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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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UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Dec 7, 2021

Biden warns Putin of high costs if Russia launches new Ukraine invasion

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

US President Joe Biden has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that America and its European allies will impose a range of tough new sanctions if Moscow proceeds with its threatened invasion of Ukraine.

Conflict Economic Sanctions

In the News

Dec 7, 2021

Vershbow joins CNN’s Christiane Amanpour to discuss the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine

In the News

Atlantic Council Distinguished Fellow, Amb. Alexander Vershbow, and Andrey Kortunov say an invasion wouldn't lead to a 'happy scenario' for President Putin.

Russia Ukraine

UkraineAlert by T. X. Hammes

Dec 6, 2021

Guerrilla tactics offer Ukraine’s best chance against Putin’s invasion force

UkraineAlert by T. X. Hammes

As Ukraine faces the prospect of a possible major escalation in the country's seven-year undeclared war with Russia, Kyiv's best chance of countering the Kremlin invasion force may be via the use of guerrilla tactics.

Conflict Defense Technologies

In the News by Atlantic Council

Dec 6, 2021

Davidzon in the Wall Street Journal: Ukraine Needs Help. After Trump, Do Democrats Still Care?

In the News by Atlantic Council

Crisis Management Politics & Diplomacy

UkraineAlert by Oleksandr Yermakov, Olena Halushka

Dec 4, 2021

How anti-reform messages are replacing pro-Russian rhetoric on Ukrainian TV

UkraineAlert by Oleksandr Yermakov, Olena Halushka

With openly pro-Russian propaganda no longer effective in today's Ukraine, the country's remaining Kremlin supporters are now focusing their efforts on promoting anti-Western narratives in the Ukrainian media.

Civil Society Conflict

UkraineAlert by Oleksii Reznikov

Dec 3, 2021

Europe’s future will be decided in Ukraine

UkraineAlert by Oleksii Reznikov

The international community must urgently demonstrate its resolve to punish Russia in order to deter a full-scale invasion of Ukraine that would plunge Europe into chaos, warns Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov.

Conflict Economic Sanctions

UkraineAlert by Denis MacShane

Dec 2, 2021

Russian threat should revive Ukraine’s stalled domestic reform efforts

UkraineAlert by Denis MacShane

The threat of a major escalation in Russian aggression should help revive Ukraine's stalled domestic reform efforts and push the country towards the transformation that Ukrainians have been demanding for decades.

Civil Society Conflict

UkraineAlert by Paul Grod

Dec 2, 2021

Time to stop appeasing Putin and confront Russia’s imperial ambitions

UkraineAlert by Paul Grod

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he will continue pursuing policies of imperial aggression against Ukraine until he is decisively confronted, argues Ukrainian World Congress President Paul Grod.

Belarus Conflict

In the News by Atlantic Council

Dec 1, 2021

Klain in The Hill: Putin’s Russia is all we feared it would be

In the News by Atlantic Council

“For years, experts have warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken his country from the nascent democracy that emerged in 1991 at the end of the Soviet Union to a revanchist, revisionist power seeking to aggressively reassert the Kremlin’s primacy — both in the world and at home in Russia. Individual flashpoints over the […]

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Press Release

Dec 1, 2021

Atlantic Council announces multi-year partnership on Black Sea security with the Romanian National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

Press Release

The Atlantic Council will partner with the Romanian National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) on a major four-year body of work focused on the Black Sea region, which will familiarize the policy community with the complexities of this strategically important area for NATO and advance recommendations for transatlantic strategists.

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