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Mon, May 3, 2021

The impact of Western sanctions on Russia and how they can be made even more effective

While Western sanctions have not succeeded in forcing the Kremlin to fully reverse its actions and end aggression in Ukraine, the economic impact of financial sanctions on Russia has been greater than previously understood.

Report by Anders Åslund, Maria Snegovaya

Economic Sanctions European Union

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
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Fri, Sep 24, 2021

How can Europe escape Gazprom’s gas grip?

Online Event In recent months, Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom has used the Biden administration’s acquiescence to Nord Stream 2 to squeeze European energy markets. With the winter heating season soon approaching, is the Kremlin trying to spark an energy crisis in Europe?

11:00am Eastern Europe Geopolitics & Energy Security International Markets Oil and Gas

Mon, Sep 20, 2021

Russia’s parliamentary elections, explained

Online Event As Russians go to the polls on September 19, the Kremlin has been cracking down harder than ever to get the electoral results it wants. What are the real results of this year’s Duma elections?

9:00am Civil Society Elections Political Reform Russia

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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Fri, Sep 17, 2021

How Russia made Apple and Google complicit in its internet crackdown

Just as voting opened in Russia, Apple and Google deleted an app from their stores published by Alexei Navalny's team designed to deliver candidate recommendations. Here's why that signals an international problem.

New Atlanticist by Dylan Myles-Primakoff, Justin Sherman

Cybersecurity Elections

Thu, Sep 16, 2021

America must lead the international response to Russia’s human rights crisis

US President Joe Biden took an important step in Geneva towards supporting Russian human rights defenders. America must now follow this up with concrete action to punish Moscow's abuses.

UkraineAlert by Dave Elseroad

Human Rights Russia

Thu, Sep 16, 2021

What these Russian elections will reveal about the Kremlin’s power

They're the last big test for the Kremlin before the 2024 presidential election.

New Atlanticist by Brian Whitmore

Civil Society Democratic Transitions

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

Russian-Belarusian military merger accelerates on NATO’s eastern flank

The accelerating military merger between Russia and Belarus is dramatically altering the regional security equation and creating an authoritarian army on the European Union's eastern frontier.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Russia

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

Vladimir Putin accused of weaponizing Russian gas

With construction work on Russia’s controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline now complete, critics say Moscow is weaponizing gas deliveries to Europe in a bid to speed up the lengthy certification process.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

European Union Geopolitics & Energy Security

Tue, Sep 14, 2021

Belarus dictator poses growing threat to Ukraine

Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka's growing dependence on the Kremlin is allowing Vladimir Putin to expand his military presence in Belarus and creating a new front in Russia's hybrid war against Ukraine.

UkraineAlert by Lisa Yasko

Belarus Conflict

Fri, Sep 10, 2021

Sakhi joined the Wilson Center for a comprehensive discussion: “Hindsight Up Front: Implications of Afghanistan Withdrawal for China and Russia”

Timely Commentary & Analysis by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan China

Fri, Sep 10, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford discuss the brewing refugee crisis in Eastern Europe and the new Taliban government

On September 10, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss Belarus’ attempt to inundate Eastern Europe with migrants, threats to democracy in Brazil, and the newly announced Taliban government in Afghanistan.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Belarus

Wed, Sep 8, 2021

Ashford at CSIS: Military Challenges to Future NATO Enlargement

On September 8, Ashford participated in a panel discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies around a new paper on the future of NATO expansion and was appointed a Nonresident Fellow at the Modern War Institute as West Point for the 2021-2022 academic year. “Past NATO expansion helped create a Europe whole, free, […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

English Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Sep 8, 2021

Belarus and Europe’s new Iron Curtain

Kremlin-backed Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka's weaponization of illegal migration has forced neighboring EU members to introduce tougher border restrictions and led to talk of a new Iron Curtain.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus European Union

Events

Fri, Sep 24, 2021

How can Europe escape Gazprom’s gas grip?

Online Event In recent months, Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom has used the Biden administration’s acquiescence to Nord Stream 2 to squeeze European energy markets. With the winter heating season soon approaching, is the Kremlin trying to spark an energy crisis in Europe?

11:00am Eastern Europe Geopolitics & Energy Security International Markets Oil and Gas

Mon, Sep 20, 2021

Russia’s parliamentary elections, explained

Online Event As Russians go to the polls on September 19, the Kremlin has been cracking down harder than ever to get the electoral results it wants. What are the real results of this year's Duma elections?

9:00am Civil Society Elections Political Reform Russia

Fri, Sep 24, 2021

Future of UN sanctions

Online Event Panel discussion on the future of targeted financial sanctions in the United Nations toolkit featuring Sue Eckert, George A. Lopez, Kimberly Prost, and Jacqueline Shire. This conversation is moderated by Howard Wachtel.

2:00pm Belarus China Economic Sanctions Ethiopia