Category Archives: foreign policy

The Whole Putin-Trump Thing

I have been trying to write this post for two weeks now, but the issue seems to morph and expand on a daily basis. I did not want to write a ‘hot take’ that characterizes the majority of campaign coverage … Continue reading

Posted in Clinton, Cold War, democracy, elections, foreign policy, nato, neoconservatism, nuclear holocaust, Obama, President Obama, Putin, russia, u.s.-russia relations, War

Putin’s Bad Month – How the Sanctions Are[n’t] Working

Will the history books view the shooting down of MH17 as a similarly crystallizing event like the assassination of Franz Ferdinand nearly 100 years before? Maybe (probably depends on whose books you will read). In any case, it is difficult … Continue reading

Posted in Economic development, economics, Foreign direct investment, foreign investment, foreign policy, moscow, Novatek, oil, Putin, Rosneft, Russian economy

The Matrix Strikes Back – the Sanctions and Russia’s Post-US Economic Model

Everyone agreed that the first round of Russia sanctions were laughably ineffective, aimed at a motley assortment of Kremlin B-teamers, whom Putin demoted to limit the damage they can cause and about whom Putin couldn’t care less. The second round … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Business and Economy, Chemezov, clans, corruption, Dmitry Medvedev, Economic development, economics, Foreign direct investment, foreign investment, foreign policy, goskorporatsii, Government of Russia, Medvedev, offshore, power vertical, Putin, Putin's Plan, Rotenberg, rule of law, russia, Russian economy, siloviki, state corporations, strategic industries, Timchenko, u.s.-russia relations, Vladimir Putin | 4 Comments

Inaugural Impressions and Obama Administration Profile: Michael McFaul

After braving the fu#$ing cold DC weather to watch President Obama’s inauguration, here are some choice passages from Obama’s speech that have possible Russia implications: “With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat…” … Continue reading

Posted in foreign policy, Michael McFaul, President Obama, u.s.-russia relations

The International Economic Forum and Medvedev’s Speech

Once again, the world’s investors expressed their disagreement with the views of The Economist et al regarding Russia’s development trajectory. This time, they expressed their disagreement to the tune of $14.6 billion in deals made over last weekend’s conference. Also, … Continue reading

Posted in foreign investment, foreign policy, Medvedev

The International Economic Forum and Medvedev’s Speech

Once again, the world’s investors expressed their disagreement with the views of The Economist et al regarding Russia’s development trajectory. This time, they expressed their disagreement to the tune of $14.6 billion in deals made over last weekend’s conference. Also, … Continue reading

Posted in foreign investment, foreign policy, Medvedev | 1 Comment