Center for Russia and Eurasia
RAND pioneered research on the former Soviet Union. Today, the RAND Center for Russia and Eurasia (CRE) analyzes the foreign, defense, and economic policies of Russia and the Newly Independent States and assists political and economic change within them. Researchers examine underlying social and demographic trends in the region and the implications of developments within the former Soviet Union for international security.
A key facet of this collaboration is the RAND Business Leaders Forum, a membership organization that facilitates in-depth discussions among leading corporate executives from Russia, the United States, and Europe of strategic opportunities and challenges in the development of economic and business relations.
One doesn't need a clear link to a global terror group to carry out an attack; one needs only the resources, the means and an Internet connection. But the global nature of these communities and their online links also create openings police can exploit.
Unfortunately, since 9/11, the ups and downs in U.S.-Russian counterterrorism cooperation have mirrored the unsteady relationship between the two countries, writes Andrew S. Weiss.
Three major areas appear to have been the focus of Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin's recent summit: managing expectations about the relationship; expanding bilateral trade in energy and arms; and cooperation on international security affairs.
In India, perhaps if the funds that are needed are put in with the help of philanthropists like Shiv Nadar, Azim Premji or Rajendra Pawar, it may be possible to build world class universities, writes Rafiq Dossani.
Unless the Obama administration can design a strategy that can engage the Russians despite their preconceptions, which have been consistently stated in diplomatic encounters over the past two years, Russia is unlikely to agree to an informal agreement on further reductions, writes Lowell Schwartz.
The Obama administration should capitalize on recent international coordination, taking the lead in organizing an international coalition devoted to containing Syria's chemical-weapons arsenal, write F. Stephen Larrabee and Peter Wilson.