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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."

September 2000
Understanding Falun Gong
by Richard Madsen
"Why has the Chinese government mobilized vast resources to crush Falun Gong? The answer has less to do with the strangeness of its doctrines than with the effectiveness of its organization."

September 2000
China's Consumer Revolution
by Deborah S. Davis
"When within less than a decade millions of people gained access to advanced modes of communication, new vocabularies of social discourse, and novel forms of leisure through newly commercialized outlets, it does not seem an exaggeration to claim that a revolution in consumption had occurred."

September 2000
Cyberspace with Chinese Characteristics
by Kathlen Hartford
"Pundits outside China sometimes assume both the inevitability of the Internet's growth and the inexorability of the political opening-alternative sources of information, communications channels beyond government control-that may follow. But Internet growth is anything but inevitable, and in China, the government's efforts have both nurtured and structured the country's Internet."

September 2000
Global Capitalism and the Road to Chinese Democracy
by Michael A. Santoro
"American trade and investment in China is helping create a middle class with power and interests independent of the state. Will it be the fertile ground in which the seeds of democracy take root?"

September 2000
The Politics of China's Accession to WTO
by Joseph Fewsmith
"China's position shifted . . . in early 1999 to a more active and determined effort to join the wto. From a broad perspective, China's leadership had determined that globalization was unstoppable and that China could either join the trend or be left behind."

September 2000
Does China Have a Grand Strategy?
by Michael A. Swaine
"The guiding elements of China's calculative grand strategy are clearly reflected in the policies China is pursuing in four separate areas: policies toward the United States; policies toward military modernization; policies toward territorial claims and the recourse to force; and policies toward international regimes."

September 2000
Taiwan's Turnaround
by Shelley Rigger
"The election of Chen Shui-bian as president of the Republic of China on Taiwan was a political earthquake of even greater magnitude than the quake that struck the island in September 1999." The opposition party's "election revealed and reinforced changes that had been building beneath the surface of the Taiwanese political landscape for years."

September 2000
China, American, and Missile Defense: Conflicting National Interests
by Paul H. B. Godwin and Evan S. Medeiros
"The United States and China must engage in some deep soul searching. What type of strategic stability does the United States seek with China? Is China a large rogue state whose strategic forces must be neutered by defensive systems, or is it a small Russia where strategic stability is achieved through mutual deterrence?"

May 2000
Pipeline Politics in Chad
by Peter Rosenblum
"Chad has come to the center of international attention as the World Bank, international oil companies, and NGOs struggle over the development of the country's oil reserves. . . . The results will affect not only Chad's future but also the future of other countries dealing with issues of accountability and development in the face of multinational corporations and world financial institutions."

May 2000
America and Africa: Beyond the Double Standard
by William Minter
"In the post?cold war world the stated general goals of United States foreign policy-development, democracy, and security-are congruent with those of African peoples. When deciding how best to achieve these widely endorsed goals, however, a chasm emerges between perspectives crafted purely in the American foreign policy arena and those rooted in African realities."

May 2000
Nigeria: The Politics of Marginalization
by Minabere Ibelema
"Jostling for power by Nigeria's myriad ethnic groups has, for better and for worse, driven the country's political development since before independence from Britain in 1960. What is new is a rhetoric of the impossible: the marginalization of everyone."

May 2000
Making the Connection: Africa and the Internet
by Mike Jensen
"The development of the Internet is at a critical point in Africa. Web-based services could help accelerate the continent's economic growth and aid poverty alleviation, but these tools place large demands on an underlying infrastructure that is currently incapable of servicing them."

May 2000
Reporting Africa
by Stephen Ellis
"How-and by whom-is certain information identified as news, especially with regard to Africa? And what role does the African press play indetermining what foreign journalists regard as news-and in providing information for the African public?"

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