Director of the Russian Office at the John D. and CatherineT. MacArthur Foundation. Member of the Valdai Discussion Club.
Previous positions: Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences (1981-1988); Researcher and department head at the Institute of the World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1988-1999); invited Professor at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, California University in Berkley, and George Washington University. Professor of Russian Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (2000-2005); Bureau Chief of Russian News & Information Agency RIA Novosti, Washington (2005- 2008).
Selected publications: Published five books, including: “Russia and Its New Diasporas” (2001), “Global Security in the New Millennium: Russian-American Prospects”(co-editor, 1999), “Modern Asia: Socio-Political Development and Human Rights” (1991), and also many articles.
The rise of China and the relative decline of the role of the USA on the international arena demand de-ideologization of Russia’s view of the world. Political realism must be freed from the chains of outdated dogmas and from Russia’s ambitions to oppose the imaginary and abstract “West.”
The Obama administration is vulnerable to the criticism over the “reset.” The good news is that foreign policy is never at the center of American election campaigns. But whenever Russia is touched upon, the Republicans attacks usually focus on the undemocratic nature of the political regime in Russia and the dubious benefits of the New START treaty,
The China factor will increasingly shape US attitudes and policies towards Russia in the second decade of the 21st century. This may significantly amplify Russia’s role on the international arena in spite of its continuing demographic and economic decline.
The “reset” in Russian-American relations has expanded the common ground between the two powers, yet their partnership remains uneasy. The present state of affairs resembles a Cold War era détente, but with notable exceptions to the customary historical motifs.
Twenty years ago, on July 10, 1991, Boris Yeltsin was inaugurated as President of the Russian Federation. Many Russians who were ready and willing to go to the barricades for him ended up filled with a sense of bitter disappointment. Both his supporters and critics agree that he was the man who forged a new nation.
The tragedy in Kyrgyzstan is fresh evidence of the ineffectiveness of international organizations and institutions established to prevent or at least provide a prompt response to conflicts that threaten international security.
The official attitude of Moscow toward Russians outside the Russian Federation after the disintegration of the Soviet Union shows quite clearly the victory of pragmatism over the phantoms of imperial heritage. Yet the political rhetoric concerning this issue often has a neo-imperialist tone. It plays a compensatory role in the national consciousness and lays foundations for more resolute actions in the future.