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Section: Brookings (USA)

      The Renzi-Obama summit
      Apr22

      The Renzi-Obama summit

      Last Friday’s summit between Italy and the United States was an occasion for American President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to discuss issues of mutual concerns, particularly Russia and Libya, and consolidate the personal bond they laid the ground for during their first meeting in Rome last year. The United States...

      Russia needs a Middle East crisis: Will delivering S-300s to Iran help?
      Apr22

      Russia needs a Middle East crisis: Will delivering S-300s to Iran help?

      Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision on lifting the ban on delivering to Iran the S-300 surface-to-air missiles took many experts by surprise, but U.S. President Barack Obama noted with perfect indifference that for him the only surprise was “that it held this long.” In fact, Putin’s timing was impeccable, since nobody could...

      The West, multipolarity, and the liberal order
      Apr11

      The West, multipolarity, and the liberal order

      The liberal order—the system designed to ensure international security that has as its pillars the United Nations, multilateral security treaties, NATO, and European integration—is strongly dependent on Western and in particular U.S. power. With new, non-Western powers rising or resurgent, and the West (especially Europe) in apparent decline, it...

      The Russian economy in 2050: Heading for labor-based stagnation
      Apr02

      The Russian economy in 2050: Heading for labor-based stagnation

      Since the beginning of the 1990s, Russia has been suffering from a negative demographic trend. Despite active immigration—more than 9 million people arrived in Russia between 1990 and 2014—the population declined by 3.7 million (Chart 1). [1] Though many developed countries face a similar challenge, there are a number of specific behind the trend...

      Apocalypse a bit later: The meaning of Putin’s nuclear threats
      Apr01

      Apocalypse a bit later: The meaning of Putin’s nuclear threats

      The words that Russian President Vladimir Putin chose for describing the nuclear angle of the special operation for seizing and annexing Crimea in March 2014, might appear so odd that it is well-nigh impossible to make sense of them. “Yes, we were ready,” he said to the question about whether the option of putting strategic forces on high alert...

      Of oligarchs and corruption: Ukraine faces its own demons
      Mar25

      Of oligarchs and corruption: Ukraine faces its own demons

      While combat continues in Eastern Ukraine, a perhaps more important battle for the soul of Ukraine is playing out in the political corridors and the corporate boardrooms of Kyiv. Since independence, Ukraine has struggled continuously to break the iron triangle of oligarchic rule, corruption, and financial instability that has left Ukraine mired...

      A nation on the brink: Ukraine faces its own demons
      Mar24

      A nation on the brink: Ukraine faces its own demons

      While combat continues in Eastern Ukraine, a perhaps more important battle for the soul of Ukraine is playing out in the political corridors and the corporate boardrooms of Kyiv. Since independence, Ukraine has struggled continuously to break the iron triangle of oligarchic rule, corruption, and financial instability that has left Ukraine mired...

      The Mariupol line: Russia’s land bridge to Crimea
      Mar19

      The Mariupol line: Russia’s land bridge to Crimea

      While the Minsk II ceasefire has not yet taken full hold, observance has improved since the first week after the ceasefire began, when separatist and Russian forces occupied Debaltseve in Eastern Ukraine. The question now: will the ceasefire be fully implemented? It appears fragile at best. What happens at Mariupol has become a bellwether....

      Kiev, not Moscow, should be the choice for marking V-E Day
      Mar19

      Kiev, not Moscow, should be the choice for marking V-E Day

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron have rightly turned down Vladimir Putin’s invitation to go to Moscow on May 9 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allies’ victory in Europe, and President Obama may soon follow suit. However, there is still a way for Western leaders to attend a commemoration that...

      Concerns about Russia’s nuclear weapons modernization are overblown
      Mar18

      Concerns about Russia’s nuclear weapons modernization are overblown

      As the Ukraine-Russia crisis deepened and West-Russia relations plunged to their lowest point since the Cold War, Moscow has rattled its nuclear saber. Russian strategic rocket forces have conducted an increased number of exercises, Bear bombers have probed the air defenses of NATO members, and Vladimir Putin has engaged in nuclear...