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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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Inflection Points Today

May 18, 2024

‘There are Evans everywhere’

By Frederick Kempe

The long-sought release of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich from Russia’s dreaded Lefortovo Prison matters “on a macro level.”

Corruption Human Rights

Global China

May 17, 2024

Global China Newsletter – A flurry of leader-level diplomacy

By Dexter Tiff Roberts

The fourth 2024 edition of the Global China Newsletter

China Eastern Europe

New Atlanticist

May 16, 2024

The US is banning the import of Russian nuclear fuel. Here’s why that matters.

By Jennifer T. Gordon

The US Congress has taken a crucial step in moving away from dependence on Russian nuclear fuel, but more action is needed.

Energy & Environment Nuclear Energy

New Atlanticist

May 16, 2024

Experts react: What will Putin and Xi’s ‘new era’ of cooperation mean for the world?

By Atlantic Council experts

The Russian president and the Chinese leader just met in Beijing to celebrate their increasing cooperation to create a new global order.

China Economy & Business


May 16, 2024

Anger and defiance in Kharkiv as advancing Russian troops draw closer

By Maria Avdeeva

The mood in Kharkiv is a mix of anger, anxiety, and defiance as Ukraine's second city prepares to defend itself against a new Russian offensive, writes Maria Avdeeva.

Conflict Drones


May 15, 2024

Georgia’s government uses Kremlin playbook to consolidate grip on power

By Lucy Minicozzi-Wheeland

The Georgian government's efforts to adopt a Kremlin-style law imposing restrictions on civil society has sparked huge protests and led to questions over the country's future geopolitical direction, writes Lucy Minicozzi-Wheeland.

Civil Society Democratic Transitions

In the News

May 15, 2024

Donovan and Nikoladze quoted by the Financial Times on the effect of sanctions on Russia-China trade relationship

Read the full article here.

China Economic Sanctions


May 14, 2024

Russia’s growing kamikaze drone fleet tests Ukraine’s limited air defenses

By Marcel Plichta

Russia's expanding fleet of kamikaze drones poses an evolving security threat to Ukraine that tests the country's limited air defense capabilities, writes Marcel Plichta.

Conflict Defense Industry


May 14, 2024

Putin appoints economist as defense minister as Russia plans for long war

By Mercedes Sapuppo

The appointment of a technocrat economist as Russia's new Defense Minister is a clear sign that Putin preparing the country for a long war with Ukraine and the West, writes Mercedes Sapuppo.

Conflict Defense Industry


May 14, 2024

Putin expands invasion as outgunned Ukraine waits for Western weapons

By Mykola Bielieskov

Russia has opened a new front in the invasion of Ukraine with a cross-border offensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region as Putin seeks to capitalize on a window of opportunity before fresh Western aid reaches Ukrainian front line troops, writes Mykola Bielieskov.

Conflict Drones