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Alexei G. Arbatov is the Deputy Chairman of the Duma Defense Committee of the State Duma in the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. He is responsible for Russia's defense budget, arms control treaties, and defense industries. Dr. Arbatov was first elected to the Russian State Duma in 1993 as a member of the Democratic Party of Grigory Yavlinsky (Yabloko Party). He is a 1973 graduate of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations and has done postgraduate work at the Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Academy of Sciences of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Dr. Arbatov has published three books and numerous articles on international security and strategic issues, including an English language book, Lethal Frontiers: A Soviet View On Nuclear Weapons (Praeger, 1988).
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In April 1997, the U.S. Army War College held its Eighth Annual Strategy Conference, the topic of which was "Russia's Future as a World Power." Most of the speakers discussed various aspects of the many crises besetting Russia, and there were differing views on whether Russia would be able to surmount those crises and make the transition to a politically stable democracy and a market economy.