Articles by Andrew C. Kuchins



Moving Beyond the Honeymoon

Relations between the United States and Russia have tightened. Now it's a matter of how they can use those ties, as Russia gets outpaced by its neighbors and the United States loses its top dog status.

Obama Should Walk in the Woods With Putin

U.S. President Barack Obama faces a major test of his leadership with his trip to Moscow to meet with Russian leaders. He has invested considerable political capital in the effort to “reset” relations with Russia, yet Moscow’s interests in such a “reset” remain dubious at best.

Time to Treat Russia as a Partner

Before heading to Moscow to participate in the recent Valdai Discussion Club, I had the sense that the United States was on the verge of a new era of confrontation with Moscow that could prove far more dangerous and unstable than the previous Cold War.

The Art of Reading Russia's Future

With Vladimir Putin's presidency winding down, this is a good time to think about his legacy and the future of Russia. The Putin presidency will be remembered for the country's economic resurgence, political stabilization and increasingly assertive foreign policy.

The Art of Reading Russia's Future

With Vladimir Putin's presidency winding down, this is a good time to think about his legacy and the future of Russia. The Putin presidency will be remembered for the country's economic resurgence, political stabilization and increasingly assertive foreign policy.

Look Who's Back

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney made clear last week in Vilnius that he is not pleased with Russia's democratic backsliding, human-rights abuses and rough behavior in its neighborhood.

Will the Authoritarians of the World Unite?

The chumminess of Russian and Chinese authoritarian leaders was on display again last week with Vladimir Putin's state visit to Beijing.

Getting Back to Business in Bratislava

President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush's meeting in Bratislava this Thursday will set the tone for U.S.-Russian relations for their respective second terms.

The Cooling Trend Will Continue

President Vladimir Putin has enthusiastically welcomed the re-election of U.S. President George W. Bush, as has much of Moscow's political elite.

Two Tragic Septembers

The series of terrorist acts culminating in the gruesome massacre of hundreds of innocent children, parents and teachers in Beslan proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Russia today is the weakest link in the war on radical Islamic-inspired terrorism.

Russia's Image Problem Begins at Home

I arrived in Moscow a year ago under the illusion that after a traumatic decade Russia was stabilizing, becoming more predictable, maybe even rebounding.

The West Must Not Turn Its Back on Russia

Russia's ties with the West have been experiencing growing tension of late.