Articles by Samuel Charap



Ukraine's False Choice

The recent headlines about a leaked recording of U.S. officials discussing the crisis in Ukraine are all focused on an expletive spoken about the European Union.

U.S.-Russia Relationship Stuck in the Soviet Era

It should be obvious to any observer of international affairs that the U.S.-Russia relationship matters for both countries and for the world.

Time to Put an End to MAD

Although the Cold War ended 20 years ago, deterrence still defines U.S.-Russian relations on nuclear issues, and this is the main reason for the bilateral and domestic friction surrounding arms control issues. If both sides could agree to definitively forswear deterrence, these roadblocks would disappear.

How to Resolve the Georgia Conflict

Dec. 16 will mark the 14th time that parties to the Georgia conflict have gathered in Geneva. Up to now, the Geneva meetings have reportedly largely been exercises in grandstanding and bluster, with little concrete progress to speak of. But this time, progress is possible.

Shtokman Could Signal the End of Stability

Shtokman was a crucial issue in Russia's relations with the West. The period of relative stability in the investment climate may be over.

A Rough Selection Campaign

A recent game of musical chairs in Russia's law enforcement agencies saw Vladimir Ustinov, the long-serving prosecutor general who managed the case against Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the dismantlement of his company, Yukos, exchange posts with Justice Minister Yury Chaika.

An Executive Branch Boris Yeltsin Could Love

The contract that ended the gas war between Russia and Ukraine has been the source of great confusion, consternation and argument since it was signed on Jan 4.

Russia, Kaliningrad and NATO

Kaliningrad could become a staging ground for NATO cooperation with Russian after the alliance enlarges.