Articles by Robert Bruce Ware



Russia and NATO Should Be Allies, Not Enemies

At the NATO conference in Wales earlier this month, leaders of the alliance found themselves torn between two crises: the civil war in Ukraine and threats posed by the Islamic State.

Picking the Best Man to Lead

Russian democracy has come under sharp scrutiny in the run-up to the Group of Eight summit, hosted this summer in St. Petersburg by President Vladimir Putin.

Following Europe's Caucasus Lead

While it is prevailing in the military struggle in Chechnya, Russia is losing the struggle for democracy and socioeconomic development in the North Caucasus.

Death of a Terrorist

Whatever Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov may have been in 1995 or 1997, he was a terrorist on the day he died.

Extremist Economics

Along Russia's southern flank, economic conditions in the North Caucasus are deteriorating. While there are superficial signs of economic development in the larger cities, most of the region's inhabitants depend upon subsistence farming or illegal economic activities.

Taking Stock After Two Chechen Votes

The fact that most Chechens have lost interest in anything smacking of extremism may yet save Chechnya.

View From the Chechen Border

A visit to the Caucasus can dispel many of the common generalizations concerning the war in Chechnya.

Chechen vs. Afghan Campaign

The American and Russian wars on terrorism have made apparent some staggering contrasts in methodoloy.

On the Roots of Extremism

As we struggle to understand Islamic extremism it may be worth considering the experience of Dagestan.

Dagestan Demands a Recount

Methodological problems in The Moscow Times report on the March 26 presidential election appear to lead to an overestimation of Dagestan's electoral fraud.

Whose War Is Right, Russia's or Basayev's?

Even as it scrutinizes errors in its economic policy toward Moscow, the West is poised for another policy mistake based upon misperceptions of the escalating conflict between Russia and Chechnya. The failure to understand the situation in the Caucasus may contribute to the crisis. The West has failed to appreciate deep-seated insecurities resulting from Russia's long-term frustrations with Chechnya, insecurities that are driving its present campaign and that can only be increased by Western criticism. The West has also failed to consider the ways in which the present conflict differs from that which ended in 1996, and it has failed fully to recognize its own interests in the conflict. We must remember that Russia already has shown restraint. It is responding to two invasions of the Russian province of Dagestan in August and September, waged with the intent of separating Dagestan from Russia and establishing an Islamic state.