Russia and Eurasia Program Update (October 2011)
October 31, 2011
It has already been a very active fall for the Russia and Eurasia Program (REP) at CSIS, and there is a flurry of activities to report on going back to the late Spring of 2011 and our last newsletter. Of course the big news is that Vladimir Putin will be the leading candidate and almost certainly elected the next president of Russia in the March 2012 election, and at this point it appears Dmitri Medvedev will replace his longtime colleague as Prime Minister. Once again, as in 2008, the theme appears to be continuity in cadres and policy for the Russian government. The question is whether continuity or reform and renewal will better address the needs and desires of the Russian people and nation in 2012 and beyond. My personal view, for a number of reasons, is that Vladimir Putin will not be able to ignore a real modernization agenda for Russia in his next term.