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The Power Vertical

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.

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New Atlanticist

Feb 23, 2024

Russia’s blocked assets: A ‘non-collateral collateral’ plan could be the way forward

By Charles Lichfield

Instead of seizing Russia’s immobilized sovereign assets outright, G7 members seem instead to be aligning around “unlocking their value.”

Conflict Economy & Business

UkraineAlert

Feb 23, 2024

Making Russia pay for the invasion of Ukraine

By Paul Grod

Using frozen Russian assets to fund Ukraine's resistance and recovery is morally justified and would also ease the financial burden on Western economies, writes Paul Grod.

Conflict Economic Sanctions

New Atlanticist

Feb 23, 2024

The toll on Russia from its war in Ukraine, by the numbers

By Atlantic Council experts

Our experts quantify the staggering self-inflicted wounds Russia has suffered since Putin launched the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Conflict Economic Sanctions

Econographics

Feb 22, 2024

Chinese exports have replaced the EU as the lifeline of Russia’s economy

By Niels Graham

Two years after the initial invasion, Russia’s imports have stabilized. New industrial and consumer exports from from China have replaced trade from the US, EU, and G7.

China Economic Sanctions

UkraineAlert

Feb 22, 2024

Ukrainian long-range drones target Putin’s war machine inside Russia

By Victoria Vdovychenko, Alexander Khara

Ukraine is hoping a new campaign of long-range drone strikes against Russia's strategically vital oil and gas industry can help weaken Putin's war machine, write Victoria Vdovychenko and Alexander Khara.

Conflict Defense Technologies

In the News

Feb 22, 2024

Katz in EconPol Forum: The Geopolitical (In)Significance of BRICS Enlargement

By Atlantic Council

Brazil China

In the News

Feb 22, 2024

Katz in The Russia Program: What Underlies Moscow’s Good Relations with the US’s Middle East Partners in the Ukraine War Era?

By Atlantic Council

Arms Control Iran

In the News

Feb 22, 2024

Pfaff quoted in Politico on defensive posturing in the war in Ukraine

By Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Policy

In the News

Feb 22, 2024

Wechsler quoted in Al Jazeera on Trump suggesting he would encourage Russian invasion of US allies

By Atlantic Council

Eastern Europe Europe & Eurasia

New Atlanticist

Feb 22, 2024

Forging a positive vision of economic statecraft

By Daleep Singh

The United States must institutionalize how it uses economic tools in the context of today's great power competition.

China Economic Sanctions

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