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.
In this feature length edition of Wilson Center NOW, newly elected Member of Parliament, Mustafa Nayyem, shares his thoughts on the state of democracy in Ukraine, the ongoing conflict with Russia, and his transition from journalism to politics. Nayyem is the 2014 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.
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.
"I think what he feels is that this is a way for him to boost his domestic economy. He really feels that he can go it alone," says Jill Dougherty about Vladimir Putin's reaction to new western sanctions against Russia.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
Global reaction to Russia's aggressive moves into Ukraine has created a sense of Déjà vu. If you listen to the rhetoric and ignore the calendar, you might think that you've traveled through time to the days of the Cold War. A recent edition of The National Conversation series posed the question, "If it's not a Cold War, what is it?" That's the focus of this edition of REWIND.
In this Context interview, Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, former Prime Minister of Poland, and Andrey Kozyrev, former Russian Foreign Minister, offered their perspectives on the past, present, and future of European security and the NATO alliance.