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.
In the United States alone, ongoing partisan battles have raised questions about the ability of the often self-proclaimed “world’s greatest democracy” to meet its most basic obligations. Have these failures, real and perceived, damaged the ability of democracies around the world to promote democratic governance as the solution to a wide range of challenges and problems?
Tales of corruption in Russia are nothing new. But in her new book, “Putin’s Kleptocracy,” Karen Dawisha connects the dots between government and private sector corruption and Vladimir Putin’s rapid rise to power, leading to the question, who owns Russia? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
Kate Brown, 2007 Kennan Institute Research Scholar, was recently awarded the 2014 Albert J. Beveridge Award for her book, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters, which provides an account of the first two cities to produce plutonium, Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia, and how these idealistic communities helped conceal the fallout from the nuclear programs.
"It [Russia] is facing a lower price for oil. It is confronting a rising Ruble. In a diverse economy, you could take advantage of such circumstances, but Russia doesn't have a diverse economy and it won't be able to," says Will Pomeranz.