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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 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.

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.

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.