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Putin’s Already Paying Dearly for Ukraine – and the Price Will Only Go Up

Aug 12, 2014
Putin believes that Russian sovereignty can be best protected by its growing isolation. However, his fundamental misunderstanding of how the post-imperial, post-World War Two international system works has already created serious economic consequences in Russia, writes William E. Pomeranz.

Sanctions Finally Find Russia’s Achilles Heel

Jul 23, 2014
"Sanctions have definitely found Russia’s Achilles’ heel, and with harsher sanctions looming in the aftermath of flight MA17, Putin is finding it increasingly difficult to craft an effective reply," writes Will Pomeranz.

Russia's Economy Turns to a Blast from the Past: The New Economic Policy

Jul 21, 2014
NEP suddenly is back in vogue but in a global economy, NEP’s uniquely domestic approach to solving economic problems may send out the wrong message at the wrong time to the international business community, writes Will Pomeranz.
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William Pomeranz on U.S.-Russia Relations after MH17 Crash

Jul 21, 2014
“Clearly, it still has nuclear weapons, it has a seat in United Nations and it has the ability to influence international affairs, but Russia really doesn't have the economic power or the influence abroad to really be the number one geostrategic enemy of the United States,” William Pomeranz said on C-SPAN.
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President Obama Urges Vladimir Putin to Act

Jul 21, 2014
“The increasing international cries to open up the site will eventually have some sort of impact on Putin and that he will do his best to try to allow international investigators to have access to the site,” Kennan Institute deputy director William Pomeranz said on Lunch Break on WSJ Live.
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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash Creates Tricky Political Situation

Jul 18, 2014
Kennan Institute Director Matthew Rojansky discusses the latest on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash investigation with NBC News’ Kristen Welker and Tom Costello on MSNBC, including the political sensitivity of the situation and what sort of involvement the U.S. will have in the effort to find answers.
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Is the Middle Class the Key to Security and Conflict Prevention?

Jul 11, 2014
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has resulted in much discussion of European Security and whether or not current arrangements and resources are adequate to deter threats. While much of the discussion has focused on NATO, former President of Finland, Martti Ahtissari, spoke to us about a more holistic view of how security is achieved and maintained.
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Russia Opens a Eurasian Pandora's Box

Jul 08, 2014
Russian actions in the Ukraine crisis will have lasting repercussions throughout Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Kennan Institute Global Fellow, Kenneth Yalowitz, Dennis Corboy, and William Courtney outline how Russia's short-term goals may play against its own interests in the longer run.

The New Geopolitics of European Energy Security

Jul 07, 2014
On May 5, 2014, the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program hosted its annual Ahtisaari Symposium. This year’s expert panel addressed “The New Geopolitics of European Security.” Panelists discussed the transatlantic focus on energy security in the wake of the crisis with Ukraine and Russia including options for alternative sources of energy to decrease Europe’s dependence. The full transcript of the panel is available below.
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Who Owns The Arctic Part 5: Focus on Russia

Jul 03, 2014
In part 5 of our series on the Arctic, Russia expert, Marlene Laruelle, shares her thoughts on Russia’s leading role as an Arctic nation and how it might react to a China-US partnership in the region.

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