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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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TURKEYSource

Feb 22, 2024

Listen closely to Putin: His imperial ambitions could include Turkey

By Yevgeniya Gaber

The historical revisionism, imperial ambitions, and arbitrary interpretation of state borders displayed in Putin’s interview with Tucker Carlson should ring a warning bell for Ankara.

Conflict International Norms

UkraineAlert

Feb 22, 2024

Putin’s unpunished Crimean crime set the stage for Russia’s 2022 invasion

By Mercedes Sapuppo

The West's inadequate response to Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea was a major blunder that emboldened Putin and set the stage for the biggest European invasion since World War II, writes Mercedes Sapuppo.

Conflict Disinformation

EnergySource

Feb 21, 2024

Two years on, what the Russian invasion of Ukraine means for energy security and net-zero emissions

By Atlantic Council experts

Experts from the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center offer perspectives on navigating global energy security and charting a course towards a more secure and sustainable energy future two years after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

New Atlanticist

Feb 21, 2024

What I heard in Munich: Europe gets a brutal awakening

By Anna Wieslander

Fear loomed that next year, Europe would be squeezed between a fascist Russia and an undependable United States—a Europe that would be pretty much on its own.

Europe & Eurasia Germany

UkraineAlert

Feb 20, 2024

Outgunned Ukraine bets on drones as Russian invasion enters third year

By Mykola Bielieskov

As Putin's invasion passes the two-year mark, tech-savvy Ukraine is betting on drones as the best way to overcome Russia's increasingly overwhelming advantage in traditional firepower, writes Mykola Bielieskov.

Civil Society Conflict

UkraineAlert

Feb 20, 2024

Time is running out to help Ukraine and defend the West

By Victor Pinchuk

The West is potentially overwhelmingly stronger than Russia and can enable Ukraine to win. But this will require far more effort and speed, writes Victor Pinchuk.

Conflict Defense Policy

In the News

Feb 20, 2024

Braw featured in CEPA’s Europe’s Edge journal

By Elisabeth Braw

On February 20, Transatlantic Security Initiative senior fellow Elisabeth Braw was featured in CEPA’s Europe’s Edge journal discussing Alexei Navalny’s legacy.

Civil Society Russia

Inflection Points

Feb 20, 2024

Dispatch from Munich: The lessons of appeasement for US lawmakers withholding support for Ukraine

By Frederick Kempe

The lesson of Munich, then and now, is that the cost of countering a despot will only grow.

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

In the News

Feb 17, 2024

Braw quoted by The Guardian on sanctions against Russia

By Elisabeth Braw

On February 17, Transatlantic Security Initiative senior fellow Elisabeth Braw was quoted by The Guardian on sanctions against Russia.

NATO Russia

New Atlanticist

Feb 16, 2024

Russia’s democracy movement will survive the death of Navalny

By Dylan Myles-Primakoff

The strategies and messages that the late opposition leader developed for fighting the Putin regime have spread to a diverse group of Russian pro-democracy actors.

Civil Society Corruption

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