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—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.
The Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute is pleased to announce the 2015 Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Awards Dinner on November 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. Petr Aven and Susan Carmel Lehrman will receive Woodrow Wilson Awards in recognition of their contributions to corporate and public service related to U.S.-Russia relations.
"The problem in D.C. goes back to 2011: strategically choosing to avoid this conflict, while at the same time staking a loud and unachievable policy position that Assad must go. From this perspective, Russia is doing the United States a favor, though it comes with bruised ego attached," writes Michael Kofman.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad surprised the world on Tuesday with an unannounced meeting in Moscow. Here are five takeaways from the visit.
"The public’s attitudes, concerns and aspirations are seen by the Kremlin as a security matter. They are important not in themselves, but in the way they contribute to regime stability or instability," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.
In partnership with the Stanford-US Russia Forum, we have invited a diverse group of Russian and American university students to participate in the Fort Ross Dialogue. This year’s topics were chosen to reflect next-generation priorities facing Russian and American youth leaders: “Connecting Across the Pacific: Commerce, Exchange, and Tourism between the Far East and Pacific Northwest” and “Global Technology Opportunities: Leveraging Technology to Encourage Regional Development.” Read more on the Fort Ross website.
Are the United States and Russia poised to act at cross-purposes with each other or is some kind of synergy possible?
Now that Russian military action in Syria is underway, we asked Kennan Institute Director, Matt Rojansky, to help us understand what they intend to achieve. Can Russia help bring an end to the ongoing conflict, or will the situation escalate due to Russian intervention?
While many of its neighbors have struggled, Georgia’s democracy continues to develop and its role regionally and internationally continues to grow as well. A geographical gateway between East and West, the nation sits in the center of a dynamic and rapidly changing region. Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili visited the Wilson Center to discuss a host of important issues with the Center’s Director, former Congresswoman Jane Harman. Their discussion and the President’s remarks provide the focus for this edition of REWIND.