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Europe and Russia Studies

Added September 10, 2014
Type: Monograph
Turkey's New Regional Security Role: Implications for the United States. Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
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Why is a partnership between Turkey and the United States important? What must be done to create and keep a partnership that is advantageous to both countries?
Added August 26, 2014
Type: Monograph
Russia and the Caspian Sea: Projecting Power or Competing for Influence? Authored by Dr. Tracey German.
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A clear understanding of Russian strategic thinking and threat perception concerning the Caspian Sea is vital in order to facilitate effective U.S. policy in the wider Caucasus and Central Asian region.
Added July 17, 2014
Type: Monograph
European Missile Defense and Russia. Authored by Keir Giles, Dr. Andrew Monaghan.
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Strong Russian opposition to U.S. plans for ballistic missile defense (BMD) in Europe is likely to intensify further through 2015-16 as Phase III of the European Phased Adaptive Approach is implemented. This monograph examines a number of fundamental reasons—some valid, some spurious—why Russia is alarmed at U.S. BMD plans, and provides recommendations for managing the missile defense dialogue with Russia in the future in order to mitigate potentially damaging responses.
Added July 08, 2014
Type: Monograph
Russia's Contribution as a Partner in the War on Terrorism. Authored by Henry Plater-Zyberk.
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Russia and the United States have a common interest in fighting the threat of Islamist terrorism. In practice, however, efforts to achieve cooperation in this area have been hampered by differing concepts of terror and how to counter it, and institutional and procedural incompatibility between the two nations. This monograph explores counter-terrorism from a Russian viewpoint, in order to assess prospects for meaningful practical cooperation in this field with the United States.
Added June 26, 2014
Type: Monograph
Democratization and Instability in Ukraine, Georgia, and Belarus. Authored by Dr. Robert Nalbandov.
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Ukraine, Georgia, and Belarus have remarkable variance and incongruence between their levels of democratization, political stability, and economic development. This monograph by Dr. Robert Nalbandov explains the reasons for the different indicators in the three categories and explains the successes and failures of the democratization efforts in three post-Soviet countries.
Added May 05, 2014
Type: Letort Papers
Russian Military Transformation - Goal In Sight? Authored by Keir Giles, Dr. Andrew Monaghan.
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This Letort Paper assesses the range of options available to Russia for closing the capability gap with the United States and its allies, the authors review a flawed political perception of the key threats facing Russia and the challenges facing Russia’s military transformation.
Added May 02, 2014
Type: Monograph
Russia After Putin. Authored by Dr. Richard J. Krickus.
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This monograph addresses the question: "What next after Putin?" The answer will have a profound impact on U.S.-Russian relations—in particular, the capacity to forge a security relationship. The campaign to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons indicates that a new "reset" is in the making.
Added April 16, 2014
Type: Monograph
Augmenting Our Influence: Alliance Revitalization and Partner Development. Edited by Dr. John R. Deni.
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The role of allies and partners in the future of American Landpower is discussed.
Added March 31, 2014
Type: Monograph
Russia's Counterinsurgency in North Caucasus: Performance and Consequences. Authored by Dr. Ariel Cohen.
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Understanding the conflict in North Caucasus may be the key to understanding the future of the post-communist Russian state and its interaction with Islam, as well as regional mountainous insurgencies. The region’s turbulent past and present make it a potential source of future waves of instability both within Russia and abroad—especially if the Kremlin and the Russian and local elites fail to deal with accumulating local economic, social, religious, and political pressures.