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Mon, Nov 23, 2020

How the West should deal with Russia

The United States must deal with Russia as it is, not as it wishes it to be. What does a policy framework to address both Russia’s dismal current realities and its better future potential look like?

Report by Alexander Vershbow, Daniel Fried

Arms Control European Union

Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Defending the United States against Russian dark money

Warfare has evolved and the United States now faces a major unconventional threat: Russia’s estimated $1 trillion of dark money. With it, the Kremlin can wreak havoc if the US fails to act and recognize this national security threat for what it is.

Report by Anders Åslund, Julia Friedlander

Corruption Economic Sanctions
Featured events

Tue, Dec 22, 2020

Putin’s playbook: Lessons from the operation to kill Alexei Navalny

Online Event An explosive report tying the Kremlin to the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny raises real questions about Russia’s government and security services. Why does the Kremlin see Navalny as such a threat, and what does a recovered Navalny mean for the future of Russian politics?

10:00am Human Rights Intelligence Political Reform Russia

Wed, Dec 16, 2020

How to stop Nord Stream 2

Online Event Nord Stream 2 is almost complete, and many want it to stay that way. Russia’s actions regarding Belarus and its poisoning of Alexei Navalny are now forcing officials in European countries to question the wisdom of completing it.

2:15pm Eastern Europe Economic Sanctions Geopolitics & Energy Security Oil and Gas

Photo essay

The fifth wave

“I didn’t betray my country. But I have more options here.” Russian artist Maria Muzalevskaya’s photo-project consists of portraits of Russian émigrés, who left the country after 2012.

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The Compatriots

As relations between the United States and Soviet Union fluctuated, New York City became a hub for Soviet and Russian activity, including diplomats, spies, and sympathizers alike. Russian journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan trace the legacy Moscow has left behind in Manhattan streets and beyond.

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The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.



Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Kroenig quoted in Vox on Biden’s commitment to extend New START for five years

Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig was quoted in a Vox article on President Biden's decision to extend New START for five years.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Arms Control Nuclear Deterrence

Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Herbst joins Carnegie Europe to talk European policy toward the Kremlin

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions International Organizations

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

US targets Putin’s pipelines from Baltic Sea to Balkans

Washington’s attention has recently focused on Nord Stream 2, but US officials also face similar challenges in Southern Europe, where Russia is once again using energy to advance its geopolitical interests.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Eastern Europe Geopolitics & Energy Security

Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Ukraine’s cultural revival is a matter of national security

Culture and identity have been at the heart of the hybrid war waged by Russia against Ukraine for the past seven years.

UkraineAlert by Marina Pesenti

Disinformation Nationalism

Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Does Russia really want a US return to the Iran deal?

The Kremlin has also backed European efforts to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action since the US’s unilateral withdrawal from the deal in 2018. Below the surface, however, Russia’s views may be more complicated and ambivalent.

IranSource by Arman Mahmoudian and Giorgio Cafiero

Iran Middle East

Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Whitmore joins BBC Radio 5 to discuss Navalny’s dramatic return to Russia

In the News by Atlantic Council

Politics & Diplomacy Russia

Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Russia’s Crimean crimes demand tougher sanctions

Ukrainian civic society activists are calling on the international community to introduce personal sanctions against officials guilty of human rights abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea.

UkraineAlert by Maria Tomak

Civil Society Human Rights

Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Putin’s war drives Ukraine towards true independence

Thirty years since the collapse of the USSR, Ukraine is no longer part of Vladimir Putin's informal empire but the country continues to struggle with the legacy of centuries spent under Russian domination.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Ukraine raised the alarm over weaponized social media long before Trump’s twitter ban

Tech giant Twitter's decision to block the account of US President Donald Trump has sparked a global free speech debate, but Ukraine has been warning for years about the dangers of weaponized social media.

UkraineAlert by Victor Tregubov

Media Non-Traditional Threats

Wed, Jan 13, 2021

Vladimir Putin has nothing but bad options in Belarus

Vladimir Putin knows his support for dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka is poisoning attitudes towards Russia in neighboring Belarus, but he cannot allow a democratic uprising to succeed so close to home.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Democratic Transitions
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