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PETER J. STAVRAKIS is Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1992-1993, Dr. Stavrakis was a research scholar at the Institute where he studied the bureaucratic transformation in Russia and Kazakhstan. He is the author of Moscow and Greek Communism, 1949-1994 (Cornell, 1989) and coeditor of Beyond the Monolith: The Emergence of Regionalism in Post-Soviet Russia, forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press.
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Authored by Dr. Peter J. Stavrakis.
In April the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute hosted its Eighth Annual Strategy Conference at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. The theme for the 1997 Strategy Conference was "Russia's Future as a World Power." For two days, scholars, military professionals, and policymakers from the United States, Europe, and Russia engaged in a very useful exchange of ideas and viewpoints. Dr. Peter J. Stavrakis, of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, describes the emergence in Russia of a kind of oligarchic capitalism, controlled by old political elites, and thriving amidst an extra-legal "parallel shadow government."