Russia News

How The Media Became One of Putin's Most Powerful Weapons

Apr 27, 2015
"As a former KGB officer and head of the KGB’s successor agency, the FSB, Putin knows the value of information. His concept of the media, however, is a far cry from the First Amendment. For him, it’s a simple transactional equation: Whoever owns the media controls what it says," writes Jill Dougherty.

How America Can Step Up Its Leadership Role in the Arctic

Apr 21, 2015
"A key question for the United States is whether the current complex geopolitical environment and tense atmosphere in Russian relations with the West will impinge future Arctic cooperation." writes James F. Collins.

Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution 2015-16

Apr 15, 2015
Kennan Institute is pleased to announce the 2015 competition for the Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution.

The U.S. Energy Pivot: A New Era for Energy Security in Asia?

Apr 01, 2015
The past decade has brought ground-shaking changes to global energy markets. The unconventional fuel boom has unexpectedly reduced U.S. dependence on oil imports, while in the Asia-Pacific region, energy-constrained nations are increasingly reliant on foreign sources to meet their soaring demand. With the U.S. slated to export liquid natural gas (LNG) to Asia as early as 2017, a new energy era has come.

Moscow's Twisted History Lessons

Mar 29, 2015
“This distorted approach to the past, which stresses Russian triumphs while dismissing Russian crimes, continues in the Kremlin’s current relations with Washington and the capitals of Western Europe,” writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

Debunked: Why There Won't Be Another Cold War

Mar 20, 2015
"The declaration of a “New Cold War” has come too soon, and the label does not fit," writes Matthew Rojansky and Rachel Salzman.

Vladimir Putin’s Russia is treading water in a sea of red ink

Mar 19, 2015
"Even Russia’s vaunted internal security services now have to make due with fewer resources, despite the real prospect of increased social unrest," writes William Pomeranz.

Putin: A Soviet Leader for the 21st Century

Mar 18, 2015
"The Kremlin's lack of a full-fledged constructive plan for the future or an ideology behind it is itself an attempt to improve upon past errors. This "de facto plan" plays out in the authorities' attempt to play the same game as before, but to play it smarter," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

Porgy & Bess at 80: Rethinking Russian Influence on American Culture

Mar 18, 2015
East European musical and theatrical masters arriving in the United States beginning in the 1890s immediately recognized and praised the contributions of African Americans to American culture.

The Nemtsov Assassination Decoded?

Mar 12, 2015
The assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has spawned numerous theories about the cause and its organizers. Like past political assassinations in Russia, the truth may never be fully known, but Nemtsov’s open opposition to Russia’s military action in Ukraine and his work on a report documenting Russia’s large-scale involvement in the fighting there could provide a motive.

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