UkraineAlertJan 24, 2022
Putin’s threatened invasion is already hitting the Ukrainian economy hard
By Anders Åslund
While the world waits to see if Vladimir Putin will proceed with his threatened invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s menacing military posture is already hitting the Ukrainian economy hard.
UkraineAlertJan 23, 2022
Disarming Putin’s history weapon
By Bohdan Vitvitsky
Ever since 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin has weaponized history as part of his hybrid war against Ukraine and sought to whitewash what is a deeply troubling Russian record of atrocity and oppression.
BelarusAlertJan 23, 2022
Belarus pro-democracy opposition plans to target sham referendum
By Alesia Rudnik
Belarus will hold a referendum on February 27 over proposed constitutional changes. The vote may provide the country’s embattled pro-democracy opposition with a welcome opportunity to regroup and mobilize.
UkraineAlertJan 23, 2022
Ukraine Crisis: Putin the gambler may have gone too far to back down
By Timothy Ash
Russian President Vladimir Putin has gained the world’s attention with his threat to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine but he may now feel he must act or risk a serious loss of credibility on the international stage.
UkraineAlertJan 22, 2022
Stop asking what Putin wants and start asking what Ukrainians want
By Mychailo Wynnyckyj
Fears of a major European war have sparked endless speculation over what Putin may want and how the West should react, but Ukraine itself has been largely reduced to the status of bystander in its own national drama.
New AtlanticistJan 21, 2022
What if Russia invades Ukraine (again)? Consider these options for sanctions escalation.
By Brian O’Toole, Daniel Fried
Whatever Putin’s intentions, the Kremlin’s anti-Ukrainian propaganda has not been so loud since 2014. The United States and its allies need to respond in order to prevent a major military escalation at worst and at least blunt Putin’s effort to gain political advantage through intimidation.
UkraineAlertJan 19, 2022
Don’t believe Putin’s propaganda. Sanctions are hurting Russia.
By Harley Balzer
International sanctions imposed on Russia since 2014 in response to Moscow’s attack on Ukraine continue to have a negative impact on the country’s economy despite Kremlin efforts to claim otherwise.
UkraineAlertJan 18, 2022
Ben Wallace: Putin’s bogus NATO fears disguise Ukraine ambitions
By Peter Dickinson
As geopolitical tensions continue to mount in Eastern Europe, UK Defense Minister Ben Wallace has published an essay exposing the chilling reality behind Russian President Vladimir Putin’s imperial ambitions in Ukraine.
BelarusAlertJan 17, 2022
The Putin Doctrine: Russia defends autocrats from Belarus to Kazakhstan
By Victor Tregubov
The deployment of a Russia-led military mission to Kazakhstan in early January proved to be a short-lived affair. Nevertheless, it underlined Putin’s growing role as the world’s leading defender of authoritarianism.