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Common Ground for Obama and Putin Is Offshore

Sep 05, 2013
While low expectations surround the G20 meeting in St. Petersburg, there is one timely matter that resonates with Washington, Moscow, and the entire G20 — the continuing fight against offshore tax havens, writes William Pomeranz.

Snowden and the Tense U.S.-Russia Relationship

Aug 13, 2013
"I think the real concern is this is a president who does not feel his legacy will be well served by investing more political capital in Russia. That’s worrying to me in the long term,” said Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Kennan Institute, on Andrea Mitchell Reports.

The Future of U.S.-Russia Relations

Aug 13, 2013
Director of the Kennan Institute Matthew Rojansky discusses the future of U.S.-Russia relations in light of President Obama’s cancelled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as the outcome of Secretaries Kerry and Hagel’s meeting with the Russian envoy.

Azerbaijan Decides Europe's Energy Security

Jul 31, 2013
Alexandros Petersen wrote, “In a fast-changing global energy landscape, yesterday's small actors are increasingly today's dynamic players and possibly tomorrow's major decision-makers,” in an article published by UPI.com earlier this week.

Will Russians Heed Navalny’s Call For Action?

Jul 25, 2013
Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny received his five-year prison sentence last week, to the surprise of no one. After all, the Russian criminal system has a 99 percent conviction rate once a case goes to trial, and it was highly unlikely that a Russian judge would buck the system at this late date.

How Russia Puts Business Behind Bars

Jul 08, 2013
The Russian Duma approved its much anticipated amnesty for entrepreneurs, seeking to halt the legal onslaught against the Russian business community. But the amnesty comes with considerable strings attached and does not address any of the fundamental legal and institutional deficiencies that created the problem in the first place, writes William Pomeranz.

Matt Rojansky Appointed to Head Kennan Institute

Jun 14, 2013
The Wilson Center today announced that Matthew Rojansky will be Director of the Kennan Institute, which focuses on Russia, Ukraine, and other states in the region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he arrives for a meeting with G20 summit participants in the Kremlin February 15, 2013.

Putin's Unsteady Year

May 09, 2013
"It’s been one year since Vladimir Putin’s formal return to the Russian presidency in May 2012. What he originally envisioned as a time to cement his legacy has turned into a much messier period of seeking a new equilibrium," writes William Pomeranz in The National Interest.

Russia's Energy Bully Takes a Fall

May 07, 2013
"After years as Eurasia's energy bully, Russia's state-controlled natural gas monopoly, Gazprom, is getting a taste of its own medicine," stated Alexandros Petersen in a recent article published by Foreign Policy earlier this week.

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.

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