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Thu, Jun 20, 2019

An incomplete end to the MH17 tragedy

On June 19, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) charged four suspects of murder for their role in shooting down a passenger plane over eastern Ukraine in 2014. Amid the geopolitics, rhetoric, and finger pointing yesterday, the most poignant words came from Silene Fredriksz, who lost her son Bryce in the downing of Malaysia Airlines […]

UkraineAlert by Michael Bociurkiw

Conflict Disinformation

Tue, Jun 4, 2019

Seven dangers of engaging with the occupied Donbas—and opportunities for the new Ukrainian president

Ukraine’s new president says he wants to end the Russian-backed war in the country’s east. However, it won’t be easy. There are at least seven dangers of engaging with the occupied territories of the Donbas. The first danger is that a class of highly educated and trained leaders is completely absent. All key positions, whether […]

UkraineAlert by Petro Burkovskyi

Conflict Corruption

Wed, May 15, 2019

Foreign interference in Ukraine’s election

Ukraine conducted its presidential election in accordance with democratic standards, despite clear evidence of Russian interference. The interference, however, was not extensive enough to affect the election’s outcome or the actual voting process.

Report by Ukraine Election Task Force

Cybersecurity Disinformation

Fri, May 3, 2019

Children as a tool: how Russia militarizes kids in the Donbas and Crimea

With an eye to the future, officials in the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine are waging a campaign of “patriotic education” aimed at reaching the hearts and minds of those most susceptible to ideological persuasion: children. Russia has always used the militarization of public life to indoctrinate local populations and continues that practice today. Currently, thousands […]

UkraineAlert by Iryna Matviyishyn

Conflict Human Rights

Wed, Oct 3, 2018

Here’s how 3D printers could become a global nonproliferation nightmare

Widespread 3D printing could enable nations that are the target of international sanctions to sidestep regulations and print restricted items. This would undermine the legitimacy and effectiveness of this vital foreign policy instrument.

New Atlanticist by Spandana Singh

Non-Traditional Threats Nuclear Nonproliferation

Wed, Sep 12, 2018

Putin critic Litvinenko’s widow says Russia using disinformation to discredit Skripal poisoning

Russian authorities are now “trying to use a case of Alexander Litvinenko to destroy the future case of Yulia and Sergei Skripal,” Marina Litvinenko said.

New Atlanticist by David Wemer

Disinformation Non-Traditional Threats

Tue, Sep 26, 2017

The MADCOM future

Emerging artificial intelligence (AI) tools will provide propagandists radically enhanced capabilities to manipulate human minds. Human cognition is a complex system, and AI tools are very good at decoding complex systems. Interactions on social media, browsing the Internet, and even grocery shopping provide thousands of data points from which technologists can build psychological profiles on nearly […]

Report by Matt Chessen

Americas Civil Society

Tue, Dec 6, 2016

Evaluating Western Sanctions on Russia

It has been more than two years since the European Union (EU) and the United States imposed economic sanctions on Russia for its aggression in Ukraine. For some of the measures that is time enough to evaluate effectiveness. “The sanctions’ greatest achievement is that they have been an important demonstration of transatlantic unity. Still, there […]

Report by Sergey Aleksashenko

Conflict Defense Policy

Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Frozen Conflicts: A Tool Kit for US Policymakers

“Since the 1990s, a number of separatist movements and conflicts have challenged the borders of the states of the former Soviet Union and created quasi-independent territories under Russian influence and control,” states Agnia Grigas, a senior nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, in the opening of her new report, Frozen Conflicts: A […]

Report by Agnia Grigas

Conflict Crisis Management

Thu, Mar 24, 2016

The Kremlin’s Actions in Syria: Origins, Timing, and Prospects

Resolution to the conflict in Syria requires an understanding of the Russian intervention, involvement, and interest therein. Putin’s interest in regaining the “influence that the Soviet Union once enjoyed in the Middle East” shapes how the West must engage Russia, as Ambassador John E. Herbst highlights in The Kremlin’s Actions in Syria, a new report […]

Report by Frederic C. Hof, Vladislav Inozemtsev, Adam Garfinkle, Dennis Ross

Arms Control Conflict