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Graham Westbrook

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Winner of the inaugural RD Student Essay Competition. He is a junior at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania, working toward a BA in Intelligence Studies with a minor in Russian Studies. His intelligence studies-related experience includes an internship with the Hudson Institute Center for Political-Military Analysis, a position with IARPA’s DAGGRE program, and an analyst position with the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Cell (AHTIC) within the Center for Intelligence and Research and Training (CIRAT).

02.12.2014

US think tanks ponder the possibility of Cold War II

US think tanks ponder the possibility of Cold War II

Think Tank Review: November was a special month for the West, marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. With the anniversary came a stream of Cold War-inspired reflections and comparisons from top U.S. thinkers

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06.11.2014

Is Russia's foreign policy running out of gas?

Is Russia's foreign policy running out of gas?

U.S. Think Tank Review: Now that Russian officials have recognized the controversial separatist elections in Eastern Ukraine as legitimate, Western think tanks have refocused their attention on Ukraine and how best to deal with Russia going forward

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02.10.2014

With Eastern Ukraine stabilized for now, Crimea is new priority

With Eastern Ukraine stabilized for now, Crimea is new priority

Recent events such as the reduction of hostilities in Ukraine and the Russia-Ukraine-EU deal to resume natural gas shipments have shifted the focus of U.S. think tanks to NATO-Russia relation and a rumored Crimean special economic zone

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08.09.2014

Dealing with Putin's Russia after the NATO summit

Dealing with Putin's Russia after the NATO summit

Think Tank Review: U.S. think tanks are still attempting to figure out how to deal with President Putin. Some call for greater NATO involvement, while other caution against provoking Russia further. Who’s right?

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08.08.2014

U.S. experts: When it comes to Russia, 'outrage is not a policy' over Ukraine

U.S. experts: When it comes to Russia, 'outrage is not a policy' over Ukraine

U.S. pundits develop a new framework for dealing with Russia. This may be the only way for Russia and the U.S. to avoid leaving behind the legacy of Ukraine's crisis and global perceptions that view the West as weak and hesitant to act

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24.07.2014

Re-thinking US-Russia relations in a post-MH17 world

Re-thinking US-Russia relations in a post-MH17 world

Think Tank Review: If there’s one thing that U.S. think tanks agree on, it’s that U.S. policy towards Russia and Eurasia must change in response to the tragedy of the downed Malaysian Boeing 777

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29.05.2014

What U.S. experts think on Putin’s ‘New Russia’ and Russia-China deal

What U.S. experts think on Putin’s ‘New Russia’ and Russia-China deal

The leading U.S think tanks on Russia and Eurasia have shifted their focus from Crimea to three recurring themes: Putin’s “new Russia,” the massive Russia-China energy deal, and the May 25 elections in Ukraine

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15.04.2014

Russia watchers try to predict the next Crimea

Russia watchers try to predict the next Crimea

Russia Direct presents the latest in its series of think tank round-ups from the leading U.S think tanks on Russia and Eurasia. With many experts regarding Crimea as a fait accompli, the focus now shifts to predicting Russia’s next moves

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14.02.2014

Russia’s Special Economic Zones: Spreading investment beyond Moscow

Russia’s Special Economic Zones: Spreading investment beyond Moscow

Russia may be on the cusp of a ‘pivot to regions’ as it seeks to kick start economic growth, in which the country's Special Economic Zones could play a key role

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16.01.2014

How the US and Russia should approach Syrian peace talks

How the US and Russia should approach Syrian peace talks

Instead of choosing factions within Syria, the U.S. and Russia should be working together on bilateral and multilateral solutions to end the Syrian civil war

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25.11.2013

US-Russian health diplomacy: Cure for political stalemate?

US-Russian health diplomacy: Cure for political stalemate?

The winner of the Russia Direct essay contest argues that the emerging area of U.S.-Russia health diplomacy deserves a closer look at a time when Washington and Moscow search for new areas of potential cooperation

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