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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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The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.



Jun 15, 2024

The view from Kyiv: Why Ukrainian NATO membership is in US interests

By Alyona Getmanchuk

US President Joe Biden recently voiced his skepticism over Ukrainian NATO membership, but enabling Ukraine to join the alliance would be in American interests, writes Alyona Getmanchuk.

Conflict Defense Policy

Experts react

Jun 13, 2024

Experts react: Ukraine gets $50 billion from Russian assets and a US security deal at the G7 summit

By Atlantic Council experts

Our experts dig into the agreements reached at the G7 summit and how they might reshape Ukraine’s war against Russian aggression.

Conflict Crisis Management

In the News

Jun 13, 2024

Donovan quoted by Bloomberg on G7 Ukraine bond plan backed by immobilized Russian assets

Read the full article here.

Economic Sanctions International Financial Institutions

In the News

Jun 13, 2024

Russia Sanctions Database cited by Newsweek on Russian SWIFT transactions

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Economic Sanctions Russia


Jun 13, 2024

Ukraine officially embraces English as historic westward pivot continues

By Oleksiy Goncharenko

By officially embracing English, Ukrainians aim to support their country’s historic pivot away from Moscow and return to the European community of nations, writes Oleksiy Goncharenko.

Civil Society Conflict


Jun 12, 2024

Ukraine is making the Russian occupation of Crimea untenable

By Olivia Yanchik

Ukraine's growing air strike capabilities are decimating Russian air defenses in Crimea and making the occupation of the peninsula increasingly untenable, writes Olivia Yanchik.

Conflict Defense Technologies

Inflection Points

Jun 12, 2024

A Putin summer surprise for NATO? Worries are growing.

By Frederick Kempe

The Russian president likely wants to undercut NATO’s upcoming summit in Washington. The Alliance should ready a surprise of its own.

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

New Atlanticist

Jun 11, 2024

What to know about the upcoming Swiss Summit on Peace in Ukraine

By Shelby Magid

Russia will not be present, but there are two big reasons to watch what happens at the June 15-16 summit in Switzerland.

Conflict Europe & Eurasia


Jun 11, 2024

Victory in Ukraine would dramatically strengthen Putin’s war machine

By Peter Dickinson

Victory in Ukraine would greatly strengthen Russia militarily, economically, and strategically, while severely weakening the West. Faced with such uniquely favorable circumstances, it is fanciful to suggest a triumphant Putin would simply stop, writes Peter Dickinson.

Conflict Defense Industry


Jun 11, 2024

State of the Order: In May, the democratic world order continued to weaken. This is why.

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Africa Economy & Business