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May 17, 2022

Putin’s only friend: Belarus is Russia’s last remaining post-Soviet ally

By Brian Whitmore

The recent CSTO summit in Moscow highlighted Russia's lack of support even within the former Soviet region while underlining Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka's status as Vladimir Putin's last remaining ally.

Belarus Central Asia

New Atlanticist

May 17, 2022

Safe distance: Why Ukraine should embrace land mines

By John B. Barranco

Kyiv needs to reconsider its membership in the Ottawa Treaty if it wants to keep Russia's military out.

Conflict Crisis Management

Trackers and Data Visualizations

May 17, 2022

NATO Forward Forces Tracker

By Transatlantic Security Initiative

In the lead-up to and following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the United States and NATO allies have taken numerous steps to bolster allied force posture in Eastern Europe. The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Transatlantic Security Initiative has been tracking it all. Check out its interactive table and charts to visualize the changes over time.


New Atlanticist

May 17, 2022

How the US Senate could slow down Sweden and Finland’s NATO future

By David Auerswald

Now isn't the time to debate for the sake of debating: The United States and Europe will be safer with Finland and Sweden in the Alliance.

Defense Policy European Union

Press Release

May 17, 2022

Atlantic Council Announces Reopening of Warsaw Office

Atlantic Council deepens its commitment to Poland and Central Europe at a critical time for the region’s security and prosperity; office reopened with high-level public event in Warsaw

Europe & Eurasia

Reality Check

May 17, 2022

Reality Check #12 — Russia, the West, and the rest: The hard choices the US must make to reinforce its global leadership

By Ferial Saeed

Washington needs to make hard choices now to blunt the global consequences of the war in Ukraine and the sanctions regime while delivering a decisive strategic setback to Russian President Vladimir Putin necessary to reinforce US global leadership. 

China Conflict

In the News

May 17, 2022

Wieslander speaks at Lennart Meri Conference in Estonia

On May 15th, Anna Wieslander spoke at the Lennart Meri Conference in Tallinn. Her concluding panel “Trusting Who We Are: Baltic Regional Security,” moderated by President of Estonia Alar Karis, took place on the verge of Swedish and Finnish NATO membership applications. Bringing two EU members into NATO’s framework will “solidify the West,” Wieslander said. Attempts at dialogue […]

Europe & Eurasia NATO


May 17, 2022

Vladimir Putin is running out of options to avoid defeat in Ukraine

By Taras Kuzio

Vladimir Putin expected a quick victory in Ukraine but now finds himself facing a catastrophic defeat that will shatter Russia's pretensions to military superpower status while threatening Putin's own authoritarian regime.

Conflict Crisis Management

Blog Post

May 16, 2022

State of the Order: Assessing April 2022

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Eastern Europe Europe & Eurasia

In the News

May 16, 2022

Nooruddin in Inkstick: “Russia’s Unsurprising Allies”

By Atlantic Council

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