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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.

Remembering Eduard Shevardnadze

Jul 08, 2014
Eduard Shevardnadze, the Soviet Union's last foreign minister who later served as Georgian president, passed away at the age of 86, sparking a collective assessment of the political legacy he left to Russia and Georgia. Global Fellow Kenneth Yalowitz, William Courtney and Denis Corboy summarize lessons we can learn for today from Shevardnadze’s and Georgia's struggles.

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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Déjà vu: Return of the Cold War?

Jul 02, 2014
Global reaction to Russia's aggressive moves into Ukraine has created a sense of Déjà vu. If you listen to the rhetoric and ignore the calendar, you might think that you've traveled through time to the days of the Cold War. A recent edition of The National Conversation series posed the question, "If it's not a Cold War, what is it?" That's the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Brzezinski, Ischinger, and Pifer Discuss Mutual Security

Jun 30, 2014
The transcript of the Global Europe Program’s June 16, 2014, event “Mutual Security on Hold? Russia, the West, and European Security Architecture,” is now available. The discussion focused on the challenges facing mutual security, particularly the transatlantic relationship, in the wake of the crisis with Ukraine and Russia. This event also marked the 50th anniversary of the Munich Security Conference, which is chaired by Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger.

Russia’s new “Georgievskaya” ideology

Jun 27, 2014
Former History and Public Policy intern Volodymyr Valkov recently co-published an article in Visegrad Insight discussing the foundation and development of Russia’s “new ideology,” tracing its importance in the conflict with Ukraine. Valkov argues that keeping Ukraine divided and unstable comes as part and parcel of Russia’s plan for domination over Europe, and more specifically Eastern Europe.

Distinguished Scholar Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger Interviewed about Ukraine

Jun 26, 2014
Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Wolfgang Ischinger – Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, and former German Ambassador to the United States – appeared on the Charlie Rose Show on June 25 to discuss the ongoing tensions in Ukraine.

No Matter What Putin Says — Russian People Have No Appetite for War

Jun 25, 2014
Some pundits are calling this a “new Cold War,” but neither the Russian nor American public actually wants a sustained conflict, writes Matthew Rojansky and Kenneth Yalowitz.

CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: Ukraine 2014: Maidan, Insurrection(s), Geopolitics

Jun 20, 2014
The internationally renowned Danyliw Seminar will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this Fall with an ambitious gathering devoted to the extraordinary events that have engulfed Ukraine in the past six months. Entitled “Ukraine 2014: Maidan, Insurrection(s), Geopolitics,” the Seminar will feature more than 30 presentations on topics ranging from Euromaidan, the fall of Yanukovych, political violence, social media, Crimea, Russia, the European Union and more. The Seminar will be held at the University of Ottawa on 23-25 October 2014.

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