Eurasia

  • Why the Kremlin Fears Savchenko

    When Timothy Snyder, professor of central European history at Yale and vocal supporter of the Euromaidan movement, was asked why he has chosen to become such a strong defender of Ukraine, his response was “I don’t like when there is too much lying.” That is an excellent reason. Judging by Nadiya Savchenko's gesture to the Russian court that put her on trial (she gave the middle finger to her judges), she too has a limit as too how much absurdity she can take.

    Savchenko is a Ukrainian pilot who made history in 2009 by becoming the first woman to graduate from Ukraine’s prestigious military aviation school in Kharkiv. When Russia attacked her country, like many Ukrainians, she joined a volunteer battalion. After being captured by separatists in the Donbas on June 17, 2014, she showed up in a Russian jail and has been there ever since.

    Russia accuses her of directing artillery fire that resulted in the death of two Russian journalists. This “trial” an obvious sham; Savchenko was captured at least an hour before the journalists were killed. She was simply doing her job defending Ukraine from a Russian-sponsored insurrection. Now she is being tried as a criminal in a country that claims it isn’t at war.

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  • Shaffer on Geopolitics and Oil

    Knowledge@Wharton interviews Global Energy Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Brenda Shaffer on how geopolitical developments are affecting the global oil market:

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  • Tanchum on TAPI Pipeline

    Trend quotes Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative Nonresident Senior Fellow Micha'el Tanchum on the benefits of the completion of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline project:

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  • Melinda Haring

    Melinda Haring

    Editor, UkraineAlert

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    Recent Activity

    • March 14, 2019
      Eighteen-year-old Tetiana Tsunik, who grew up in a tiny village in eastern Ukraine, won a full ride to the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, a well-regarded prep school. There she’s taking two Advanced Placement courses plus six others. She’s part
    • March 05, 2019
      Exactly five years ago, the country’s most important independent crisis communications center was set up in Kyiv in less than forty-eight hours. It started with a text message and a series of phone calls.
    • February 28, 2019
      On February 25, investigative journalists accused President Petro Poroshenko’s close associates of getting rich by smuggling spare parts for military equipment from Russia. The Bihus.Info report claims that the son of Oleh Hladkovskiy, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense
    • February 08, 2019
      Ulana Suprun just wants to get back to work turning around Ukraine’s feeble healthcare system. But she can’t focus on reforms now: the fifty-six-year-old radiologist turned health minister of Ukraine is under attack. Worst of all, she’s not sure who
    • February 06, 2019
      Less than two months before Ukraine’s presidential election, two independent-minded officials are being forced out. On February 5, Kyiv’s Regional Administrative Court ruled to suspend Detroit born physician Ulana Suprun's authority to make any decisions or sign any documents as
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    Melinda Haring is the editor of the UkraineAlert blog, which is the Atlantic Council’s most popular publication. Haring is a longtime observer of political developments in the Eurasia region, and her analysis has been featured in The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign PolicyNewsweek, Novoe VremyaThe American Interest, Kyiv Post, PRI, and broadcast and published by NPR, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Voice of AmericaShe is the author of the report Reforming the Democracy Bureaucracy, coauthor of Ukraine’s Internally Displaced Persons Hold a Key to Peace (Atlantic Council, 2017), and a contributor to Does Democracy Matter? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)Haring has worked for Eurasia Foundation, Freedom House, and the National Democratic Institute, where she managed democracy assistance programs in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Russia. A graduate of Georgetown University, she holds an MA in Government with a certificate in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Haring is the vice chair of the board of East Europe Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine, and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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  • No War, No Peace—But Always a Place at the Table for Russia

    Russia's track record in the long-simmering conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is consistent with Russian efforts in Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine, and Russian President Vladimir Putin's calls for a Novorossiya: No war, no peace—but always a place at the table for Russia.
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  • General Wesley Clark: Exclusive Briefing from Ukraine’s Front Lines

    Russian-backed separatists are planning a fresh offensive in eastern Ukraine that could come within a matter of months, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, warned at an Altantic Council forum on March 30, 2015.

    "What is happening now is preparations for a renewed offensive from the east," and this could take place following Orthodox Easter, on April 12, and "most probably" before VE Day on May 8, Clark said, citing multiple local sources he spoke with on a recent fact-finding mission to Ukraine.

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  • Preserving Ukraine's Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do

    The Kremlin is waging a hybrid war in Ukraine's east. Initially covert, Moscow's intervention became increasingly open when it sent in regular army units in August. Since the Minsk ceasefire, signed in September, Kremlin-supported separatists seized 500 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory. The ceasefire was an illusion. Despite the agreement, Russia continued to send hundreds of tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles, and artillery into Ukraine. A significant numbers of Russian soldiers are now in the country, with more amassed on the border. Today, Kremlin's surrogates in Ukraine are increasing the military offensive into Ukraine's southeast.

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  • Turkey Votes Whether to Give Erdoğan the Keys to the Constitution

    A Prime Minister Aims to Become President, and Then Concentrate Power in His New Job


    ISTANBUL -- Turkey’s voters are likely this month to elect Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to a new job as the country's president, putting him on a path to re-write the constitution and forge a more centralized, presidential government.

    After eleven years as prime minister, Erdoğan is barred from running for re-election next year by a three-term limit enforced by the rules of his Justice and Democracy Party (AKP). His switch to the presidency is likely to continue, and perhaps accelerate, an erosion in Turkish democracy, several analysts say. That puts at risk Turkey’s role of recent years as a model of stability and democratization in the Middle East and the Eurasian region.

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  • Ukrainian National Security Council Official on Russia’s Disinformation War

    Kyiv Battles Kremlin Myths, Siumar Says; Is Not Considering Martial Law

    As Ukraine and its government battle Russian-backed secessionist militias in its two southeastern provinces, it also confronts public fears and suspicions among many of the 6.6 million people there (14 percent of Ukraine’s population). That is largely because Russia has had a free hand for twenty years in molding popular opinions among millions Ukrainians – notably those who are native Russian-speakers, says Viktoria Siumar, the deputy secretary of Ukraine’s National Security Council.

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  • Webcast: American Energy Prowess in a Strategic Foreign Policy Perspective

    Please join us for the first day of the American Energy Prowess in a Strategic Foreign Policy Perspective conference on Monday, April 28 at 12:30 p.m..The aim of the conference is to discuss and debate the strategic foreign policy aspects of the American shale gas revolution and its effect on the transatlantic relationship and the Central and Eastern European region. The Ukraine crisis has brought European energy security back into the forefront. The conference will bring together leaders from the US government, Central and Eastern Europe, and the energy industry to determine ways to strengthen European energy security and the transatlantic alliance through reinforced energy ties.
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