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Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Russia after Putin: How to rebuild the state

We do not know when and how President Putin’s regime will end, but there are signs that it is struggling and the end could come in the foreseeable future. We need to start discussing now how a new state should be built on the ruins of the old system.

Report by Anders Åslund and Leonid Gozman

Civil Society Corruption

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
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Fri, Apr 23, 2021

Россия после Путина: первоочередные шаги новой власти

Online Event Мы не знаем, когда прекратит свое существование режим Путина, но он явно испытывает трудности. В своем новом докладе д-р Андерс Ослунд и д-р Леонид Гозман дают рекомендации о том, что следует сделать после завершения путинского правления.

8:00am Europe & Eurasia Political Reform Rule of Law Russia

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Russia’s dangerous military escalation with Ukraine

Online Event Moscow is amassing forces on Ukraine’s eastern border and in northern occupied Crimea. Why is this happening now? Will Putin actually strike, and what should the West do?

2:00pm Conflict Eastern Europe Russia Security & Defense

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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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Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Putin’s saber-rattling reflects Russian rage over the loss of Ukraine

Putin's saber-rattling activities on the Ukrainian border reflect Moscow's refusal to accept its declining influence in a country where Russia has been the dominant force for more than three centuries.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Conflict Russia

Thu, Apr 15, 2021

FAST THINKING: What the Russia-China moon deal means for the commercialization of space

On this episode of Fast Thinking, Atlantic Council experts Divya Chander and David Bray explore what this announcement will mean for geopolitics and the commercialization of space—touching on space mining, the Artemis Accords, the Outer Space Treaty, and what we can learn from native cultures about the rights of our planet and others.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

China Russia

Thu, Apr 15, 2021

FAST THINKING: Biden hits back at Putin

Today the Biden administration hit thirty-two Russian government officials and entities, plus six companies, with economic sanctions in retaliation for the SolarWinds hack, 2020 election interference, and other Russian malfeasance. What measures matter most?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Russian-language media: Can Ukraine compete with the Kremlin?

Putin's hybrid war against Ukraine has relied heavily on disinformation and the weaponization of Russian-language media, but Ukraine remains best-placed among the former Soviet republics to lead the fight back.

UkraineAlert by Mitchell Polman

Disinformation Media

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Global Sanctions Dashboard: March

The Global Sanctions Dashboard aims to inform economic statecraft policies by analyzing sanctions globally and identifying trends across lists in partnership with Castellum.AI.

EconoGraphics by Julia Friedlander, Michael Albanese and Castellum.AI

China Economic Sanctions

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Belarus is the new front in Putin’s war against Ukraine

Fears are growing that the rapidly expanding Russian military presence in Belarus will help transform the country into a new front in the Kremlin's war against Ukraine.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Conflict

Tue, Apr 13, 2021

Russian passports: Putin’s secret weapon in the war against Ukraine

Since 2019, Moscow has distributed hundreds of thousands of Russian passports to Ukrainians living the occupied east of the country. Kremlin officials are now vowing to defend these Russian citizens if necessary.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Conflict Russia

Tue, Apr 13, 2021

A pipeline deal could help end Putin’s Ukraine war

The Russian-led conflict in eastern Ukraine and the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline are the two most contentious issues on the Euro-Atlantic security agenda today. Linking the two could broaden the space for negotiation.

UkraineAlert by Colin Cleary

Conflict European Union

Tue, Apr 13, 2021

What if Russia invades Ukraine (again)? Consider these options for sanctions escalation.

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.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole, Daniel Fried

Crisis Management Economic Sanctions
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Sun, Apr 11, 2021

The future of security in space: A thirty-year US strategy

Outer space is rapidly transforming as new actors test new limits. This Atlantic Council Strategy Paper calls for the United States and its allies and partners to secure space over the next three decades or risk wasting the promise of this emerging domain.

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series by Clementine G. Starling, Mark J. Massa, Lt Col Christopher P. Mulder, and Julia T. Siegel

China Cybersecurity

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Fri, Apr 23, 2021

Россия после Путина: первоочередные шаги новой власти

Online Event Мы не знаем, когда прекратит свое существование режим Путина, но он явно испытывает трудности. В своем новом докладе д-р Андерс Ослунд и д-р Леонид Гозман дают рекомендации о том, что следует сделать после завершения путинского правления.

8:00am Europe & Eurasia Political Reform Rule of Law Russia