Russian Central Bank Consolidating Control: More Visible Signs

As I had mentioned earlier, the Russian government is making a conscious effort to consolidate and centralize power. This is completely in line with the renewal of an autocratic period of Russian rule as per Russian historical norms. Putin is using the current financial crisis to consolidate power over the economy in specific ways and […]

U.S. Considering Russian Supply Routes a Sign of Reinterpretation of Russian Power?

General Petraeus, the new CENTCOM commander and most recent commander of American forces in Iraq, has personally visited several former Soviet satellite States which would be necessary to establish a non-Pakistani supply route to Afghanistan. This means two things: The US is becoming very serious about cutting Pakistan out of the loop on the war, […]