Thu, Jan 28, 2021

Navalny, Putin, and the future of Russia

Online Event Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was immediately detained upon his return to Russia. Navalny then released a documentary detailing systemic corruption by President Vladimir Putin, prompting major protests across Russia. Just how strong is Navalny’s opposition movement?

8:00am Civil Society Corruption Democratic Transitions Europe & Eurasia

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Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Biden and Belarus: A strategy for the new administration

Joe Biden has an historic opportunity to bring Europe together and reverse the tide of dictatorship by building an international coalition to support democracy in Belarus. This strategy lays out key recommendations for the Biden as it prepares its policy toward Belarus.

Issue Brief by Anders Åslund, Melinda Haring, John E. Herbst, Alexander Vershbow

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Navalny’s arrest is Biden’s first big test. Here’s how he can pass it.

What happens next matters. The US response (or lack of response) will show how much Russian President Vladimir Putin’s internal repression—including assassinations—will factor into the Biden team’s overall Russia policy. The trick for the Biden administration will be to respond with sufficient firmness and cross-Atlantic coordination to puncture Putin’s apparent sense of impunity while leaving space for cooperation with Russia where that makes sense.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried, Anders Åslund

Economic Sanctions Russia

Mon, Jan 11, 2021

US sanctions Giuliani-linked Ukrainians over Russian bid to influence 2020 election

The US Department of the Treasury has imposed sanctions on seven Ukrainians who stand accused of meddling in the recent American presidential election campaign on behalf of Russia.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Elections Russia

Anders Åslund is a resident senior fellow in the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council. He also teaches at Georgetown University. He is a leading specialist on economic policy in Russia, Ukraine, and East Europe.

Dr. Åslund has served as an economic adviser to several governments, notably the governments of Russia (1991-94) and Ukraine (1994-97). He is chairman of the Advisory Council of the Center for Social and Economic Research, Warsaw, and of the Scientific Council of the Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition. He has published widely and is the author of fourteen books, most recently Russia’s Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy (YUP, 2019) and with Simeon Djankov, Europe’s Growth Challenge (OUP, 2017) and Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It (2015). Other books of his are How Capitalism Was Built (CUP, 2013) and Russia’s Capitalist Revolution (2007). He has also edited sixteen books.

Previously, he worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Brookings Institution, and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He was a professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and the founding director of the Stockholm Institute of East European Economics. He served as a Swedish diplomat in Kuwait, Poland, Geneva, and Moscow. He earned his PhD from Oxford University.

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