Articles by Andrei Kortunov



Open Borders Are Russia's Birthright

Despite the Kremlin's rhetoric, Russia can only become a world player once it embraces its internationalist legacy, writes Andrei Kortunov.

A Cold but Promising Obama-Putin Meeting

Proponents of the "reset" in U.S.-­Russian relations have reason to celebrate. The meeting between Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of Monday's Group of 20 summit was not a disaster, as many experts had predicted. Although there may not have been a surplus of warm chemistry between the two, the joint statement suggests that it is too early to write off the reset.

New START's Failure Wouldn't Be Fatal

What would happen if the New START treaty failed? That is a question many are reluctant to ask. But there is good reason to consider the consequences should it fail, especially in light of recent U.S. elections.

New Hope in Caucasus Spat

The political liability of the Caucasus conflict is fading into the past and is being eclipsed by other problems and conflicts.

A Good Time to Stop Butting Heads

There has always been an acute shortage of optimism in Russia. It could be because of the country's harsh climate or its troubled history.

Don't Fool With Mother Nature

Have the ""Roaring 2000s"" as we knew it come to an end in Russia -- forever?

No More Fat in This Land

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's speech Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos was noteworthy for two reasons.

One Term Keeps the Kremlin's Air Fresh

President Dmitry Medvedev's proposal to extend the presidential term has sparked a heated debate. One conclusion is clear: Russian leaders are productive, innovative and efficient for no more than five or six years. After that, they become detached from the real problems facing the country, corruption flourishes and the economy declines into periods of stagnation and then crisis.

A Crisis Letter to Expats

Look around at your Russian colleagues, business partners, clients, bosses and employees. Remember how self-assured and optimistic they were just this summer. Remember their grandiose business plans and strategies.

The Danger of Isolationism

Russia has only two allies -- its army and navy."" This phrase, which was originally uttered 150 years ago by Tsar Alexander III, has become quite popular over the past several years to describe Moscow's shortage of allies.