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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.

18.06.2014

Five big takeaways from the World Russia Forum

Five big takeaways from the World Russia Forum

At the 34th annual meeting of the World Russia Forum, participants discussed a constructive agenda for U.S.-Russian relations that includes ideas for expanding links in business, culture, and technology

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18.03.2014

The West has run out of ways to talk about Russia

The West has run out of ways to talk about Russia

It’s now fashionable to proclaim any pro-Russian expert in the U.S. as a “stooge” of Putin. Yet if we continue to devalue the importance of Russian area studies, we’ll end up turning to Hollywood for our insights on Russian foreign policy

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07.03.2014

The Sochi Olympics and the Barcelona Effect

The Sochi Olympics and the Barcelona Effect

Russia can use the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics as a blueprint for how to transform its $50 billion investment in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics into a catalyst for future economic growth

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04.03.2014

Russia should build another Sochi… in Siberia

Russia should build another Sochi… in Siberia

Will Russia leverage its know-how from the Sochi Winter Olympics to launch another massive, multi-billion project to jump-start economic growth in Siberia?

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26.02.2014

Russia – and Sochi – cannot be understood with the meme alone

Russia – and Sochi – cannot be understood with the meme alone

What you could have learned about the US-Russian relationship by spending one month inside the Sochi Olympic bubble

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13.02.2014

Sochi Olympics: An Opening Ceremony for the New Russia

Sochi Olympics: An Opening Ceremony for the New Russia

The spectacular Opening Ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics could mark the start of a new, more confident role for Russia on the global stage

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09.01.2014

Fear and loathing in Sochi

Fear and loathing in Sochi

With anti-Sochi sentiments increasing in the Western media, the only way for Russia to put an end to it is to pull off the most stunning Winter Olympics in history

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03.01.2014

Hosting the Sochi Olympics is all about soft power

Hosting the Sochi Olympics is all about soft power

The latest survey of global soft power from Monocle and the Institute for Government offers a blueprint for Russia to follow after the conclusion of the Winter Olympics

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14.12.2013

Five ways the Sochi Olympics can reset the reset

Five ways the Sochi Olympics can reset the reset

If Russia presents a new image to the world in Sochi, it would go a long way towards revitalizing the troubled US-Russian relationship

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12.12.2013

Russia needs a new foreign policy paradigm

Russia needs a new foreign policy paradigm

When it comes to exerting influence in its Near Abroad, Moscow needs to start thinking in terms of economic, not strategic, spheres of interest

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25.11.2013

Why health diplomacy? RD Essay Competition winner explains

Why health diplomacy? RD Essay Competition winner explains

Russia Direct is pleased to introduce our readers to the winner of our Student Essay Competition

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19.11.2013

The Sochi Olympics are too big to fail

The Sochi Olympics are too big to fail

Russia may have spent $50 billion to host the Olympics, but there's another number you should be focused on, and that's the billions of dollars that media companies, investors and sponsors have spent on the Olympics

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08.11.2013

Five reasons why Sochi is the next Petersburg

Five reasons why Sochi is the next Petersburg

People are saying the same things about Sochi as they would have said about the founding of imperial Petersburg over 300 years ago. And look at how that turned out

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21.10.2013

Burger Diplomacy: From Big Mac to Shake Shack

Burger Diplomacy: From Big Mac to Shake Shack

Burgers are just the most visible symbol of how the creation of a global elite in cities like Washington and Moscow is changing how we think about geopolitics and foreign policy

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17.10.2013

The Sochi Olympics and the re-branding of Russia

The Sochi Olympics and the re-branding of Russia

The 123-day Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay offers a unique opportunity for Russia to establish a new national identity on the world stage

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20.09.2013

Forget the reset, it's all about the start-up

Forget the reset, it's all about the start-up

The reset in US-Russian diplomatic relations could lead to a reset in U.S.-Russian business relations and the modernization of Russia’s regional economies

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10.09.2013

What Tokyo 2020 can learn from Sochi 2014

What Tokyo 2020 can learn from Sochi 2014

Russia's experience in hosting the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics provides a number of lessons for future Olympic hosts, especially as future Olympic bids are won by the BRICS nations and the developing world

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23.08.2013

Sochi: Seven Story Lines You Might Have Missed

Sochi: Seven Story Lines You Might Have Missed

With the rest of the world focusing on the Sochi boycott, there are some other developments that can make the 2014 Winter Olympics one of the most memorable

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