Eurasia

  • A Threat to National Security

    “People in Russia Prefer not to talk about Kadyrov,” said Ilya Yashin,Deputy Chairman People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS), at the Atlantic Council on March 24, 2016. Mr. Yashin is seeking to break that taboo with his new report, “A Threat to National Security.” The report paints a terrifying portrait of the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and his totalitarian control of the small Caucasus region.

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  • Ukraine and Turkey’s Newly Strengthened Relationship

    Turkey and Ukraine, including Crimea, control 71 percent of the Black Sea coast between the two of them. With Ukraine to the north and Turkey directly to the south, the two nations have long been collegial when working together on regional problems, but their reasonably friendly relationship has generally been subordinated to more pressing issues. Now, Russia’s actions in Crimea, the Donbas, and more recently in Syria have given a greater urgency to the development of the Ukrainian-Turkish relationship.

    For many of the past fifteen years—the duration of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's tenure—the country has focused most of its diplomatic and trade energies on two key areas. First, as the successor state to last Islamic caliphate, Erdogan's Turkey has taken upon itself the mantle of leadership in the Middle East. Second, Turkey has continued to pursue its dreams of European integration. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s foreign policy interests were focused on balancing its European aspirations against its much deeper and more demanding ties with Russia.

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  • Confronting Far-Right Extremism in Europe

    The Atlantic Council hosted a discussion on the rise and threat of far-right populism in Europe, featuring the release of a new policy brief on the topic, What’s Left of Europe If the Far Right Has Its Way? by Alina Polyakova and Anton Shekhovtsov.

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  • REPORT LAUNCH: Securing Ukraine’s Energy Sector

    On April 4, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative launched a report, Securing Ukraine’s Energy Sector, authored by Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center’s Resident Senior Fellow, Anders Åslund.

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  • Russian Court Finds Ukraine’s Defiant Pilot Savchenko Guilty

    Nothing in the Nadiya Savchenko case has been easy or fast. The famed Ukrainian pilot whom Russia has charged with complicity in the deaths of two Russian journalists can’t even get a quick verdict at the end of a trial that has lasted nine months.

    On March 22, the court found Savchenko guilty of all charges and sentenced her to twenty-two years in prison.

    The verdict was a foregone conclusion. The prosecution had asked for a twenty-three year sentence and there was little doubt that she would be given any leniency. But even for this she had to wait two days. The first day of the reading of the verdict began on March 21 and lasted nearly eight hours.

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  • Can Minsk Deliver a Sustainable Peace?

    Is the Minsk process salvageable?

    Twelve experts gathered at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, on March 17 to debate whether the Minsk ceasefire can deliver a sustainable peace in Ukraine. The war in Ukraine has claimed over 10,000 lives and displaced more than 1.6 million people.

    The Minsk accords, signed in 2014 and 2015, have remained the guiding principles for the peace process in eastern Ukraine. According to the Minsk agreements, Ukraine must hold elections in the Donbas in line with international standards and include a constitutional provision for special status for the so-called “People’s Republics.”

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  • Event Recap: Can Minsk Deliver a Sustainable Peace?

    Is the Minsk process salvageable?

    Twelve experts gathered at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, on March 17 to debate whether the Minsk ceasefire can deliver a sustainable peace in Ukraine. The war in Ukraine has claimed over 10,000 lives and displaced more than 1.6 million people.

    The Minsk accords, signed in 2014 and 2015, have remained the guiding principles for the peace process in eastern Ukraine. According to the Minsk agreements, Ukraine must hold elections in the Donbas in line with international standards and include a constitutional provision for special status for the so-called “People’s Republics.”

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  • Fighting Back: New Bill Aims to Counter Russian Disinformation

    Russia’s attempts to win over hearts and minds in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, and beyond are succeeding—in large part because of the United States’ disengagement in the information arena, say experts. In response, Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced a bill on March 16 that would significantly beef up the United States’ counter-propaganda efforts.

    “The United States is not doing enough to counter a destabilizing disinformation campaign—an extremely sophisticated effort to control information, often at the expense of US allies,” said Portman, speaking at an Atlantic Council event on March 16. “We believe this legislation overcomes some of the barriers and marks the first step to countering disinformation.”

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  • Counter-Disinformation Bill with Senators Rob Portman and Chris Murphy

    Russia’s attempts to win over hearts and minds in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, and beyond are succeeding—in large part because of the United States’ disengagement in the information arena, say experts. In response, Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced a bill on March 16 that would significantly beef up the United States’ counter-propaganda efforts.

    “The United States is not doing enough to counter a destabilizing disinformation campaign—an extremely sophisticated effort to control information, often at the expense of US allies,” said Portman, speaking at an Atlantic Council event on March 16. “We believe this legislation overcomes some of the barriers and marks the first step to countering disinformation.”

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  • TTIP&TRADEinAction - March 17, 2016

    Malmstrom Froman War Room
    Photo Credit: @MalmstromEU
    EC Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative Michael Froman held a meeting in Washington, DC this last week with lead negotiators Dan Mullaney and Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Michael Punk, Ambassador David O'Sullivan and others to gauge the current status of negotiations and the way ahead.
     

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    From March 17-19, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and  Deputy United States Trade Representative Michael Punke will travel to Belgium for the German Marshall Fund’s 2016 Brussels Forum. A meeting between EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and Ambassador Froman is scheduled for Friday, April 18. (Office of the United States Trade Representative)

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