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Richard Perle on the Effectiveness of U.S. Sanctions

A veteran foreign policy practitioner and analyst, Richard Perle, provides insight into the history and current application of sanctions as a tool of U.S.statecraft. Do they work? What are the conditions necessary to make them effective? And are we getting it right in the cases of Iran and Russia? These are just some of the questions addressed in this episode of CONTEXT.

Assessing the Effectiveness of U.S. Sanctions

In this NOW interview, William Pomeranz and Meg Lundsager discuss the impact, effectiveness, and consequences of U.S. sanctions past and present.

Redefining Russia: Putin’s Agenda

Does Vladimir Putin have an ideology? And if so, what does it tell us about his goals for Russia? Whatever Putin’s agenda or the ideas that drive it, Russian aggression in Ukraine has stirred up tensions not seen since the Cold War in ways that are redefining Russia and its relations with its neighbors and the world. Veteran journalist turned scholar Jill Dougherty returned from a recent trip to Russia and provides insights into the developing situation.

From the Velvet Revolution to Putin’s Russia: Is the Need for “Free Media” Greater Than Ever?

In this Context interview, A. Ross Johnson and Nenad Pejic reflect on the decline of independent media and the attempt to fill the information deficit in nations across the globe.

Ukraine’s Election Delivers a New Generation of Leadership

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.

Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?

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.

William Pomeranz on U.S.-Russia Relations after MH17 Crash

“Clearly, it still has nuclear weapons, it has a seat in United Nations and it has the ability to influence international affairs, but Russia really doesn't have the economic power or the influence abroad to really be the number one geostrategic enemy of the United States,” William Pomeranz said on C-SPAN.

President Obama Urges Vladimir Putin to Act

“The increasing international cries to open up the site will eventually have some sort of impact on Putin and that he will do his best to try to allow international investigators to have access to the site,” Kennan Institute deputy director William Pomeranz said on Lunch Break on WSJ Live.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash Creates Tricky Political Situation

Kennan Institute Director Matthew Rojansky discusses the latest on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash investigation with NBC News’ Kristen Welker and Tom Costello on MSNBC, including the political sensitivity of the situation and what sort of involvement the U.S. will have in the effort to find answers.

Is the Middle Class the Key to Security and Conflict Prevention?

In this Context interview, Martti Ahtissari, former President of Finland, spoke about a more holistic view of how security is achieved and maintained in contrast to the current situations between Russia and Ukraine.