Nikolas K. Gvosdev

Politics & Policy

Debate? What Debate?

I’ll let the pundits argue over who “won” the debate, let them dissect body language and facial ticks, let them predict which one-liners resonated more with the elusive “swing voter” ...
Politics & Policy

Carnage in Kosovo

The world should be watching Kosovo, but it probably isn’t. In the United States, many believe that the dispatch of additional forces to the troubled province of Kosovo “solved” the ...
Politics & Policy

Russian Ruse?

Some analysts in the West adhere to a peculiar form of Occam’s Razor, whereby the most sinister explanation (in lieu of the simplest) is held to be the most likely ...
Politics & Policy

Putin Purges

No one should be surprised that Vladimir Putin dismissed Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov in the run-up to Russia’s presidential elections on March 14. Ever since the overwhelming victory of United ...
Politics & Policy

Cautious Optimism

The Washington commentary on Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Russia is almost universally negative. It need not be. There is, of course, no question that there were serious flaws in the electoral ...
Politics & Policy

Vox Populi

While Western pundits continue to decry the arrest of former YUKOS CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky as the advent of a new dictatorship in Russia, Russians themselves appear to have quite a ...
Politics & Policy

Putin’S Gamble

Why has Vladimir Putin risked international opprobrium (including jeopardizing the foreign direct investment Russia’s economy so desperately needs) in sanctioning the weekend arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the CEO of YUKOS, ...