Kazakhstan: Is New Military Doctrine Response to Russia or the West?

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by Almaz Kumenov  In late September, Kazakhstan adopted its fifth military doctrine. The document outlines a shift in strategic thinking that seems, at least in part, designed to respond to potential threats emanating from Kazakhstan’s neighbor and ally, Russia —… Continue Reading  

What Is to Be Done About the “Russian Question?”

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by Igor Torbakov The October Revolution of 1917 was not a singular event, but five years of violent political upheaval and social radicalization, culminating with the establishment of the Soviet Union in 1922. It set the empire’s many peoples on… Continue Reading  

Nuclear Arms Control and Reductions in Jeopardy

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by Peter Jenkins Discussions last month in Astana, during a five day meeting on “Nuclear Dangers” hosted by the Kazakh government, gave rise to some sobering findings. A recent vote in the UN General Assembly had lifted the spirits of… Continue Reading  

A Syria Deal Trump Should Make with Putin

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by Paul R. Pillar Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appears to be trying to follow the sound advice of Ted Galen Carpenter in letting Russia take primary responsibility for handling the tar baby known as Syria. Tillerson reportedly told United… Continue Reading  

Can Trump and Putin Restart Relations in Hamburg?

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by Robert E. Hunter When Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet in Hamburg on the margins of the July 7-8 G20 summit, they need to begin a US-Russian strategic dialogue, like that between Washington and Moscow in all but the worst periods… Continue Reading