Report: Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and Russia at 25 – New Approaches for Emerging Challenges

May 31, 2016

The Center on Global Interests’ second annual Rising Experts Program reflected on the theme of “Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and Russia at 25.” CGI brought together 17 distinguished young professionals and graduate students in the Washington area to examine the challenges facing this critical region a quarter century after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Participants met monthly with regional experts to engage on numerous topics – from transatlantic security to Russia’s domestic economic situation.  

The essays presented in this volume attest to the diversity of themes covered by this year’s group, as well as the promise of tomorrow’s foreign policy leaders.

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Individual essays:

U.S.-Russia Relations and the New Euro-Atlantic Security: Time for a Smart Investment

The current Euro-Atlantic security system provides security for the included, but undermines the security of the excluded.

By: Valeria Bondareva

Poland on the Brink

The upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw is an ideal entry point for the United States to actively engage Poland on PiS’s undemocratic reforms. 

By: Nina Jankowicz

The Empire Trolls Back: How the U.S. Can Respond to Russian Propaganda

The goal of U.S. public diplomacy should be to establish the United States as a more credible, truthful, and honest broker of information than Russia.

By: Sean Keeley

Lofty Ideals, Practical Efforts: Turkish Engagement in Central Asia

Though its Central Asian ambitions failed to live up to their original promise, Turkey has positioned itself as an important player in the region.

By: Allen Park

The Future of Kazakhstan’s Multi-Vector Policy

Kazakhstan must continue its multi-vector policy by deepening its non-Russian relationships, while shifting its focus to internal challenges. 

By: Joshua Noonan

Rough Landing: What the Transaero Saga Tells Us About Russia’s Economy

The death of airline Transaero is an unfortunate microcosm of everything wrong with Russia’s business climate. 

By: Aaron Schwartzbaum