Among neighbors

­After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, most of the former republics of the USSR joined the CIS. What is its record to date? Is it, as some have claimed, Russia’s bid to reconstruct a non-communist Soviet Union? What is its primary goal – political, economic, security? Can it ever become something like the EU? And what does each member country gain from membership? CrossTalking with Stephen Cohen and Nikolai Petro on Nov. 9.