Russia is once again asserting itself as a global power after two decades of economic and social turmoil. Its August 2008 invasion of Georgia signaled the Kremlin’s determination to maintain dominance in post-Soviet countries as a bulwark against the eastward expansion of NATO. Carnegie scholars in Washington and at the Carnegie Moscow Center offer analysis of U.S.-Russia relations, Russian foreign policy, the process of political transition in the Caucasus, and the region’s importance as an energy supplier.
After the Boston bombings by two ethnically Chechen brothers, Russia is angling for added U.S. anti-terrorism support in its efforts to subdue the rebellious northern Caucasus region.
Joseph Stalin, the Soviet leader responsible for the deaths of millions, still commands worryingly high levels of admiration in some post-Soviet countries.