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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.

Wilson Center To Honor Petr Aven and Susan Carmel Lehrman

Oct 21, 2015
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 Russian Intervention in Syria: Policy Options and Exit Strategies

Oct 21, 2015
"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.

Five Takeaways From Bashar al-Assad’s Secret Visit to Moscow

Oct 21, 2015
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.

Russian Opinion Polls Come Full Circle

Oct 19, 2015
"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.

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