Category: Perspective (Boston University)

Perspective was the academic newsletter of the Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology and Policy at Boston University. It was edited by Professor Uri Ra’anan.

Portrait of Putin’s past

Portrait of Putin’s Past Perspective, Vol. X, No. 3, January-February 2000 By J. MICHAEL WALLER American Foreign Policy Council Why is so little known about the KGB career of Russia’s acting President Vladimir Putin? Most reporting on both sides of the Atlantic is thinly sourced, if sourced at all, and often conflicting. Was Putin a professional foreign intelligence cadre officer...

Russia’s security services: A cheklist for reform

Perspective, Vol. VII, No. 1, September-October 1997 By J. MICHAEL WALLER American Foreign Policy Council Protection of human rights, according to Russian law, is the first duty of the security and intelligence services of the post-Soviet state. Even more, the “special services” or “organs,” as they are called, are under new legal checks and balances to minimize abuse and maximize...

Primakov’s imperial line

Primakov’s Imperial Line, Perspective, Vol. VII, No. 3, January-February 1997 By J. MICHAEL WALLER American Foreign Policy Council Russian foreign policy has become more consistent and predictable since Yevgeni Primakov succeeded Andrei Kozyrev as foreign minister in January 1996. Moscow’s diplomacy today shows a tendency toward greater integration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Trade, the...

Who is making Russian foreign policy?

Who is Making Foreign Policy? Perspective, Vol. V, No. 3, January-February 1995 By J. MICHAEL WALLER American Foreign Policy Council Undermined politically and with its powers diffused, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Andrei Kozyrev has been eclipsed by the former KGB First Directorate of Yevgeniy Primakov. President Boris Yel’tsin, who built his power base on the Ministry of...

The KGB and its ‘successors’

The KGB & Its ‘Successors’ Perspective, Vol. IV, No. 4, April-May 1994 By J. MICHAEL WALLER American Foreign Policy Council Download PDF: KGB & Successors Perspective Apr-May 94 In July 1918, a Bolshevik commissar pointed to the lack of controls over the Cheka security organs and warned that unless the party limited the Cheka’s powers, “We shall have a state within...

KGB: The perils of arbitrary power

KGB: The Perils of Arbitrary Power Perspective, Vol. II, No. 1, September 1991 By J. MICHAEL WALLER Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology & Policy “The KGB is everywhere, in everything, and that itself frustrates democracy.” Former KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin(1) “We have had as much democratization as we can stomach.” KGB Chairman Vladimir Kryuchkov(2) In trying to...