Friday, April 30, 2010
Engaging the Southern Democracies
Of course, it will fall on deaf ears. Foreign policy-making is so reactive these days, and geared to what immediate political benefit can be generated, that the long hard slog of institution-building doesn't seem to appeal ...
Monday, April 26, 2010
Going Back to Kosovo
My thoughts over at Foreign Affairs about Unfreezing Kosovo.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Putin's Duma Address
Comments always welcomed!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Jonathan and Saakashvili
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Convincing Congressional Skeptics on Russia
I listened to Undersecretary of State Bill Burns outline a broad and detailed agenda for keeping the positive momentum going in the U.S. - Russia relationship, and found it convincing--but the real question is, whether Congress will be convinced.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Wrong on the Reset?
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Nuclear Posture Review and Kyrgyzstan
... and some thoughts on Tulip Revolution II in Kyrgyzstan. Yes, a wait and see approach.
Friday, April 02, 2010
Iraq, Serbia, Russia (terrorism)
The Serbian parliament adopts an apology for the killings at Srebrenica in 1995. In comparison with the ocntinued reluctance of other governments in the greater Black Sea/Balkans region to ever admit anything bad, a major accomplishment. Recognize it for the step that it represents towards reconciliation--and remember, the Franco-German rapprochement was not accomplished in a day either.
Time to review Russia's counter-insurgency strategy--empowering local elites and factions to keep order on your behalf in the north Caucasus? Are the recent attacks a signal of desperation or that Moscow's attempts to keep the lid on the pressure cooker are running into problems?
Comments and thoughts on these topics welcome.