This module features teaching notes by CFR Adjunct Fellow Jeffrey Mankoff, author of the Council Special Report The Russian Economic Crisis, along with other resources to supplement the text. Dr. Mankoff examines the domestic and foreign policy consequences of the economic downturn that hit Russia in late 2008, and how the shift in the political debate inside Russia influenced its perceptions of the outside world.
Since 2008, Russia, like many other countries, has experienced a deep economic crisis. The question is how this crisis might affect Russia's domestic politics and foreign policy and, consequently, whether any change is warranted in U.S. policy toward Moscow. Jeffrey Mankoff argues that Russia's need to focus on repairing its economy during this global crisis gives the West an opportunity to deepen its economic engagement with Russia, which could bind Moscow more firmly to the liberal global economic order and encourage reform in both Russia and neighboring states.
The suicide attacks in Moscow, whether or not the work of North Caucasus extremists, are a reminder that Russia must work to reform local administration, promote economic development, and end abuses by security forces in the region while cracking down on extremists, writes CFR Russia expert Jeffrey Mankoff.
This academic module features teaching notes by Jeffrey Mankoff, author of the Council Special Report Eurasian Energy Security, along with additional resources to supplement the text. In this report, Dr. Mankoff examines Russia's rise as an energy power and suggests that Europe can increase its energy security by working with--not against--Russia going forward.
This is a Council on Foreign Relations media call on the upcoming NATO 60th anniversary Summit. The meetings on April 3rd and 4th come right after the Group of 20 summit in London on the global financial crisis and that could suck some of the oxygen from the summitry in Strasburg and Kehl, but at the same time there are existential questions building for the alliance -- in particular, what is its role going to be in Afghanistan?
The Kremlin and the Obama administration have signaled a desire to work toward a more cooperative U.S.-Russia relationship. But CFR Fellow Jeffrey Mankoff says Russian sensitivity over its "near abroad" will continue to threaten progress.
This report looks at Russia's rise as an energy power, analyzing its control of supplies and delivery systems and its investments in energy infrastructure across Europe, as well as questions about the potential of its production, recognizing that European dependence on Russian energy will be a reality well into the future and that Europe can increase its energy security only by working with--not against--Russia.
Jeffrey Mankoff, an expert on Russia, says the dispute that led Russia to cut off natural gas to Ukraine has its origins in differences over pricing as well as Ukraine's interest in closer ties with the West.
Although the United States can expect some continuity in Russia’s transition from Vladimir Putin to Dmitri Medvedev, there are uncertainties about factors beyond the new president, that deserve a closer look, writes Jeffrey Mankoff. These include, the ideological preferences of the country’s elites, the interests of important bureaucratic decision-makers, and the ease (or lack thereof) with which Medvedev asserts his authority over these competing factions.
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