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Illiberalism as a Key Factor of Russian Foreign Policy

May 01, 2013
To better understand the present moment and forecast the future with some degree of certainty, it is sometimes necessary to analyze the past in depth. It is in the past where the economic and political preconditions of the contemporary world were created; where habits of thought and patterns of action were established; where attitudes toward the environment, power, and value systems were developed.

Несвобода як визначальний чинник зовнішньої політики Росії

May 01, 2013
Інколи для того, щоб краще зрозуміти сучасність і напевно спрогнозувати майбутнє варто зануритися у далеке минуле. Адже саме у минулому закладалися не лише економічні, а й політичні передумови сьогодення, а також формувалися стереотипи мислення, поведінка, ставлення до довкілля до влади, до свого місця у власній уявній системі цінностей.

Russia After Cyprus: Bringing the Money Home

Apr 15, 2013
It turns out that the European Union settlement that left Cyprus’s banking sector in shambles has done Moscow a big favor. Not only did the EU take down a major offshore banking center, it helped President Vladimir Putin’s campaign to return to Russia any money stashed away in offshore bank accounts, writes William Pomeranz in this opinion piece.

The Future of Syria

Apr 04, 2013
"This is not just a Syria problem, this is a world problem. I think we have reached the tipping point. This opposition or what is good about it…has got to get more support from the United States and it has to be known that we are helping,” said Jane Harman on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

When Stalin Met Mao: Digital Archive Featured in "Foreign Policy"

Mar 27, 2013
Sergey Radchenko writes in Foreign Policy on Mao and Stalin’s first awkward meeting and what it tells us about Xi Jinping’s confident trip this week to see Vladimir Putin.

Cyprus: Caught Between Russia and a Hard Place

Mar 22, 2013
Russia is eager to protect large deposits from its citizens and businesses in Cyprus’s banks, but Putin has also made a priority of bringing offshore money back to Russia. In reality, the Cyprus crisis runs not only through Europe but also through Russia, which may yet extract a high price in any final resolution.

Russia's Global Trade Agenda

Jan 23, 2013
Kennan Institute Acting Director Will Pomeranz analyzes Russia’s less than enthusiastic reaction to joining the WTO, and assesses how Russia will balance its perceived national economic interests within the constraints of the international trading system.

Wilson Center to honor John Faraci and Vartan Gregorian

Dec 06, 2012
The Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center is pleased to announce the 2012 Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Awards Dinner on December 6, 2012 in Washington, DC. John Faraci and Vartan Gregorian will receive Woodrow Wilson Awards in recognition of their contributions to corporate and public service related to U.S.-Russia relations.

New HAPP Occasional Paper: A 21st Century Vision for U.S. Global Media

Nov 15, 2012
The Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program is pleased to announce the publication of an Occasional Paper, “A 21st Century Vision for U.S. Global Media,” by Wilson Center Senior Scholar A. Ross Johnson and R. Eugene Parta.

On The Brink Part 2: The Cuban Missile Crisis 50 Years Later

Oct 26, 2012
New research is shedding additional light on the Cold War's iconic nuclear standoff between the US and USSR, with the tiny nation of Cuba in the middle. For the next two weeks, CONTEXT will look back on what we're learning with an eye toward the lessons that apply today. In part 2 of our "On The Brink" series, Philip Brenner describes how and why the missiles were brought to Cuba and what might have happened if they'd stayed.

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