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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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Jun 24, 2024

Kyiv Pride event highlights changing attitudes in wartime Ukraine

By Aleksander Cwalina

Ukraine’s LGBTQI+ community is playing an important role in Ukraine’s ongoing European integration and defense against the Kremlin’s anti-Western crusade, writes Aleksander Cwalina.

Civil Society Conflict


Jun 21, 2024

Russia’s flagship international forum showcases Putin’s pariah status

By Edward Verona

The lack of international attendees at Russia's flagship economic forum in June highlighted Vladimir Putin's pariah status on the world stage, writes Edward Verona.

Conflict Economy & Business


Jun 20, 2024

Putin just reminded the world why Russia must lose

By Peter Dickinson

Vladimir Putin's bogus recent peace proposal was in reality a call for Ukraine's surrender that underlines his continued commitment to the destruction of the Ukrainian state, writes Peter Dickinson.

Conflict Defense Policy


Jun 20, 2024

FPV drones in Ukraine are changing modern warfare

By Tomas Milasauskas, Liudvikas Jaškūnas

First Person View (FPV) attack drones are shaping the battlefield in Ukraine and transforming our understanding of modern warfare, write Tomas Milasauskas and Liudvikas Jaškūnas.

Conflict Defense Industry

Inflection Points Today

Jun 20, 2024

The troubling significance of Putin’s Pyongyang deal

By Frederick Kempe

The Russian president was feted in North Korea this week, showing how a confederation of autocracies is emerging to support the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine and each other.

Conflict Korea

Global China

Jun 20, 2024

Global China Newsletter – Sharp words, sharper tools: Beijing hones its approach to the Global South

By Dexter Tiff Roberts

The fifth 2024 edition of the Global China Newsletter

Africa China

New Atlanticist

Jun 20, 2024

Ending the war in Ukraine requires something for everyone to hate

By Dan Reiter

To reach peace, Ukraine and its Western partners must find a way to surmount mistrust. Doing so will not be easy.

Conflict Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding


Jun 18, 2024

Ukraine’s peace summit offers solidarity but no breakthroughs

By Mercedes Sapuppo

Ukraine's hotly anticipated peace summit in Switzerland produced plenty of solidarity but did not result in any major diplomatic breakthroughs, writes Mercedes Sapuppo.

Conflict Freedom and Prosperity

New Atlanticist

Jun 18, 2024

Indirect China-Russia trade is bolstering Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine

By Joseph Webster

Trade between China and Russia has risen sharply since the beginning of Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, facilitating the Kremlin’s war effort.

China Economic Sanctions


Jun 18, 2024

Holding Putin’s propagandists accountable for crimes in Ukraine

By Kristina Hook, Anna Vyshniakova

Calls are mounting to hold Putin's propagandists accountable for their role in inciting Russian atrocities committed during the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, write Kristina Hook and Anna Vyshniakova.

Conflict Disinformation