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The authors investigate the structural bases for Russia's domestic challenges, if not crisis.

All of these issues are essential for any informed analysis of the future of Central Asian security, as well as relations among the great powers in Central Asia. The chapters in this volume focus on Russian developments in arms control in the light of the so-called New Start Treaty signed and ratified in by Russia and the United States in Prague, Czech Republic. Charles de Gaulle said that states are cold monsters. Jordan, Jr. These three papers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Russia illuminate the complexities and dilemmas facing any attempt to raise the vexed issue of conventional arms control in Europe.

Can or will Russia reform its state, economy, and armed forces at the same time? These papers provide an answer to those questions.

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A new work by leading Russian, European, and U. Authored by Dr. What are the prospects for further progress in the reset policy with Russia regarding arms control and nuclear proliferation by North Korea and Iran? This monograph attempts to postulate where we are, and possibly where we should be going, or will be going, with respect to these issues. The Arctic is the newest sphere of international competition for energy and security access.

Russo-Chinese Energy Relations: Politics in Command by Stephen Blank

It pits Russia against the other Arctic states. These essays fully explore and analyze what is at stake here and what Moscow has done to increase its capability and influence in the Arctic. The war in Afghanistan has made Central Asia an ever more important strategic theater and one over which many states compete to exert influence. This monograph comprehensively analyzes Russia's efforts to exert its influence in the region through These three papers illuminate the political struggles among the government and the military in Russia to forge a new defense doctrine and ultimately the doctrine itself.

No analysis of Russian defense or security policy is complete without the understanding and analysis provided here. Civil-military relations in Russia are a critical topic in understanding the domestic and foreign policy trajectories of the Russian state. This monograph show how highly undemocratic, and even dangerous, the absence of those democratic controls over the military and the police forces in Russia, when taken together, comprise multiple militaries. To what degree should we take Russia seriously as an important actor in Asia? Blank, Dr. Richard Weitz. The essays in this volume represent both a memorial and an analytical call to action.

Mary Fitzgerald of the Hudson Institute was one of the most brilliant and vivacious practitioners of the study of the Russian and Chinese militaries, whose insights helped not just to put those fields of study on the map, but also to influence U. President Obama has outlined a comprehensive strategy for the war in Afghanistan which is now the central front of our campaign against Islamic terrorism. The strategy strongly connects our prosecution of that war to our policy in Pakistan and internal developments there as a necessary condition of victory.

The author argues that a new approach, relying heavily on improved coordination at home and the more effective leveraging of our superior economic power in Central Asia to help stabilize the region so that it provides a secure rear to Afghanistan, is just as important.

As of September , the Bush administration was contemplating not just a break in arms talks but actual sanctions, and allowed the bilateral civil nuclear treaty with Russia to die in the Senate rather than go forward for confirmation. Russian spokesmen make clear their belief that American concessions on key elements of arms control issues like missile defenses in Europe are a touchstone for the relationship and a condition of any further progress towards genuine dialogue.

The prospects for U. But ultimately, given Russia's power, standing, and nuclear capability, dialogue and cooperation will be resumed at some point in the future. Therefore, an analysis of the prospects for and conditions favoring such cooperation is an urgent and important task that cries out for clarification precisely because current U. Russia presents an ever greater challenge to American policy and interests.

This monograph analyzes the dimensions of Russian threat perception, the mainsprings and goals of contemporary Russian foreign policy, and the requirements for a coherent U.

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Turkmenistan, a key natural gas producer in Central Asia is undergoing a transition from the sultanistic regime of President Sapirmurat Niyazov to some other form of rule. It also is being courted by all the major powers in Central Asian politics. This monograph examines the domestic dynamics of succession here and in Central Asia and the entwined international rivalry or great game for energy access and influence over regional security in Central Asia.

The author assesses U. He recommends policies designed to meet those challenges to American policy in this increasingly more important area of the world. Sales to such dangerous states oblige us to analyze the Russian defense export program and the structure of its defense industry.

This growing ambivalence, and even estrangement, reflects both domestic Rusisan trends and the deterioration of East-West security ties. American military power has created a strategic revolution by its successful and prolonged projection into and from Central Asia. This monograph explores the strategic and policy ramifications of that revolution in strategic affairs.

The author explains why it is necessary, and how we might ensure that we retain this access to confront future contingencies. The author challenges the utility of using those terms to characterize the threats we face, one element of the broader debate over the nature of war, U. The author has been asked to analyze four issues: the position that key states in their region are taking on U. Explores the unprecedented opportunities that are now before the U. The proper way to exploit them will become a subject of debate. The documented threat assessments addressed here are clearly the culmination to date of a long-standing process by which the Russian military and government have forsaken the optimistic Westernizing postures and visions of the initial post-Soviet years and returned in many respects to assessments and demands for specific policies that evoke the Soviet mentality and period.


The Clinton administration has proclaimed a strategy to engage and enlarge the democratic community of states. By virtue of their strategic location adjacent to Russia, the Middle East, and Europe s periphery, and their large-scale oil and natural gas deposits, Transcaucasia and Central Asia have become important testing grounds of this strategy. Thomas-Durell Young, Dr. William T. Notwithstanding the claims of some in the United States, European affairs continue to dominate U.

The end of the Cold War has not seen any blurring of the focus of U. Managing the implications of the break-up of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, the seemingly never-ending conflicts in the Balkans, increasing Western norms and institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, and expanding and reforming the North Atlantic Alliance are just some of the issues that require firm and consistent U. The papers included in this volume represent just such an effort to lay a firmer foundation for this continuing dialogue and to bring together different points of view.

The challenges to the United States and to its armed forces are numerous and highly significant. Moreover, we must begin to address them now even if other institutions cannot or will not do so with us. In NATO will formally admit three new members and adopt a new strategic concept. In so doing, it will take giant strides towards effecting a revolutionary transformation of European security. On the one hand, it could be said that NATO enlargement closes the immediate post-Cold War period that began with the collapse of the Berlin Wall in But on the other hand, enlargement raises a host of serious new issues for the Alliance and for U.

Despite over a dozen years of talk, the Soviet and now Russian military has not undergone a true military reform. Consequently, defense policy, in all of its ramifications, has remained essentially unreformed and remains an impediment to Russia's accommodation to today's strategic realities. Andrew Hopkins. This Is Not A Drill. Private Empire. Steve Coll. Images of the Past: Coalminers. Brian Elliott. The Squeeze. Tom Bower.

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