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The Power Vertical is a blog and podcast for Russia wonks and Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It covers emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today.

Host and Eurasia Center Senior Fellow Brian Whitmore invites guest experts to deliver their insights and analysis in this weekly podcast. The Atlantic Council and the Charles T. McDowell Center for Global Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington co-sponsor this production.

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Original photo of the Polish PM, which was digitally altered and amplified on Telegram. (Source: @PremierRP/archive)

New Atlanticist

Dec 2, 2022

Russian War Report: Russian Telegram channel spreads digitally modified photo of Poland’s prime minister

By Digital Forensic Research Lab

Russian Telegram channels disseminated a manipulated photo showing Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at a monument during his visit to Ukraine.

Conflict Disinformation

New Atlanticist

Dec 2, 2022

What to expect from the new Russian oil price cap

By Reed Blakemore, Charles Lichfield, Brian O’Toole

As the EU comes to an agreement on a $60 price cap, here's how it will work—and what impacts the world will see on the global and Russian economy.

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Kroenig on CNBC regarding Russian nuclear threats

By Atlantic Council

CNBC hosts Matthew Kroenig to discuss possible Russian nuclear use

Europe & Eurasia Nuclear Deterrence

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Polymeropoulos on MSNBC discussing missile strike in Poland

By Atlantic Council

MSNBC hosts Marco Polymeropoulos to discuss the significance of the missile strike that landed in Poland

Crisis Management Europe & Eurasia

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Warrick in Newsweek on diplomatic options to deter Russian nuclear use

By Atlantic Council

Thomas Warrick outlines how the international community could deter Russian nuclear use by threatening its veto power on the UN Security Council

Nuclear Deterrence Russia

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Kroenig on the Ben Domench Podcast

By Atlantic Council

The Ben Domench Podcast hosts Matthew Kroenig to discuss possible Russian nuclear use

Europe & Eurasia Nuclear Deterrence

UkraineAlert

Dec 1, 2022

Vladimir Putin’s Ukrainian Genocide: Nobody can claim they did not know

By Peter Dickinson

The overwhelming evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine together with the openly genocidal intent on display in Moscow mean nobody claim they did not know about Putin's Ukrainian Genocide, writes Peter Dickinson.

Conflict Disinformation

UkraineAlert

Nov 30, 2022

As Putin retreats in Ukraine, he is also losing Kazakhstan

By Kamila Auyezova

Putin's rapidly unraveling invasion of Ukraine is eroding Russian influence throughout the former Soviet Empire. This process of imperial retreat is nowhere more visible than in Kazakhstan, writes Kamila Auyezova.

Central Asia China
Military drone operators in eastern Ukraine

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series

Nov 30, 2022

Preparing for victory: A long-haul strategy to help Ukraine win the war against Russia—and secure the peace

By Stephen J. Hadley, William Taylor, John E. Herbst, Matthew Kroenig, Melinda Haring, and Jeffrey Cimmino

Ukraine’s counteroffensives, backed by expanded and accelerated US and allied support, continue to push Russian forces out of Ukrainian territory, although at a reduced rate. These hard-won successes, however, bring with them possible challenges that also must be addressed. 

Europe & Eurasia Politics & Diplomacy

New Atlanticist

Nov 30, 2022

Russia Crisis Military Assessment: Can Ukraine press its offensive this winter?

By Atlantic Council military fellows

Ukraine must carefully balance the allure of capitalizing on momentum against a weakened opponent with the challenge of sustaining hard-won gains through the winter.

Conflict Russia

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