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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, Jun 4, 2021

Nord Stream 2: Pipeline to controversy?

Online Event The Biden team’s choice to waive sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG may present a real challenge for transatlantic relations. Will Congress force the president’s hand, and how will the upcoming Biden-Putin summit be impacted?

1:00pm Economic Sanctions Geopolitics & Energy Security Germany Oil and Gas

Thu, Jun 10, 2021

Dark waves: Power plays for the Black Sea region

Online Event The Black Sea is a strategic crossroads—which is why the Kremlin has made it into a pressure point in its war on Ukraine. What are Moscow’s real ambitions for the region and does Ukraine have what it needs to defend itself?

11:00am Geopolitics & Energy Security Maritime Security Russia The Caucasus

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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Tue, Jun 15, 2021

What does the Arab Street think of China and Russia? The answers may surprise you.

Are perceptions about China and Russia shared by MENA elites and the public? Building on previous posts that analyzed MENA’s interests in engaging these states, we answer these questions by examining polling data across MENA and within particular states.

MENASource by Li-Chen Sim and Lucille Greer

China Middle East

Tue, Jun 15, 2021


The band is back together: NATO allies gathered at a Monday summit in Brussels. How will the meeting shape NATO’s future, and what cracks did it reveal in the Alliance?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

China Climate Change & Climate Action

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

Putin’s Ukraine War: Will Russia attempt a Black Sea blockade?

The international community spent much of April 2021 nervously watching the Ukrainian border for signs of a new Kremlin offensive, but Russia's next escalation may come in the Black Sea.

UkraineAlert by Andriy Zagorodnyuk, Alexander Khara

Conflict Maritime Security

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

FAST THINKING: What to expect from the Biden-Putin summit

On this episode of Fast Thinking, Atlantic Council experts Doug Klain and Melinda Haring discuss who has the most to gain from the summit and whether this meeting has any chance of stabilizing US-Russia relations.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Geopolitical weapon: Putin’s pipeline nears completion

This week's summit meeting between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin may be one of the last opportunities for the US to take a stand against the Kremlin's controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

UkraineAlert by Benjamin Schmitt

Geopolitics & Energy Security Russia

Sun, Jun 13, 2021

History’s warning for the Biden-Putin meeting

The dangers rest in the Biden administration’s understandable focus on China as the contest of our times and insufficient realization of the increased challenges Russia poses.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Politics & Diplomacy Russia

Sat, Jun 12, 2021

NATO must stand with Ukraine against Russian aggression

NATO's 2008 decision to deny Ukraine a Membership Action Plan paved the way for Putin's 2014 attack. NATO leaders must now back Ukraine to prevent a further escalation in Russia's war on the post-1991 settlement.

UkraineAlert by Paul Grod

Conflict NATO Partnerships

Fri, Jun 11, 2021

When sanctions violate human rights

Do sanctions violate human rights? Castellum.AI has developed a methodology to determine whether, and how, sanctions from particular countries violate human rights, designating Russia, Pakistan, and Turkey in that order as the biggest violators.

Report by Peter Piatetsky and Julian Vasilkoski

Economic Sanctions Human Rights

Fri, Jun 11, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford discuss the G7

On June 11, 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 the value of the G7, democratic alliances, President Biden’s meetings in Europe, and great power competition with China.

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Economy & Business

Thu, Jun 10, 2021

Kroenig joins KNX 1070 to discuss Biden’s upcoming trip to Europe and Harris’ recent trip to Central America.

Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig appeared on KNX 1070 Radio to preview President Biden’s trip to Europe, where he’ll meet the Queen and Vladimir Putin; and to recap Vice President Harris’ trip to Central America and Mexico for which she received plenty of criticism from both her right and left flanks.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Europe & Eurasia Latin America