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Russia and Eurasia

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October 2000
Putin in Power
by Michael McFaul
"During the Yeltsin years, it became fashionable in the West to cite Russia's weak state as the source of Russia's ills. Putin has demonstrated after only a few months in office that the Russian federal state still has tremendous power-perhaps too much power-if the man in control of that state is vigorous, ambitious, and popular."

October 2000
Yeltsin and the Evolution of Electoral Monarchy in Russia
by Lilia Shevtsova
"Yeltsin's revolutionary rhetoric helped him create the appearance of a complete break with the past, but that break was never as clean as was imagined at first, nor could it have been. Yeltsin's destruction of the Soviet state looks less like a revolution than a palace coup."

October 2000
Through a Distorted Lens: Chechnya and the Western Media
by Anatol Lieven
"The media, along with human rights groups and the great majority of politicians and political commentators, have repeatedly called for a 'political solution' or a 'peaceful solution' to the Chechen war without ever detailing what that solution should be, or how it can be achieved. . . . This kind of approach may make everyone feel good about themselves, but it is also profoundly irresponsible."

October 2000
Can Putin Jump-Start Russia's Stalled Economy?
by James R. Millar
"Putin has moved slowly and ambiguously on the economy, and it is unlikely that the pace will quicken. . . . Russia appears to be stuck halfway between a command economy and a market economy, incapable of moving forward except by small, halting, and irresolute steps."

October 2000
How the Internet Did Not Transform Russia
by Rafal Rohozinski
In Russia, "the 'new dog' of the Internet was adapted and used to perform the 'old tricks' inherent to the Soviet system. Nine years after the Soviet system's demise, the legacy of that system and its attendant social order continues to influence and help shape the size, character, and social texture of the Russian Net."

October 2000
Russia's New Security Policy and the Ballistic Missile Defense
by Celeste A. Wallander
An understanding of Russia's concerns about missile defense "requires an understanding of Russia's new security, military, and foreign policy doctrines; the complex role nuclear weapons play in defense policy; the relationship between Russian conventional and nuclear capabilities; and the priorities for economic reform articulated by President Vladimir Putin's administration."

October 2000
First Step: AA and Alcoholism in Russia
by Patricia Critchlow
"From the earliest introduction of AA groups into Russia in the late 1980s, the newly found self-worth and self-knowledge gained by recovering alcoholics from their participation in AA's 12-step program have been founded on a freedom of expression that had been suppressed during the Soviet era. AA may be viewed by those it touches as a mini-course in the values of a free, open society."

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