Katherine previously did U.S.-Russian foreign policy research at the East-West Institute in New York and the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She has a Ph.D., M.A. and M.S. in European History from Yale University and taught undergraduates at Yale, Skidmore College and Connecticut College. Katherine has published articles on topics ranging from the Ukrainian election of 2010 to Russian émigré politics in France during the interwar era. Katherine also holds degrees from Université de Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne (M.A. equivalent) and Harvard University (B.A.) in History and Slavic Studies.
Ph.D., M.A. and M.S. in European History, Yale University
The Second Eastern Economic Forum, held last month in Russia, could have been a time for India to forge stronger trade links, but the governments of both countries have to be more supportive before this can happen.
India will do well to expand its positive and trust-laden cooperation with Russia in commerce, technology, and education, into a broader regional one, and establish a more meaningful presence in Central Asia. This will also assist in the future acquisition of energy resources in the region.
The India-Russia summit in 2011 was sandwiched chronologically between two events that received much greater exposure: the Gita scandal and the Russian protests. Is this a warning sign that Russia’s state-anointed xenophobia and nationalism could act as a dampener for the formerly solid Indo-Russian relationship?
The India-Russia relationship has seen much progress over the past year - 30 MoU's were signed, two Russian nuclear reactors were set up in India and visa regimes have been eased considerably. But will this be enough to lift the relationship from the benign neglect of the past?
India’s relations with Russia have to be set against the broader strategic landscape of India’s security issues and geopolitical priorities, especially in Central Asia and Afghanistan, where Russia is a key player. An increase in private sector initiatives can also ensure greater cooperation in the years to come.
Gateway House’s Katherine Foshko journeys through Nairobi and gives us her account of the country’s happenings. Her meeting with legendary paleoanthropologist Dr. Richard Leakey gives us insights into the current political doldrum in Kenya and maybe a few lesson for India as well.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with Kazakh President Nazarbayev to strengthen ties and announced a Joint Action plan for 2011-14. Should the countries enhance their “arms-length transactional” relationship, a deeper alliance can be forged to include untapped sectors with immense potential
The India-Kazakhstan relationship is in need of a massive overhaul. Manmohan Singh’s visit to Astana is full of possibilities that can transform the relationship from a short-sighted association into a broad-based, strategic, long-term one focusing on energy, security, trade and technology.