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Medvedev and the Modernisation Dilemma
10(15) MAS This paper examines the challenges facing the modernization project embarked upon by the current Russian leadership. It also examines the interrelationship between the Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, and his prime minister Vladimir Putin, analysing possible differences that may exist between the two men. The paper also discusses the possible implications for the Russian Federation, should the modernization project fail.
Ambassador Rogozin on NATO, Peace and the World
(11/03 Henry Plater-Zyberk) A review of two books written by Dmitry Rogozin, the present Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to NATO. The books cover his career and his views of many international events. Both books (written in Russian) show clearly that D Rogozin has political ambitions, after his returns to Moscow, and that in comparison with him even Vladimir Putin looks like a liberal. One can only hope that his least diplomatic declarations were read and understood in Brussels.
If spring comes tomorrow… Russia and the Arctic (2011)
(11/05 Steven J Main) Based on a historical and contemporary analysis of a wide body of Russian material, the paper explores the possibility that Russia will, if so required, use military force in order to maintain its presence in the Arctic.
Dagestan: Local hostility to Botlikh Military Township and anger over Gimry Tunnel closure
(12/01 Charles W Blandy) The concept of a military township at Botlikh, reminiscent of the Caucasus Fortified Lines of the 18th and 19th Centuries, was resurrected following the Chechen ‘invasion’ into Dagestan in August 1999. Resultant land expropriation and intermittent closure of Gimry tunnel harmed the interests of people in Mountainous Dagestan.