Alexander Rahr is the Head of Programs for Russia and Eurasia at the German Association for Foreign Policy. Earlier, Rahr worked as an Assistant Professor for the Scientific Institute of the radio station Radio Liberty as well as as a Project Manager at the German Institute for Eastern and International Studies. He is the author of biographies on Mikhail Gorbachev and Wladimir Putin. He is honorary professor for International Relations at the University of Moscow.Last updated on 26.11.2012
The long shadow of the Soviet Union can be felt even today. Around Russia, former republics and part-republics are experiencing turmoil across national and ethnic borders. If Moscow is not careful to play her cards right, destabilizing forces could soon become energized.