Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Russia, The New Enemy?

Russia, the New Enemy?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
1706 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.
Drinks at 6:30 PM & Discussion begins at 7:00 PM
Panelists: Nick Gvosdev of the National Interest, Igor Khrestin of the American Enterprise Institute, Ivan Eland of the Independent Institute, and Washington Times Editorial Writer Russ McCracken. James Poulos will moderate.
A prominent Russian journalist shot dead outside her home. A Russian dissident and writer poisoned in London. An American company building pipelines off Russia's Pacific coast threatened with fines and sanctions. The former CEO of oil and gas giant Yukos still behind bars. And proponents of Iran's nuclear program find an unlikely ally in the formerly communist power. Despite a rapprochement between President George W. Bush and Russia's Vladimir Putin following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a chill seems to have settled on relations between the two countries. After Vice President Dick Cheney's strongly-worded speech in Lithuania that all but announced the start of a new Cold War, the world is forced to wonder where Russia is headed next--and whether that direction pits Russia against the West. This is what we'll be discussing at a roundtable this Wednesday, January 10.
The event will take place at the Fund for American Studies, 1706 New Hampshire Avenue, NW. A brief reception will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by the discussion from 7 pm to 8pm. AFF Roundtables are free for members and $5 for non-members.
AFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and developing the future leaders of the libertarian and conservative political movement. AFF also produces the quarterly print journal Doublethink and the weekly online magazine Brainwash. Both feature articles by young conservative and libertarian writers. Podcasts of AFF's monthly roundtable discussions are also available for download at .
David Kirby
Executive Director
America’s Future Foundation
1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1250
Washington, DC 20036
202-255-2503 (c)
202-331-2261 (o)

Meet the new enemy... same as the old enemy. Makes you sort of wonder if 1990s economic expansion just kind of got the better of the geopolitical/tactical trends for a time.
During the Soviet period, the non-Russian republics benefited from heavily subsidized energy. The dispute with Belarus (and with Ukraine a year ago) may be an effort by Russia to end subsidies that no longer give Moscow the quid pro quo that was their earlier rationale.

One irony is that forcing Belarus to pay the real costs of independence could undermine the present regime in Minsk, which has otherwise been close to Putin's Russia. Belarus and Ukraine might also act in concert the next time there is a dispute over energy and Moscow can't bypass both of them. These disputes may be Russia's way of winding down residual imperial ties that really don't have a future, but with rather sharp reminders that Russia isn't to be taken for granted.
Post a Comment

<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?