Putin’s Military Shakeup: Origins of Present Crisis

11/13/2012
2012-11-13 by Richard Weitz Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision last week to remove Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, Chief of Staff Army-General Nikolai Makarov, and other senior Russian defense officials and officers is an important development. And it could have a major impact on Russia’s military reform program as well as…

Putin Boldly Defends Military Reform

03/20/2012
by Richard Weitz Perhaps the most original content in Vladimir Putin’s pre-election article on Russian defense policy is his comprehensive support for Russia’s controversial military reform program. Putin and other Russian leaders understand that, no matter how good the new weapons Russia is receiving, the Armed Forces need a newly…

Kazakhstan and the Proposed Eurasian Union

02/20/2012
By Dr. Richard Weitz 02/20/12 - A central agenda item of Vladimir Putin’s reelection campaign is his call for a “Eurasia Union” among the former Soviet republics. Although denying any effort to simply restore the Soviet Union, Putin emphasizes the value of consolidating the former republics into something like the…

Putin’s Russia: The Impact of Demographic Decline

11/17/2011
[caption id="attachment_20891" align="alignleft" width="98" caption=" "][/caption] By Dr. Richard Weitz 11/17/2011 - As Nicholas Eberstadt, Murray Feshbach, and other scholars have noted, the Russian Federation has been experiencing an unrelenting demographic crisis throughout its two-decade history. Russia’s population has been shrinking more, and for a longer time, than almost any…

Perspective from Moscow: The International Arctic Forum

10/15/2010
By Caroline Mükusch cm@sldinfo.com 10/15/2010 - Competition for the Arctic has been growing intense since 2007. The Arctic neighboring states have proclaimed or renewed their national strategies on the Arctic. In the short-, mid- and long-term perspective, the question of who is entitled to the Arctic region and its vast…