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December 19, 2011

People attend a sanctioned rally on a bridge near Bolotnaya square to protest against violations at the parliamentary elections in Moscow December 10, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of cities across Russia on Saturday to demand an end to Vladimir Putin’s rule and complain about alleged election fraud in the biggest show of defiance since he took power more than a decade ago. The banner reads Guest Post: Anya Schmemann on Russia’s Protests

People attend a sanctioned rally on a bridge near Bolotnaya square to protest violations at the parliamentary elections in Moscow on December 10, 2011. (Sergei Karpukhin/courtesy Reuters) When Vladi…

April 23, 2012

Defense and Security
Lukashenko-20120423 Guest Post: Anya Schmemann on Putting the Squeeze on Belarus

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko earlier this month released a prominent political opponent and his aide from prison. The move looks to have been in response to tough travel bans and asset f…

March 20, 2012

Defense and Security
education-national-security-task-force Guest Post: Anya Schmemann on the U.S. Education Reform and National Security Report

I had the great pleasure to spend the past two days at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  (Oskee Wow Wow!) To walk the Illinois campus is to see American education at its best. Whether …

March 1, 2012

Politics and Government
lindsay_russiaprotest_20120301 Guest Post: Anya Schmemann on Putin and Russia’s Election

Russian voters go to the polls this Sunday to pick their next president. The outcome looks to be a foregone conclusion: Vladimir Putin will likely win more than 50 percent of the vote, avoid a runoff…

May 8, 2012

Defense and Security
Turkey-task-Force-20120508 Guest Post: Steven Cook and Anya Schmemann on the U.S.-Turkey Relations Task Force Report

On Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visited a Syrian refugee camp in southeastern Turkey and declared that the Assad regime’s days are numbered. Over the last few months, Turkey has take…

April 10, 2018

Labor and Employment
The Work Ahead

The world is in the midst of a transformation in the nature of work, as smart machines, artificial intelligence, new technologies, and global competition remake how people do their jobs and pursue th…

March 21, 2017

Arctic
Arctic Imperatives

Overview "The United States, through Alaska, is a significant Arctic nation with strategic, economic, and scientific interests," asserts a new Council on Foreign Relations-sponsored (CFR) Independ…

September 16, 2016

North Korea
A Sharper Choice on North Korea

A new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Independent Task Force report, A Sharper Choice on North Korea: Engaging China for a Stable Northeast Asia, finds that the United States’ policy of “strategic…

March 31, 2008

United States
Schmemann: Europeans Fascinated with Obama ’Phenomenon’

Serge Schmemann, a veteran journalist based in Europe, says the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign has generated "a bigger stir than any election I can remember."

March 22, 2017

Arctic
An ice-free Northwest Passage is seen in this handout satellite photo from NASA U.S. Needs to Plan for Changes in the Arctic

The Arctic holds a grip on the public imagination as a frozen, remote, and inaccessible place – but the Arctic region is rapidly changing, and the United States would do well to take stock of the cha…