Henry E. Hale 08-20-2014
(Carnegie Forum on Rebuilding U.S.-Russia Relations) It is not very productive to interpret the current international situation as a new Cold War or to see Russia’s Vladimir Putin as a Russian Hitler bent on reconstituting the USSR at all costs. The Cold War was driven in substantial part by competing ideologies of world scope. Putin does not aim to take over Europe, much...
Timothy Frye 08-20-2014
(Carnegie Forum on Rebuilding U.S.-Russia Relations) Two broad narratives have come to dominate debates about the sources of Russian foreign policy toward Ukraine. The “domestic politics” view argues that concerns internal to Russia have driven President Putin’s policy choices in Ukraine. Faced with a very sluggish economy and declining public approval ratings, President P...
Mark Kramer 08-20-2014
(Carnegie Forum on Rebuilding U.S.-Russia Relations) The ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine has attracted extensive news coverage and political commentary in the United States. Reading the commentary, one often gets the impression that Russia has gone much further than other countries in flouting international norms. No doubt, the cynical brutality of Russian Presid...
Dmitry Gorenburg 08-20-2014
(Carnegie Forum on Rebuilding U.S.-Russia Relations) American media narratives generally tend to excessively personalize politics and international affairs, and recent coverage of Russia is no exception to this overall trend. During the entire Ukraine crisis, and especially in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, Vladimir Putin has been portrayed a...
Elizabeth Wishnick 08-19-2014
After two decades of discussion, China and Russia finally agreed this year to share the $77 billion cost of building the “Power of Siberia” gas pipeline from Russia to China. On May 21, 2014, the two countries signed a $400 billion deal to ship 38 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas to China beginning in 2018. Although the timing of the long-awaited gas pipeline agreement fr...
PONARS Eurasia 08-15-2014
(Bloomberg) As a convoy of white trucks heading from Moscow to Ukraine raises alarm about a potential Russian invasion, Vladimir Putin is opening up a new front on his global chess board. Putin sparked outrage in Japan with a military drill along Russia’s eastern frontier this week, reigniting a territorial dispute with his Asian neighbor that has festered since the Soviet...
PONARS Eurasia 08-15-2014
(The Christian Science Monitor) A Russian convoy of over 200 trucks allegedly carrying humanitarian aid to conflict-ridden eastern Ukraine is moving towards a rebel-controlled checkpoint creating an international guessing game and raising the prospect of an all out war. Earlier this week Russia announced that it had come to an agreement with Ukraine and the International C...
PONARS Eurasia 08-14-2014
(Video Series) Russian politics is increasingly unpredictable. In order to help clarify the issues, Robert Orttung and Sufian Zhemukhov at the George Washington University have launched a new talk show called “Two Guys Discussing Russia over Pastries.” The topic of the first episode is: Will Russia Invade Ukraine? The scholars arrive at op...

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