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Mon, Oct 5, 2020

Lubyanka federation: How the FSB determines the politics and economics of Russia

The FSB is one of Russia’s most closed government agencies, its work cloaked in secrecy. This report lifts the veil on how the organization works.

Report by The Dossier Center

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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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Belarus Police Brutality

Mon, Oct 19, 2020

Belarus Interior Ministry exaggerates protester violence to justify excessive force

Two months after the contested presidential election, law enforcement has returned to using disproportionate violence against protesters.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Disinformation
False Religious Conflict in Belarus

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Kremlin creates illusion of a religious clash between Belarus Orthodox and Catholics

Open source evidence shows overall solidarity among religious groups in Belarus despite Kremlin attempt to foment conflict between Orthodox and Catholics.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Disinformation

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Kroenig: H.R. McMaster’s book shows that the United States must know its enemies and itself

On October 15, the National Review published a review of General H.R. McMaster’s new book Battlegounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World. Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig discusses the book’s primary contention, that US foreign policy has too often fallen into “strategic narcissism.” A better foreign policy would begin with “strategic empathy,” or […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Ramp up on Russia

NATO needs to increase the costs for Russian aggression while building back crucial dialogue if there is any prospect for improved relations with Moscow.

NATO 20/2020 by Alexander Vershbow

Arms Control Defense Policy

Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Threaten decisive nuclear retaliation

NATO should thwart Russian use of nuclear weapons by threatening certain retaliation.

NATO 20/2020 by David Gompert and Hans Binnendijk

Arms Control Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Oct 14, 2020

End the Russian veto on Georgian accession

Admitting Georgia to NATO without extending an Article 5 guarantee to Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali Region can fulfil the promise of the Bucharest Summit.

NATO 20/2020 by Luke Coffey and Alexis Mrachek

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Tue, Oct 13, 2020

Putin’s pipeline is a strategic weapon. It must be stopped

As the struggle over the Kremlin's Nord Stream 2 pipeline continues, a group of Ukrainian MPs has issued a joint letter highlighting the international security threat posed by the strategic energy project.

UkraineAlert by Members of the Ukrainian parliament

European Union Geopolitics & Energy Security

Tue, Oct 13, 2020

Fishman in the Washington Post: No, Trump has not been ‘tough’ on Russia

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Russia

Tue, Oct 13, 2020

Kroenig: US foreign policy should focus on revitalizing a rules-based system

On October 13, Foreign Affairs published a Q&A with experts on whether great-power competition should be the central organizing principle of US foreign policy. Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig argues the United States should focus on revitalizing and adapting a rules-based international system. Defending that system from great-power competitors should be part of a […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Oct 12, 2020

Russo-Ukrainian War: Time for Zelenskyy to turn from populism to pragmatism

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy won election last year with populist promises of peace with Russia, but the realities of ongoing Kremlin aggression mean a more pragmatic approach is now necessary.

UkraineAlert by Taras Kuzio

Conflict Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding