PONARS Eurasia 04 Jan 2017
(DPA) It reads like the plot of a Cold War spy novel: The Obama administration seems to have no doubt that Russia is behind cyberattacks and intrusions during the US presidential election. But president-elect Donald Trump remains sceptical. US President Barack Obama in his final weeks in office managed in one fell swoop to strike at both Russia and president-elect Donald Trump, as well as create a rift within the Republican Party. He expelled...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Jan 2017
(CBS This Morning) Kimberly Marten, political science professor at Barnard College and Columbia University in New York, and James Norton, president and founder of cybersecurity firm Play-Action Strategies, join "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the U.S. sanctions on Russia and how the country is confronting Vladimir Putin's government in the cyber age. More © CBS
Kimberly Marten 04 Jan 2017
(Huffington Post) President Barack Obama’s new sanctions against Russian state hacking are a political masterstroke—and they may turn out to be an invaluable parting gift to Donald Trump. Trump aide Kellyanne Conway is right that punishing Russia for its cyber attacks on the Democratic National Committee and other U.S. political figures will “box-in” Trump. She’s wrong about why, though. The reason the new sanctions limit Trump’s room for...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Jan 2017
(WNYC Radio) The FBI and DHS released a Joint Analysis Report yesterday highlighting the ways in which the Russian civilian and military intelligence services acted to influence the American election - malicious cyber activity that the U.S. government is officially referring to as GRIZZLY STEPPE. The release of the report coincided with the Obama administration's first direct action against Russia, which arguably the largest response to a state...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Jan 2017
(NPR) What actions can be taken against Russia for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election? Siegel: Professor Kimberly Marten of Barnard College is a scholar of U.S.-Russia relations, and she joins us now. Welcome to the program once again. What effect do you expect these sanctions would have on Russia? Marten: Well, it's not clear they'll have any immediate effect, but they might have some long-term consequences. The first is that the U.S...
Henry E. Hale 30 Dec 2016
Will incoming U.S. President Donald Trump usher in a new era of US-Russia cooperation? Many in Russia think so, as do some in the US. But early signs warn the time ahead could become more volatile than before and cooperation could come at a high price. Is it within Trump’s power to change US-Russia relations? Certainly, and he is unlikely to feel constrained by public opinion or Congress. Going against the “conventional wisdom” was the hallmark...
Ayşe Zarakol 20 Dec 2016
(LRB Blog) At 7.05 p.m. Turkish time yesterday, the Russian ambassador, Andrei Karlov, was shot dead in an Ankara art gallery, while visiting an exhibition entitled Russia through Turkish Eyes. The assassin, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, an off-duty Turkish police officer in a suit and tie, calmly shot Karlov in the back several times; spoke in Turkish about Aleppo, with his hand in the air, one finger pointed upward (a jihadi sign, symbolising ‘takbir...
PONARS Eurasia 20 Dec 2016
(CSM) When the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday proposed a resolution praising outgoing Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for supporting the world’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, Russia stood up to its Western colleagues and said no. The wording about sexual minorities, whom Russian President Vladmir Putin disdains, was replaced with a benign reference to the “most vulnerable” and “marginalized.” The Security...

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