Category Archives: u.s.-russia relations

Will the ECtHR Give Khodorkovsky a Ticket to Freedom?

I usually do not cover this issue, as you can generally find all things Khodorkovsky over at the Robert Amsterdam blog and in the Western Media. But an issue, and more importantly a dispute, is arising that could have potentially … Continue reading

Posted in European Court of Human Rights, Khodorkovsky, President Medvedev, u.s.-russia relations

A Democratic Softening on the Eve of Clinton/Lavrov Meeting?

 As Secretary of State Clinton prepares to sit down with Foreign Minister Lavrov tomorrow in Geneva, hopefully someone on her staff will point out two largely unnoticed pieces of legislation introduced by Pres. Medvedev last week.   The legislation reforms … Continue reading

Posted in elections, legislation, rule of law, u.s.-russia relations

A Strong Step Towards Improving US-Russian Relations

Today The Russia Monitor was privileged to attend an event at The National Press Club entitled, U.S. and Russia: A Window of Opportunity. Speaking at the event were Thomas Pickering, Undersecretary of State from 1997-2000 and Robert C. McFarlane, National … Continue reading

Posted in partnership for a secure america, u.s.-russia relations

Obama and Clinton to Moscow by Spring? Or Kremlin Zakazukha?

A few news sources are reporting that Hillary Clinton will visit Russia soon after the US Senate confirms her Secretary of State nomination. The Georgian Daily Times, quoting Itar-Tass, reports that David Siefkin, the Press Attache at the U.S. Embassy … Continue reading

Posted in Clinton, u.s.-russia relations

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

A Suggestion for President-elect Obama

For those of you who haven’t been to President-elect Obama’s transition website yet, it includes a feature that allows ordinary citizens – or at least those with internet access – to submit their ideas on any policy issue. I’m curious … Continue reading

Posted in President Medvedev, President-elect Obama, u.s.-russia relations | 1 Comment

A Debate on Russia

On Fareed Zakaria’s GPS this Sunday, the show led with a debate between two Russia experts – Prof. Stephen Cohen of NYU and Amb. Nicholas Burns of Harvard. Here is their exchange:

Posted in u.s.-russia relations