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      Russia is not strong. And Putin is even weaker.
      Jun08

      Russia is not strong. And Putin is even weaker.

      Sergey Aleksashenko wants everyone to stop calling Russia weak. He contends that Russia is actually stronger than many people believe —to include U.S. President Barack Obama and British military historian Lawrence Freedman among other prominent voices. But Russia is weak and Russian President Vladimir Putin is even weaker. Aleksashenko...

      Humiliation as a Tool of Blackmail
      Jun04

      Humiliation as a Tool of Blackmail

      Editor’s Note: This article was originally published at The American Interest. Russia today is a country trying to retain its great power status not by dint of success or dynamism or progress, but by cultivating a sense of grievance and resentment. Perhaps the most ominous expression of this Russian “humiliation syndrome” is to be found in...

      Stumbling towards conflict with Russia?
      Jun03

      Stumbling towards conflict with Russia?

      When Rip Van Winkle fell into a deep sleep and awoke 20 years later, he found that his world had changed almost beyond recognition. But, were today’s Rip Van Winkle to sleep for no more than a year and a half, he would awake to a radically different Russian-American relationship—and not just different, but dangerous to the point where...

      Stop calling Russia weak
      May29

      Stop calling Russia weak

      Perhaps ironically, it became more popular to call Russia weak in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. President Obama said it, the leaders of Belarus and Kazakhstan supposedly said it, and European military experts said it, among others. In their Foreign Affairs article last month entitled “Paper Tiger Putin,” Brandon Valeriano and Ryan C....

      Brookings hosts Vice President Joe Biden for remarks on the Russia-Ukraine conflict
      May27

      Brookings hosts Vice President Joe Biden for remarks on the Russia-Ukraine conflict

      Event Information May 27, 2015 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM EDTOnline Only Live Webcast Video of this event will be posted here shortly. Sparked by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the current toxic state of Russia-Ukraine relations has been at the forefront of foreign policy...

      LIVE WEBCAST – Brookings hosts Vice President Joe Biden for remarks on the Russia-Ukraine conflict
      May27

      LIVE WEBCAST – Brookings hosts Vice President Joe Biden for remarks on the Russia-Ukraine conflict

      Event Information May 27, 2015 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM EDTOnline Only Live Webcast Sparked by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the current toxic state of Russia-Ukraine relations has been at the forefront of foreign policy discussions. On May 27, Brookings will host Vice...

      ONLINE ONLY – Brookings hosts Vice President Joe Biden for remarks on the Russia-Ukraine conflict
      May27

      ONLINE ONLY – Brookings hosts Vice President Joe Biden for remarks on the Russia-Ukraine conflict

      Event Information May 27, 2015 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM EDTOnline Only Live Webcast Sparked by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the current toxic state of Russia-Ukraine relations has been at the forefront of foreign policy discussions. On May 27, Brookings will host Vice...

      Chrystia Freeland on Ukraine’s struggle for independence
      May22

      Chrystia Freeland on Ukraine’s struggle for independence

      “What is happening in Ukraine is a tremendous threat to Putin’s Russia precisely because of the kinship that Russians feel with Ukraine,” says Chrystia Freeland in this podcast. Freeland, a Member of Parliament in Canada and also a journalist and author, talks about her own family’s connection to Ukraine, why the Russian propaganda...

      10 maps that explain Ukraine’s struggle for independence
      May21

      10 maps that explain Ukraine’s struggle for independence

      Since the fall of the USSR, Ukraine has been struggling to build an independent and democratic nation. Chrystia Freeland explains this struggle in the latest Brookings Essay, “My Ukraine: A personal reflection on a nation’s dream of independence and the nightmare Vladimir Putin has visited upon it.” Here are 10 maps from her essay that...

      The ruble currency storm is over, but is the Russian economy ready for the next one?
      May18

      The ruble currency storm is over, but is the Russian economy ready for the next one?

      Recent data show the Russian economy contracted 1.9 percent in the first quarter of 2015. In this article, Sergey Aleksashenko delves into the events that led to the downturn, and what we can expect for the rest of 2015. When the Russian ruble collapsed in mid-December last year, losing one-third of its value in three weeks, some experts...