The following are selected academic articles and policy essays.
Articles and Essays
The Precarious Peace: Domestic Politics in the Making of Russian Foreign Policy
Throughout the history of the modern world, domestic regime change - be it democratization, autocratization, decolonization, decommunization, federal dissolution, coups, or revolutions - has often triggered international conflict and war. (...) The protracted regime transformation under way in Russia seems like a probably precipitant of international conflict.
State Power, Institutional Change, and the Politics of Privatization in Russia
In January 1992 Russia's first postcommunist government launched a comprehensive economic program to transform the Soviet command system into a market economy. Privatization was and remains the heart of this plan. The original program had a clearly defined objective, namely, to create profit-seeking corporations, privately owned by outside shareholders and not dependent on government subsidies for their survival. Two years later, this objective had not been achieved.
Why Russia's Politics Matter | The Nightmare That Wasn't
The results of Russia's first post-communist election in December 1993 sent a shock wave through the world. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the nationalist demagogue of the Liberal Democratic Party, captured almost a quarter of the vote. The pro-reform bloc, Russia's Choice, came away with 15 percent. Provoked by this dramatic outcome, Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin promised a new economic course, declaring that the election market "the end of market romanticism".
A Tale of Two Worlds: Core and Periphery in the Post-Cold War Era
With James M. Goldgeier | As the world moves away from the familiar bipolar cold war era, many international relations theorists have renewed and old debate about which is more stable: a world with two great power or a world with many great powers. Based on the chief assumptions of structural realism (...), some security analysts are predicting that a world of several great powers will return to the shifting alliances and instabilities of the multipolar era that existed prior to World War II.