SSANSE Project: Symposium on Russia and China's Political Interference Activities in NATO Small States

For both Russia and China, foreign political interference activities are a useful and cost-effective method of foreign policy. In Russia it is theorized as “smart power”, while China still uses the Soviet-era term “united front work”. The activities of Russia and China go well beyond accepted norms of public diplomacy and are having a corrupting and corrosive effect on many societies. This half-day symposium focuses on Russia and China's Political Interference Activities in NATO Small States.

Book Launch: Russia, BRICS, and the Disruption of Global Order

Russia's leadership in establishing the BRICS group is emblematic of its desire to end US hegemony and rewrite the rules of the international system. Rachel S. Salzman will discuss her new book, Russia, BRICS, and the Disruption of Global Order (Georgetown University Press), which tells the story of why Russia broke with the West, how BRICS came together, and how the group illustrates Russia's challenge to the existing global order.

This book will be available for purchase at the event.

Forgotten Parties to the INF

On February 2, 2019, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing the Russian Federation’s material breach of the Treaty as justification for the decision.

According to Article XV of the Treaty, the United States will suspend its obligations under the Treaty 60 days after providing notice, unless in this time, Russia agrees to come in compliance.

Kennan Cable No. 40: Russia’s Search for a Greater Eurasia: Origins, Promises, and Prospects

Vladimir Putin announced the Russian government’s desire for a greater Eurasian partnership at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum in June 2016. In the opening speech, Putin proposed “considering the prospects for more extensive Eurasian partnership involving the Eurasian Economic Union,” in which countries such as China, Pakistan, Iran, and India would also be included.[1] Since then, Putin has consistently promoted the project in his addresses to the Federal Assembly, in meetings with foreign leaders, at subsequent St.

Digital Freedom in Russia

Internet freedom in Russia is an important battleground, especially after Vladimir Putin’s recent attempts to create a “sovereign internet” that is overseen by the government. But civil society continues to challenge such attempts. Leonid Volkov, founder of the Internet Protection Society and an IT-expert with over twenty years of professional experience, reflected on the Kremlin’s latest attempts on putting the “Runet” under its control and why he remains optimistic about the Runet’s future. 

Strategic Litigation in Russia: The Case of Bioethics

Strategic litigation aims to use specific court cases to develop new legal norms and create broad legal and social change beyond the decisions in the individual cases themselves.

AfPak File Podcast: The Russia Connection In the Afghanistan Peace Process

Last week, Taliban officials met with senior Afghan politicians - none of them members of the government in Kabul - in Moscow. It marked the second time in recent weeks that the insurgents held meetings in Russia.

INF Suspended: Have the U.S. and Russia Entered a New Arms Race?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, who discusses President Trump's announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.  What are the implications for U.S.-Russia relations moving forward and how will this affect current and future international arms control efforts?


From Peter the Great to Putin: The Evolution of Russian Law

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by William Pomeranz, Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, who discusses his new book Law and the Russian State: Russia's Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin. Pomeranz examines continuities and disruptions of Russian law during the imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods.

DMGS-Kennan Distinguished Speakers Series: The Impact of Sanctions on Russia's Elites

Sanctions on Russia have transformed Russia’s relationship with the West. While its economic impact can be quantified, the ripple effect of sanctions on Russia's elites may be even more consequential. By disrupting elite access to Western financial and legal services, sanctions undermine the connections critical to Putin’s political economy. Nigel Gould-Davies and Daniel Ahn discussed how the response to sanctions by economic elites will shape Russia’s future.

Selected Quotes:

Nigel Gould-Davies: