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Subject: Dimitri Trenin: Carnegie Policy Brief on 'Reading Russia Right'
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 13:00:26 -0400
From: "Jennifer Linker" jlinker@carnegieendowment.org

CONTACT: Jennifer Linker, 202/939-2372, jlinker@CarnegieEndowment.org

Reading Russia Right: Effective Western Policy Includes Realism and Pragmatism

The West profoundly misunderstands the Russia of today and tomorrow. Is Russia becoming authoritarian? Are hopes for democracy and integration with the West dead? Should Western leaders be tougher on President Putin?

Dmitri Trenin, one of Russia�s foremost policy analysts, answers these and other pressing policy questions in Reading Russia Right, a Special Edition Carnegie Policy Brief. Trenin, deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, argues that Russia is reverting to Czarism, but with an important capitalist twist. Russia�s once collectivist society is going private. Property rights are being anchored; private consumption is driving economic growth; private life subsumes politics. As a result, Russia is largely free even as it is not democratic.

To access, Reading Russia Right, click here or go directly to: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/files/pb42.trenin.FINAL.pdf

Reading Russia Right offers an exceptionally informed and provocative insight into where Russia, under Vladimir Putin, is headed and what it means to the West. Russia�s foreign policy, he writes, is �post-imperialist rather than neo-imperialist. The range of its effective foreign policy activity has shrunk to the former Soviet space. Even there Moscow has been on the retreat, grudgingly ceding one position after another.� This is all part of adjusting horizons and learning how to compete on many international fronts.

Trenin concludes by recommending that U.S. and European policy-makers look beyond the 2007-2008 election cycle in Russia, offer specific programs instead of harangues to address Russian deficiencies, and expand contacts with Russia�s new generation.

Visit www.CarnegieEndowment.org/Russia for more information

Dmitri Trenin is senior associate and deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, where he specializes in foreign and security policy. He is the coauthor of Russia's Restless Frontier: The Chechnya Factor in Post-Soviet Russia and author of The End of Eurasia: Russia on the Border Between Geopolitics and Globalization.