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Reframing the Relationship: Putin, His Kleptocrats and the Regulation of Cryptocurrencies

April 18, 2018│Alexis Corn
As excitement over cryptocurrencies builds around the world, countries and their leaders have begun seeking ways to take advantage of this financial technology, or “fintech,” industry. The Russian Federation is no exception.

Katerhine Baughman

Ukraine’s Energy Security: How the U.S. Can Help

Katherine Baughman | February 16, 2018
With the exception of coal exports, the policies that have received the most exposure and continuing popularity in the U.S. political sphere are limited in their ability to assist Ukraine. However, support to less publicized domestic initiatives already underway could bolster energy security far more effectively.


Russia is Not a Threat Akin to the Soviet Union, but Still a Formidable Power

August 1, 2017│Keith Weber
Although not the superpower of Soviet times, Russia still must be dealt with as a great power.

Rachel Bauman

How to Restore U.S. Adoptions of Russian Children

June 1, 2017│Rachel Bauman
The restoration of American adoptions of Russian children is a logical first step in improving U.S.-Russia relations.

Connor Cleary

Idealism or Betrayal?: What Clinton-Yeltsin Rhetoric about NATO Expansion Tells Us about Today’s U.S.-Russia Crisis

May 25, 2017│Connor Cleary
Revisiting the rhetoric surrounding NATO expansion sheds light on the current confrontation between Russia and the West.


India’s Embrace of U.S. will Dampen Moscow-New Delhi Ties

May 18, 2017│Sasha Riser-Kositsky
Competition with China is pushing India towards the U.S. and away from its traditional ally, Russia.

Jaim Coddington

After Raqqa: U.S.-Russia Engagement in Syria

May 16, 2017|Jaim Coddington
A five-step roadmap for deepening U.S.-Russia cooperation to secure peace and American interests in Syria.

Kasey Stricklin

The Holy Alliance: How American Evangelicals Helped Shape Russia’s Anti-LGBT Laws

May 3, 2017 │Kasey Stricklin
How Russia became the religious right’s next frontier in the battle for traditional values.

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CGI Asks: Time for a U.S.-Russia Cybersecurity Pact?

January 17, 2017 │Experts consider whether a U.S.-Russia cyber agreement could deter future attacks.

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CGI Rising Experts Program

Former Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Aleksashenko speaks at CGI.

CGI invites young professionals currently working and/or conducting research in the field of Russian and Eurasian studies to apply for participation in the 2015-2016 CGI Rising Experts Program. The program, now in its third year, brings together promising young experts in the Washington, D.C. area for monthly networking and discussion events.


U.S.-Russia Relations

Obama Putin

U.S.-Russian relations are currently suffering from distrust and misperception on both sides, a fundamental obstacle that Obama’s ‘reset’ could not address on its own. Instead of focusing on mutual interests, the two countries tend to favor short-term policy fixes to individual crises. This program works towards a mentality shift, focusing on the construction a drastically new agenda based on a revised understanding of national interests and emerging global realities.


After Ukraine

After Ukraine

Russia’s annexation of Crimea during the Ukrainian crisis was viewed in the West as a direct challenge to the post-WWII order, placing under question such fundamental principles as state sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the inviolability of state borders. As the military conflict continues, our program will seek to examine the underlying issues brought to light by the conflict in Ukraine and attempt to identify its long-term impact on the international system.


Uneasy Triangle: Russia, China, and the U.S.

Uneasy Troika

Much has been said about Russia’s “turn to the East” following the signing of a 30-year gas deal between Moscow and Beijing in May 2014. But beyond its immediate economic and political significance, the long-term consequences of this event remain unclear. Uneasy Triangle: Russia, China, and the U.S. aims to explore the long-term implications of Russia’s growing ties with China, and the impact they might have on both countries’ relationships with the United States and Europe.


Global Governance: Emerging Challenges

The rise of multiple centers of power and the growing influence of non-state actors has brought about a transformation of the international system. Yet traditional international organizations, such as the United Nations and its Security Council, have shown themselves to be increasingly unable to respond to unforeseen events. CGI’s Global Governance program reexamines the foundations of the post-WWII international system and identifies new ways in which states could work together to respond more effectively to 21st-century challenges.


The Russian World: Examining a New National Concept

Russian World

The past decade has witnessed a growing discussion about the “Russian World,” the idea of a distinct Russian civilization, united by a common set of traditional values, often oriented in opposition to the West. Some see this concept as a means for the Russian government to project soft power in the near abroad, while others interpret the “Russian World” as a civilizational project that places Russia at the center of a broader Eurasian identity. The Russian World program will seek to clarify and examine this phenomenon, along with its consequences for Russia’s relationship with the West and the rest of the world.


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