Russia and Caucasus

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    • Op-Ed

    The Misperception Trap

    On my way out of Moscow on the day when George Bush and Vladimir Putin met for the last time in Sochi, Russian blogs were alight with complaints about how Putin had lost big at the NATO summit meeting in Bucharest the day before. As I flew across the ocean a few hours later, I sat next to a well-placed Washington operative on his way back from Bucharest. "Bush lost big at the summit," he said."

    • Op-Ed

    Illiberal Capitalism

    Since communism failed as an economic system, Russia and China have had to embrace free markets. But hopes that reform of communist economies would produce western-style democracies have been shaken.

    • Op-Ed

    The Myth of Putin's Success

    • Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
    • December 13, 2007
    • International Herald Tribune

    Carnegie Senior Associate Michael McFaul takes on the conventional wisdom that Vladimir Putin's tight-fisted rule has been behind the economic growth and stability over the past seven years. "The emergence of Russian democracy in the 1990s did indeed coincide with state breakdown and economic decline, but it did not cause either," McFaul writes.

    • Op-Ed

    The Lukashenko Loose End

    • Nikolai Petrov
    • January 16, 2007
    • Moscow Times

    The intense personal conflict between Putin and Belarussian President Lukashenko has deepened. The underlying causes have existed for some time. There are two explanations as to why problems have erupted now. One is that the Kremlin lost patience with Lukashenko's insolence. The second is that Russian leaders want to eliminate this obstacle before Putin's successor comes to power.

Carnegie Experts on
Russia and Caucasus

  • expert thumbnail - de Waal
    Thomas de Waal
    Senior Fellow
    Carnegie Europe
    De Waal is a senior fellow with Carnegie Europe, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region.
  • expert thumbnail - Dempsey
    Judy Dempsey
    Nonresident Senior Fellow
    Carnegie Europe
    Editor in chief
    Strategic Europe
    Dempsey is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe.
  • expert thumbnail - Lehne
    Stefan Lehne
    Visiting Scholar
    Carnegie Europe
    Lehne is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the post–Lisbon Treaty development of the European Union’s foreign policy, with a specific focus on relations between the EU and member states.
  • expert thumbnail - Sasse
    Gwendolyn Sasse
    Nonresident Senior Fellow
    Carnegie Europe
    Sasse is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe. Her research focuses on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, EU enlargement, and comparative democratization.

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