Europe in crisis
War in Ukraine
In February 2022, Moscow launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine after a months-long military build-up, threatening the country’s sovereignty and its future. This existential moment for the country follows the 2014 Maidan revolution, a nexus for Ukraine’s Europe-focused foreign policy and reform efforts. The ensuing Russian invasion and occupation of Crimea, aggression in Ukraine’s east, and Kremlin disinformation efforts, cast a shadow over Ukraine’s independence.
UkraineAlert Oct 7, 2022
Vladimir Putin has little reason to celebrate on his seventieth birthday
Vladimir Putin marks his seventieth birthday on October 7 but the Russian ruler has little reason to celebrate as his disastrous Ukraine invasion continues to unravel leaving Russia increasingly internationally isolated.
UkraineAlert Oct 3, 2022
Is Russia preparing to target vital Norwegian energy exports to Europe?
By Thomas S. Warrick
Recent drone activity close to Norwegian energy infrastructure has sparked calls for urgent security measures to prevent potential Russian sabotage of vital oil and gas exports to Europe in the coming months.
UkraineAlert Sep 30, 2022
Putin denounces imperialism while annexing large swathes of Ukraine
By Peter Dickinson
Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially annexed four regions of Ukraine while denouncing Western imperialism and proclaiming Russia as the leader of a global “anti-colonialism movement.”
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Russia in the world
Russia is becoming increasingly isolated from the Western world, especially following its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022. What can the United States and its allies do now in response? Many experts now fear a burgeoning China-Russia partnership, but are those fears justified?
Report Feb 8, 2022
Global Strategy 2022: Thwarting Kremlin aggression today for constructive relations tomorrow
By John E. Herbst, Anders Åslund, David J. Kramer, Alexander Vershbow, and Brian Whitmore
How can the United States and its partners counter the Kremlin’s aggressive policies abroad while laying the groundwork for what could one day be a mutually beneficial relationship with a Russia that respects the rule of law and international norms?
Report Dec 21, 2021
Axis of collusion: The fragile Putin-Xi partnership
By Harley Balzer
The close relationship between the leaders of Russia and China drives what many think is a developing Sino-Russian alliance, but tensions over deep issues remain. Just how close are these great powers?
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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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