Russia News

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.

Kennan Institute Pleased to Announce New Fellowship Program

Mar 01, 2015
The Kennan Institute seeks fellowship applicants from diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region.

Russia, Repression and the Rule of Law

Feb 26, 2015
"The law may be a weak instrument for change, but, as Russian history demonstrates, it is often the only one available," writes William E. Pomeranz and Kathleen E. Smith.

Putin’s war of words, decoded

Feb 26, 2015
"The message seems designed to signal that the Kremlin leadership still considers Ukraine an integral part of the nation," writes Elizabeth A. Wood.

Don't Doubt the Ceasefire

Feb 22, 2015
"Even if the second Minsk agreement falls through­—and it likely will sometime this year—it stands a good chance of ending the fighting in Ukraine. Those who doubt that, because of how abruptly the first one collapsed, misinterpret the contexts in which the two agreements were made," writes Michael Kofman.

Redefining Russia: Putin’s Agenda

Feb 20, 2015
Does Vladimir Putin have an ideology? And if so, what does it tell us about his goals for Russia? Whatever Putin’s agenda or the ideas that drive it, Russian aggression in Ukraine has stirred up tensions not seen since the Cold War in ways that are redefining Russia and its relations with its neighbors and the world. Veteran journalist turned scholar Jill Dougherty returned from a recent trip to Russia and provides insights into the developing situation.