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Manafort, Lobbying, and a Tale of Two Countries

May 7, 2018 | James Liska
A former campaign manager for Donald Trump, lobbyist Paul Manafort and colleague Richard Gates are charged with a bevy of federal crimes stemming from political work on behalf of Viktor Yanukovich, the disgraced former leader of Ukraine, and to a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. The root cause of the indictment – violations of the United States’ lobbying code – is impactful to the lobbying profession as a whole. To understand this, it’s important to analyze the landscape of the lobbying profession in both Russia and the United States.

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It’s Bin a Long Time Coming: Reforming Waste Management in Russia

May 3, 2018 | Garret Mitchell
Waste management may be far down the list of concerns among citizens of a nation struggling with income inequality and basic infrastructure safety, but as protests in Volokolamsk demanding closure of the city’s overflowing Yadrovo landfill have shown, proper garbage disposal represents a burgeoning social challenge.

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Social Media and Foreign Fighters from the FSU

April 28, 2018 | Karina Panyan
Social media not only plays a significant role in non-state actor evolution towards a network of global proportions, but also influences the methods by which extremist groups recruit and radicalize in the first place. Social media is a crucial cornerstone of extremist recruitment in the modern era, but it can also advance the methods by which the international community responds to these groups and individuals.

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Putin’s Children?: Russia’s “Putin Generation” and Its Attitudes toward the United States

April 27, 2018 | Aaron Korenewsky
Alternatively labeled Generation P, Generation Putin, the “Putin Generation,” “Putin’s Children,” and even “Puteens,” Russia’s first post-Soviet generation has generated quite the flurry of Western media coverage, particularly in the run-up to the 2018 presidential election.

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Returning Children of Foreign-Fighters: What is To Be Done?

April 23, 2018 | Karin Thomas
After IS collapsed, fighters and their families began returning home. The resulting threat posed by potentially radicalized returning children as well as avenues to mitigate that threat have largely been ignored by experts: effective rehabilitation programs must be offered to all returning children and must be tailored to individual needs and to the unique makeup of the North Caucasus region

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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.

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

February 16, 2018 | Katherine Baughman
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.

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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.

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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.

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U.S.-Russia Relations

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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