The Russia-West Thaw Was Brief

Nov 24, 2015
Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande have vowed to put together a broad, anti-terrorist coalition that would go beyond previous disagreements and even sectarian conflicts. But Tuesday’s downing of a Russian fighter and the major differences that remain between Russia and the United States may prevent this grand vision from being implemented soon, writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

Why the U.S. Should Be Paying Attention to Russia’s Latest Strikes in Syria

Nov 19, 2015
"It seems Russian bombers are back, and this time not for show, but to demonstrate the capability to conduct long-range precision strikes," writes Michael Kofman.

Wilson Perspectives: Implications of the Paris Attacks

Nov 19, 2015
The recent terror attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Sinai are profound tragedies and have massive security and economic consequences around the world. With a broad focus on global issues and deep expertise in key regions, the Wilson Center is uniquely positioned to provide a wide-angle view. In this publication of original essays by Wilson Center experts representing every corner of the globe, we work to give context to breaking news. As the story continues to unfold, our analysts will update this collection with new perspectives on the key emerging issues. In trying times, we hope you find our insights useful.

Does Paris Open a Door for Putin?

Nov 19, 2015
The events in Paris may provide an opening for President Vladimir Putin to overcome Russia’s international pariah status, but much will depend on how Europe and the United States respond to his overtures.

The Beginning of the End of Russia’s Estrangement from the West

Nov 17, 2015
But during the Sunday meetings of the G-20 group of nations that took place in Turkey immediately after the Paris attacks, Putin went from a pariah to a fully engaged player.

The Next Crisis You're Not Watching: Don't Ignore the South Caucasus

Nov 17, 2015
Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia rarely make American headlines. But all three face incredible pressures—which the U.S. can't afford to ignore.

Wilson Center Honors Petr Aven and Susan Carmel Lehrman

Nov 10, 2015
The Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute presented the Woodrow Wilson Award to Petr Aven and Susan Carmel Lehrman in recognition of their contributions to corporate and public service related to U.S.-Russia relations at the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Awards Dinner on November 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Russia’s Way of Managing Responsibility or Why the Kremlin Will Have To Escalate in Syria

Nov 09, 2015
The cause of the most terrible plane crash in Russian history has not yet been named. Officially, there is still a possibility that the crash of the Russian passenger plane that went down on the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, on October 31st was due to a technical failure, not an act of terror. But still, there is a responsibility to be assumed: either for aircraft maintenance or for Russia’s role in the Syrian war. The two types of responsibility are vastly different, but they both involve holding state officials accountable for protecting citizens’ safety.

To Mourn Is Not Enough

Nov 03, 2015
A Russian charter plane went down last Saturday in Egypt taking 224 lives with it. It is Russia’s largest plane crash ever. None of the possible causes of the tragedy, from a technical failure, to human error, to a terrorist act, have been ruled out. As confusion rules, Max Trudolyubov provides a glimpse into the public discussion of the tragedy.

Russia is a Fortress, But Not a Refuge

Oct 26, 2015
"Russia—itself a major destination for refugees and now an active military player in the Middle East—is very sparing in granting asylum to anyone, including Syrians and even Ukrainians," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.