Keith Darden 04-15-2014
(Foreign Affairs) For the first time since 1989, Europe is transforming. Russia is expanding. NATO and the West are struggling to react. And there is constant talk of a new Cold War. The primary protagonists, by most accounts, are Russia and the West. It’s Putin vs. Obama, Moscow vs. Brussels, authoritarian speed vs. democratic dithering. The bit of territory that they are...
Tomila Lankina 04-15-2014
(Co-authored by Kinga Niemcyzk) Much of the commentary on Russia’s recent annexation of the Crimea has focused on Russia’s hard power—its geo-political designs in the so-called near abroad, ostensible security vulnerabilities to NATO’s eastward expansion, strategic objectives, and military capabilities.  These questions are not moot and have a strong sense of urgency for l...
Maria Popova 04-10-2014
(Co-authored by Vincent Post) The idea of lustration is gaining momentum in Ukraine. A recent survey shows that nearly 80 percent of respondents support the policy. Lustration (from the Latin verb lustrare, to ceremonially purify) refers to a policy that seeks to cleanse a new regime from the remnants of the past. The process involves screening new officials (elected or ap...
PONARS Eurasia 04-10-2014
(National Review - "Western Policy, Post-Crimea") By all accounts, Vladimir Putin appears to be winning. Over the past month, Russia’s wily president has managed to orchestrate the asymmetric invasion of a neighboring state (Ukraine) and annex a new territory into the Russian Federation (Crimea). In the process, he has presented the first serious challenge to the post–Cold...
PONARS Eurasia 04-10-2014
(Time - "Moscow Says Bottoms Up for Crimean Wine") Following Russia’s recent annexation of southern Ukraine, Crimean wineries are optimistic that the change in political leadership will help their businesses. But what it means for the long-term future of Crimean wine remains to be seen. In the era of Czar Nicholas I, Crimean wine was treasured by Russians as the best in th...
PONARS Eurasia 04-07-2014
See the ISA Annual Convention panel discussion on "Innovation and Adaptation of Multilateral Institutions in a New Geopolitical Era" with Mikhail A. Troitskiy, Fen Osler Hampson, Domenico Lombardi, James Orbinski, John Ravenhill, Mira Burri, Mark Raymond, and John Ruggie (moderator). Whether the units of analysis being studied are world systems, regions, states, or other i...
Nicu Popescu 04-07-2014
When it comes to foreign policy, Russia is good at sprinting, while the West – and especially the EU – is better at marathons. The use of kinetic military force by Moscow is to a large extent a sign that other, long-term foreign policy means failed in Ukraine: Russian coercive diplomacy – based on sticks (embargoes and sanctions) and carrots (offers of cheaper gas and grea...
Judyth Twigg 04-04-2014
(CSIS Report) See the recently released report U.S.-Russia Health Engagement: Still on the Agenda from the CSIS Global Health Policy Center by Dr. Judyth L. Twigg. The current turmoil in Ukraine and near-certain resulting isolation of Russia could carry devastating implications for U.S.-Russia collaboration in the health sector. While government-to-government ties may suff...

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