...; ...creates ripples in Russia

Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 201
Bulletins - May 5, 2006

Changing course in Canada; A helping hand from Pyongyang; European basing faces the Congressional axe; In Israel, a changing missile defense focus; More missile moves from Moscow

Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 200
Bulletins - April 17, 2006

New movement in "New Europe"; The Kremlin's strategic calculus; The space imperative; Asia's changing missile focus

Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 198
Bulletins - March 13, 2006

New challenges from Russia; Tehran's accelerating ballistic missile program; A tenuous balance in the Taiwan Strait; North Korea comes back into focus

Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 196
Bulletins - February 6, 2006

Indo-Israeli cooperation moves forward; The push for Asian defense; Closing the book on the MTHEL; Refining the Shahab-3; Tokyo, Washington move closer on missile data; New missile claims from Moscow

Dismantling Tyranny: Transitioning Beyond Totalitarian Regimes
Books - December 2005

Dismantling Tyranny is the first significant study of how new democracies handled the legacy of the secret police of the previous totalitarian regimes. It contains chapters that study the cases of the Czech Republic, Estonia, the former East Germany, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Poland and Russia. This isn't just a history book, however. In the words of the publisher, "it is a guidebook designed to empower, inform, and guide future transitions toward democracy for those political leaders with the initiative and courage to embark upon such a visionary path."

Reviving Greater Russia? The Future Of Russia's Borders With Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova And Ukraine
Books - June 2005

In December 2001, a new Russian law laying the basis for the peaceful territorial expansion of the Russian Federation went into effect. The entire country of Belarus-as well as parts of Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine-are the most likely candidates to join Russia. Should this largely ethnically-based expansion occur, Russia would grow by more than 20 million people, and the resultant rise in Russian nationalism might encourage further Russian territorial ambitions-especially those directed at Ukraine. Even if Russian expansion stops with all, or part, of these territories, however, it could breathe new life into the ethnically based border problems of other countries. A timely and prescient work, made all the more relevant by Russia's invasion of Georgia in August 2008.

With or Against the West: Russia's Debate Continues
Articles - December 1, 2003
Russia's Retreat, China's Advance: The Future of Great Power Politics in Asia
Articles - February 5, 2003

The Soviet Union’s demise spelled the end of Russia as a European Great Power, although post-Soviet Russia remains a major European state and a power among others.  Less obvious, but equally important, is Russia’s decline as an Asian Great Power.  Moscow enjoyed this status for a relatively brief period and in large measure due to the weakness of China, Asia's historic continental hegemon.  China’s recovery from external domination set the stage, despite the disasters of Mao’s policies, for its expansion as a major economic and regional political force.  Today, China is reclaiming from Russia its place as the leading land power in Asia—the country others must always take into account.  This is a momentous transformation in Asian affairs and of great importance to the United States. 

AFPC Publishes Third in Monograph Series
Monographs - December 2, 2002

AFPC is proud to announce the publication of its newest monograph, The Russian-Chinese Border: Today’s Reality.

Reviving Greater Russia
Articles - October 24, 2002

In the last days of 2001, with little fanfare or public opposition, a remarkable new law went into effect in Russia. Enacted by President Vladimir Putin and key parliamentary supporters, this legislation officially codifies the procedures for peacefully expanding Russia's borders. It is no less than a blueprint for enlarging the Russian Federation, and one that could foreshadow a major push for "Greater Russia" on the part of the Kremlin.

Russian Marriage of Convenience
Articles - May 24, 2002

Amid the current turmoil in the Middle East, the White House is quietly gearing up for another challenge.This weekend, President Bush will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in a historic meeting - one that could further define the future of our war on terrorism. By all accounts, the summit is shaping up to be a major success. Over the past several months, an unexpected consensus has emerged between Moscow and Washington on a number of critical international issues. But on one topic - Iran - Moscow and Washington remain worlds apart.

Putin's Problem
Articles - January 8, 2002

Last May, on Vladimir Putin's one-year anniversary as president, throngs of Russians — wearing T-shirts that read "Team Russia: head coach V. V. Putin" — gathered in Moscow to announce that they had "turned their faces toward Russia, and their you-know-what's toward the West." Putin's supporters had a lot to cheer about. Since his ascent to power, the former KGB operative has reestablished Moscow as a major player in world politics. Through a wide range of economic and diplomatic initiatives, the Kremlin is fast reemerging as the preeminent power in Central Asia. Its officials are busy strengthening formidable alliances with China and Iran — and, through much savvy international maneuvering, Russia is well on its way to becoming an energy superpower.

Kremlin Coalition-Building
Articles - November 8, 2001

By all indications, U.S.-Russian relations have undergone a sea of change since Sept. 11.Prompted by solidarity with the American tragedy and their own experiences with religious radicalism, Russia has emerged as a key player in America's anti-terror coalition. And Moscow could well prove a valuable ally for Washington. With its large military presence and deep diplomatic influence, the Kremlin's assistance is crucial to any sustained American military campaign in Central Asia.But Russia's support is not likely to come at the expense of its own long-term interests. Even now, Moscow is hard at work on a coalition of its own -- one that could very well undermine American strategy in the region.

Slouching Toward Eurasia?
Articles - September 15, 2001

Since Vladimir Putin's assumption of the Russian presidency in December of 1999, Moscow's foreign policy has changed course. The norm is no longer President Yel'tsin's sometimes halting embrace of Europe and the West, which persisted in spite of pressures both from hard-liners within his own government (such as Foreign Minister -- and later Prime Minister -- Yevgeny Primakov) and from the secret police and intelligence organs. Instead, under Putin's direction, Russia's manipulation of foreign affairs -- despite fluctuations in tone -- generally appears to be more aggressive and "geopolitical," raising worries about renewed imperial aspirations on the part of the Kremlin.