As the conflict in Ukraine continues to unfold, it becomes clear that it will have profound consequences for the stability of Europe, the future of NATO, perceptions of American power around the world, the health and success of democracy around the world, and how the United States navigates burgeoning strategic competition with Russia and China. With this series, the Wilson Center will identify the key forces at play, assess their implications for critical American interests, and explore the viewpoints of all the major players in Europe’s first 21st century strategic crisis.
Generational Divides in Wartime Ukraine: Identity Questions
For the first piece of their three-part series, professors Karina Korostelina and Gerard Toal use statistics to explore how Ukrainian identity is perceived across the generational divide, especially as it relates to Ukraine, Russia, the USSR, and Europe.READ MORE
The War Has Helped Ukraine Rein in the Oligarchs
“The commitment of President Zelensky’s administration to deoligarchization not only survived the start of the large-scale war, it increased—in part because of wartime policies.” Kennan Institute Senior Advisor Mykhailo Minakov explains how deoligarchization and anticorruption efforts have become central to Ukraine's national defense and future reconstruction.
Smart Take: Russian Forces Retreat from Kherson
Kennan Institute Director William Pomeranz explained the significance of Russia's retreat from Kherson and what it means for Ukraine.
Ukrainian Attitudes of War and Peace: Complex Dilemmas of Wartime
Ripples of War | Six Months Since Russia’s Invasion into Ukraine
Assessing U.S. Support to Ukraine Four Months after Russia’s Invasion
Hindsight Up Front | Defining a Successful Resolution to Russia’s War in Ukraine
The Marshall Plan at 75: Lessons for Ukraine?
The Echo of Chechnya in Russia's War with Ukraine
Russian War Crimes in Ukraine: Can Russia Be Held Accountable?
Kennan Long View Series | There is Nothing for You Here
Lifting the Fog of War in Ukraine: A Discussion with Jamie Fly and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Victory Day Celebrations During Russia’s War of Aggression
The Effect of Western Sanctions: A View from Ukraine
Lessons from the Edge | A Conversation with the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch
Arctic Cooperation in the Shadow of Russian Aggression: Armchair Discussion with Icelandic Foreign Minister Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir
System Shock: Russia’s War and Global Food, Energy, and Mineral Supply Chains
Book Talk | Russian Grand Strategy in the Era of Global Power Competition
Indo-Pacific Responses to Ukraine
Confronting Russian Cyber Censorship
The EU, U.S. and NATO: Partners for Global Security
Ukrainian, Belarusian, and Russian Women in the Anti-War Movement
The Ukraine Crisis and the Balkans: What Changes ... and What Doesn't?
Hindsight Up Front: Ukraine | Who is Vladimir Putin? A Conversation with Baroness Catherine Ashton
Ukraine and the Arctic: Perspectives, Impacts, and Implications
The Russian War in Ukraine: The Situation After Two Weeks
Canada: Ukraine's Crucial Ally
Join Dr. Christopher Sands, Director of the Canada Institute, in conversation with Professor Dominique Arel, Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa, alongside Dr. Jane Boulden, Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada.
Wilson Policy Briefing: Russia Sanctions, Financial Markets and Cryptocurrencies
Russia’s Aggression: European Perspectives and Responses
Russia’s Aggression Towards Ukraine – the British View: A Conversation with Michael Tatham, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy in Washington
The U.S., Europe and NATO: A Counter-Putin Strategy
Public Opinion in the Divided Donbas: Results of a January 2022 Survey on Both Sides of the Contact Line
Russia and Ukraine on the Brink: A Discussion with Michèle Flournoy
Russia’s Aggression Towards Ukraine – the German View: A Conversation with Minister of State Tobias Lindner
Hindsight Up Front | View From the Senate on the Russia-Ukraine Crisis
Setting the Record Straight on NATO Enlargement | Interview with Robert Zoellick, U.S. Lead Negotiator in 2+4 Talks on German Reunification
The Arts of War: Ukrainian Artists Confront Russia
The Ukrainian response to the 2022 Russian invasion has inspired a new appreciation for their country both within and beyond Ukraine. In this new series, Distinguished Fellow Blair A. Ruble share stories that highlight the ways in which Ukrainians have long explored the meaning of their country and culture through the arts, and the manner in which the arts and their creators have empowered Ukrainians to confront the Russian invaders. These developments also offer intriguing clues about the culture, society, and politics of a post-war Ukraine.EXPLORE NOW
Why Did Russia Give Away Crimea Sixty Years Ago?
Crimea was part of Russia from 1783, when the Tsarist Empire annexed it a decade after defeating Ottoman forces in the Battle of Kozludzha, until 1954, when the Soviet government transferred Crimea from the Russian Soviet Federation of Socialist Republics (RSFSR) to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (UkrSSR). Not until 1992, just after the Soviet Union was dissolved, did additional material about this episode emerge.Learn More
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Operation ANYFACE: How the US Army Shielded a Ukrainian Nationalist from Soviet Intelligence
Protected by the US Army's refusal to honor a Soviet extradition request, Stepan Bandera plotted for Ukrainian independence for nearly 15 years after the end of World War II.
Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate
Based on secret records of White House-Kremlin contacts, Not One Inch shows how, in the 1990s, the United States overcame Russian resistance to expand NATO, ultimately bringing the alliance to a billion people. But it also reveals how Washington’s hardball tactics, combined with Moscow’s self-inflicted wounds, undermined a potentially lasting partnership during the decade culminating in Vladimir Putin’s rise to power.
New Sources on NATO Enlargement from the Clinton Presidential Library
Documents from the Clinton Presidential Library can facilitate new interpretations of NATO’s open door-policy and its implications for the emergence of the post-Cold War order.
Security for Disarmament: Negotiating Ukraine’s Budapest Memorandum
Mariana Budjeryn introduces a new batch of translated Ukrainian documents to mark the 24th anniversary of the Budapest Memorandum.
Cold War Lessons for Dealing with Russia
CWIHP Public Policy Scholar Sergey Radchenko writes in the National Interest on the situation in Crimea and parallels between the current crisis and the Cold War.
Memorandum Of Conversation: Meeting With Ukrainian President Kuchma (Following Nato-Ukraine Charter Signing)
President Clinton and President Kuchma discuss economic conditions inside Ukraine, Russia-Ukraine relations following Ukraine's signing of an agreement with NATO, and replacing reactors in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
Memorandum Of Conversation: Meeting With President Kuchma Of Ukraine
President Clinton and President Kuchma discuss NATO-Ukraine relations, Russa-Ukraine relations, and domestic politics in Russia and Ukraine. Kuchma relays to Clinton that "I am deeply confident that Russia will never agree to an independent Ukraine in its mentality and thinking."
Meeting Of The Presidium Of The Supreme Soviet Of The Union Of Soviet Socialist Republics
Meeting minutes from Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet during which the transfer of Crimea from Russia to Ukraine was approved.
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