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Added May 05, 2014
Type: Letort Papers
Russian Military Transformation - Goal In Sight? Authored by Keir Giles, Dr. Andrew Monaghan.
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This Letort Paper assesses the range of options available to Russia for closing the capability gap with the United States and its allies, the authors review a flawed political perception of the key threats facing Russia and the challenges facing Russia’s military transformation.
Added May 02, 2014
Type: Monograph
Russia After Putin. Authored by Dr. Richard J. Krickus.
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This monograph addresses the question: "What next after Putin?" The answer will have a profound impact on U.S.-Russian relations—in particular, the capacity to forge a security relationship. The campaign to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons indicates that a new "reset" is in the making.
Added March 31, 2014
Type: Monograph
Russia's Counterinsurgency in North Caucasus: Performance and Consequences. Authored by Dr. Ariel Cohen.
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Understanding the conflict in North Caucasus may be the key to understanding the future of the post-communist Russian state and its interaction with Islam, as well as regional mountainous insurgencies. The region’s turbulent past and present make it a potential source of future waves of instability both within Russia and abroad—especially if the Kremlin and the Russian and local elites fail to deal with accumulating local economic, social, religious, and political pressures.