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Dr. Ariel Cohen is Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy at the Katherine and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Policy at The Heritage Foundation. He directs high-level conferences on Eurasian security, terrorism and energy, the rule of law, crime and corruption, and a variety of other issues. He also directs Heritage’s energy simulation exercises and war games involving Russia (2007-11). Dr. Cohen conducts White House briefings, and regularly lectures for the U.S. Government, including the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Training and Doctrine and Special Forces Commands of the U.S. armed services, Central Intelligence Agency. and Defense Intelligence Agency. He frequently testifies before committees of the U.S. Congress, including Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, House Armed Services Committee, House Judiciary Committee and the Helsinki Commission. Dr. Cohen is also a Member of the Council of Foreign Relations and International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). Dr. Cohen authored Russian Imperialism: Development and Crisis (Praeger Publishers/Greenwood, 1996 and 1998), edited and co-authored Eurasia in Balance, (Ashgate, United Kingdom, 2005), and authored Kazakhstan: The Road to Independence: Energy Policy and the Birth of a Nation (School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins Central Asia Caucasus Institute, 2008).
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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.
Authored by Dr. Ariel Cohen, Colonel Robert E. Hamilton.
In this monograph, the authors state that Russia planned the war against Georgia in August 2008 aiming for the annexation of Abkhazia, weakening the Saakashvili regime, and prevention of NATO enlargement. According to them, while Russia won the campaign, it also exposed its own military as badly needing reform. The war also demonstrated weaknesses of the NATO and the European Union security systems.