• Independent Judiciary an ‘Antidote’ to Corruption in Ukraine

    An independent judiciary and institutional transparency are necessary to root out corruption from government and businesses in Ukraine, according to a transnational criminal lawyer.

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  • How Soft Power Works: Russian Passportization and Compatriot Policies Paved Way for Crimean Annexation and War in Donbas

    The following is an edited excerpt from Agnia Grigas’ new book, Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire. The book examines Moscow’s policies toward Russian compatriots in former Soviet republics, including Ukraine where they laid the groundwork for Crimea’s annexation and the conflict in the Donbas.

    Moscow’s policies towards its “compatriots”—loosely defined as ethnic Russians, Russian speakers, and other minorities sharing cultural, religious, or historical ties to Russia and residing abroad—were launched in the 1990s and gained momentum in the 2000s under the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In Ukraine, Moscow’s interest in the Russian minority intensified following Ukraine’s attempts to turn toward the West with the 2004 Orange Revolution. Ironically, no international human rights organizations had ever received complaints from ethnic Russians or Russian speakers living in Ukraine. Russians and Ukrainians have lived together peacefully for decades: intermarrying, speaking predominantly Russian in some regions, and often sharing the same faith.

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  • Developing a Western Energy Strategy for the Black Sea Region and Beyond

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    In Developing a Western Energy Strategy for the Black Sea Region and Beyond, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and Global Energy Center Ariel Cohen addresses the urgent need for a European policy on Black Sea energy following Russia's annexation of Crimea. Dr. Cohen, himself a native of Yalta in Crimea, draws on his wealth of experience in Russian and energy affairs to argue that NATO should boost its military presence in the area, while the EU should work to limit the overwhelming hold of Russia's state gas exporter, Gazprom, on Europe's energy sector. To reduce reliance on Gazprom, which accounts for much of the gas supplied to Southeast Europe, Cohen advocates for lifting government restriction on shale gas exploration, establishing a favorable tax regime for exploration and production of nonconventional resources, and establishing a network of gas interconnectors in the Black Sea.

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  • The Militarization of Crimea under Russian Occupation

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    In "The Militarization of Crimea under Russian Occupation," Crimean activist Andrii Klymenko explains how the Kremlin has moved to tighten its grip on Crimea as the world turns its focus toward Syria. Indeed, Russia has proven itself to be settling in for the long haul in Crimea, with mass relocations of Russian military servicemen to the peninsula spurring housing shortages and massive infrastructure projects.

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  • Top NATO General: Russians Starting to Build Air Defense Bubble Over Syria

    While Russia's stated goal in moving into Syria is to fight the Islamic State, NATO's top commander believes Russia's new presence includes the first pieces of an intricate layer of defensive systems deployed to hinder U.S. and coalition operations in the region.
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  • Polyakova on the Blockade Into Crimea

    USA Today quotes Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Associate Director Alina Polyakova on how the blockade against truck traffic into Crimea enacted by ethnic Tatars and members of a Ukrainian extremist group will affect relations between Ukraine and Russia:

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  • Russia has Closed the Air Power Gap with NATO, US General Warns

    "The alarming thing," said the commander of US Air Forces in Europe, is that the Russians are catching up. "They've closed the gap."
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  • A Rock Star, The Donald, and Former Presidents All Agree: Ukraine’s Fate Matters to World

    Kyiv is famous for its golden Septembers, clear, cool days, where the sun shines brightly on the city's many golden cupolas. The weather did not disappoint Ukrainian businessman Victor Pinchuk and the distinguished crowd at his 12th Yalta European Strategy Summit (YES) on September 10-12 in Kyiv. The summit was an impressive mix of glitz and substance. The glitz came in the form of unremarkable talks by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Israel President Shimon Peres, a video message from former US President Bill Clinton, a speech in favor of gay rights by Elton John (no songs, unfortunately) and an entertaining—and to some, over the top—Skype interview with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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  • Lviv Welcomes Crimean Tatar Community With Open Arms

    The Russian annexation of Crimea in March 2014 is widely regarded as a tragedy for Crimean Tatars. But for Adile Namazova, it was also a professional catastrophe.

    A recent university graduate with near flawless English, Namazova, 22, had been working as a language tutor before annexation. But once Crimea changed hands, travelers stopped coming, food prices shot up, and banks closed. The peninsula's tourism-dependent economy went into a tailspin. Soon Namazova's clients could no longer afford their English lessons, and she found herself out of a job.

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  • Aslund on Crimea

    War on the Rocks cites Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Resident Senior Fellow Anders Aslund on his analysis of Russian incursions into Crimea: 

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