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Dominic Basulto

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Dominic Basulto is the U.S. editor of Russia Direct. He has extensive experience in digital media including a regular blog with The Washington Post and a daily blog on Winter Olympics host city Sochi. In addition to publishing the first-ever iPad travel guide to Sochi, Dominic has lived in the House of Writers in Moscow, taught finance at Moscow's first MBA program, published a weekly column for a Russian newspaper and completed a certificate program in Russian language from Moscow State University. He has an undergraduate degree in Politics and Russian Studies from Princeton and an MBA in emerging markets from Yale.

25.12.2015

Best of 2015: Top 10 articles about Russia and its foreign policy

Best of 2015: Top 10 articles about Russia and its foreign policy

On the RD website, articles that analyzed Russian military involvement in Syria and the changing geopolitical dimensions of the Middle East were among the most popular of the year

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31.07.2015

The strange rise and fall of Russian soft power

The strange rise and fall of Russian soft power

The latest soft power rankings are not so much about Russia’s exit from the world stage – they are more about the West’s inability to grasp the changing contours of modern international relations (part 2 of 3)

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29.05.2015

Divisive and unexpected signs of real dialogue on US-Russian relations

Divisive and unexpected signs of real dialogue on US-Russian relations

With the growing probability of military conflict with Russia in Ukraine, respected voices calling for a more nuanced view of Russian foreign policy are starting to appear in the U.S. mainstream media

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29.05.2015

Why it's crucial for the US to have a balanced debate about Russia

Why it's crucial for the US to have a balanced debate about Russia

RD Interview: James Carden, author of a new Nation article describing the bias in the mainstream media against Russian experts who refuse to accept the default hardline response to Moscow, explains why a greater diversity of voices is needed on Russia

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19.05.2015

Peter Marzalik: A vision for greater US-Russian cooperation in 2015

Peter Marzalik: A vision for greater US-Russian cooperation in 2015

Russia Direct is pleased to introduce our readers to Peter Marzalik, the winner of our fourth Student Essay Competition. Find out what he thinks could put the U.S. and Russia on a path to greater international cooperation

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30.03.2015

US sanctions against Russia: A tale of two cities

US sanctions against Russia: A tale of two cities

At Russia Forum New York 2015, business leaders weighed in on the ineffectiveness of sanctions against Russia, suggesting that they threatened to hurt the small businesses that are at the core of any future US-Russian relationship

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17.03.2015

The weird way that ISIS is changing the way we talk about Russia

The weird way that ISIS is changing the way we talk about Russia

The ISIS narrative is starting to shift the Russia narrative, and that’s making it harder for Russia and the West to find common ground on Ukraine

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02.03.2015

The Leviathan state vs. Boris Nemtsov

The Leviathan state vs. Boris Nemtsov

The brutal murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov might be understood in the context of Russia’s controversial new Oscar-nominated film “Leviathan”

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30.01.2015

America's Russian Studies programs: From Dostoevsky to derivatives

America's Russian Studies programs: From Dostoevsky to derivatives

Russian Studies graduates in the United States need less 19th century literature, more 21st century finance

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07.01.2015

10 Russian foreign policy black swan events for 2015

10 Russian foreign policy black swan events for 2015

These are ten of the most outlandish forecasts for Russian foreign policy events that might occur over the coming 12 months that nobody could possibly predict (but we just did)

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31.12.2014

The Top 10 articles about Russian foreign policy in 2014

The Top 10 articles about Russian foreign policy in 2014

The most popular RD articles of the year covered the major trends in Russia’s relationship with the West, including the Ukraine crisis, Russia’s pivot to China, fears of a new Cold War, the collapse of the ruble and plunging oil prices worldwide

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05.12.2014

Meet Russia's innovator who brings facial recognition technology to the US

Meet Russia's innovator who brings facial recognition technology to the US

Meet Russia's innovator who brings facial recognition technology to the US

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12.11.2014

The 'Blame Russia' game might hurt the West

The 'Blame Russia' game might hurt the West

The more Russia is viewed as the “global villain” the more pressure the West will face to ratchet up its policy responses to perceived Russian aggression. At what point, though, will both sides run out of any good options?

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27.10.2014

How Russia views the post-Cold War global order

How Russia views the post-Cold War global order

Nicolai Petro analyzes the key takeaways from the Valdai Club event on Russian foreign policy

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22.10.2014

Meet the firefighters who are bringing Russian innovation to America

Meet the firefighters who are bringing Russian innovation to America

Meet two of the innovators that help fight wildfires in the United States using Russian innovation

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11.09.2014

What separatists in Scotland can teach us about separatists in Ukraine

What separatists in Scotland can teach us about separatists in Ukraine

If the Scots vote for independence from the United Kingdom on Sept. 18, that could have interesting implications for the way we think about the separatists in Eastern Ukraine and the complex historical relationship between Russia and Ukraine

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04.09.2014

Who gets to define what it means to be Ukrainian?

Who gets to define what it means to be Ukrainian?

Political science professor Nicolai Petro explains why Ukrainian national identity plays such a decisive role in today’s conflict. The fundamental issue at stake is whether Ukraine should be a monocultural or a bicultural nation

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29.07.2014

Russia's innovation champions must find a new way to win

Russia's innovation champions must find a new way to win

A new BCG report analyzing Russia’s most innovative companies suggests that being able to react quickly to changing economic conditions and being able to attract the best and brightest talent are two of the most valuable traits of innovators in emerging markets

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20.07.2014

From the masked girls of Pussy Riot to the masked men of Ukraine

From the masked girls of Pussy Riot to the masked men of Ukraine

When the lines between “democrat” and “patriot,” “nationalist” and “separatist,” become hopelessly blurred by the post-Perestroika generation, you will get events like Bolotnaya, Maidan and Donetsk

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18.07.2014

Fact-checking the stories about the Malaysian plane crash

Fact-checking the stories about the Malaysian plane crash

There are at least 8 different storylines about the Malaysian plane crash that are either unproven – or, at worst, downright untrue. All of them have the capability to change the narrative of events and set the stage for what happens next in Ukraine

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