"Political time in Russia seems to drag on for ages. Our New Year celebrations will not be a mark of coming change. They will simply remind us of the reality that Russia is, once more, dangerously behind the times," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.
To stay in power, "Putin and his minions feel they must corral and tame the Internet," warns Fellow Maxim Trudolyubov.
China is popularly viewed as the winner in Russia’s clash with the West over Ukraine. But this conflict does not leave Beijing unscathed, especially when it comes to the country’s own defense modernization plans and future security cooperation with Russia, writes Michael Kofman.
When it comes to falling oil prices, good news at the pump could be very bad news when it comes to geopolitics. Many oil exporting nations could be facing fiscal and political calamity if prices were to drop and remain at levels lower than $100 per barrel. A panel of topic and regional experts discussed the situation during a recent Wilson Center event. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
The Kennan Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kateryna Smagliy as the new Director of its Kyiv office. Dr. Yaroslav Pylynskyi, who has headed the office since its founding in 1998, will continue with the Institute’s Kyiv office as a Senior Advisor.
"The invasion of Ukraine and confrontation with the West have whipped up nationalist sentiment, but Russia has run out of foreign policy victories to feed to the fire," writes Michael Kofman.
Calling all current and former Kennan Institute scholars! Are you going to the ASEEES conference in San Antonio? Please join us for a Kennan Institute Alumni Happy Hour at the Iron Cactus on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Appetizers and drinks on us!
In this Context interview, Hanna Hopko, newly elected member of the Ukrainian Parliament, shared her thoughts on post-election voter expectations and the challenges she and her party faces.
Frosty at near Cold War levels, Russia-U.S. relations are experiencing a very tense period with no immediate relief in sight. Former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov visited the Wilson Center to discuss the current status of this important relationship and how current events are exacerbating tensions that had been simmering even before Russia’s conflict with Ukraine.
"The Ukraine Freedom Support Act grants permission to send Ukraine a variety of weapons, ammunition, and specialized equipment to fill gaps in its current military’s capabilities. But it completely misunderstands what Ukraine needs. And if the US goes down this road, it will be sleepwalking into a proxy conflict with Russia," writes Michael Kofman.