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      Brookings President John R. Allen on Russia, Ukraine, China, and leading the Institution forward
      Mar28

      Brookings President John R. Allen on Russia, Ukraine, China, and leading the Institution forward

      By John R. Allen, Fred DewsIn this final episode of the Brookings Cafeteria podcast, John R. Allen, president of the Brookings Institution, offers his views on Russia’s war on Ukraine—including the February 4 joint statement between Russia and China; on China’s continued ambitions for global leadership; and on the role of the...

      How is US, NATO diplomacy addressing Russian troop buildup?
      Mar28

      How is US, NATO diplomacy addressing Russian troop buildup?

      By Angela Stent, Adrianna PitaTensions in the Russia-Ukraine conflict are escalating as Russia and Belarus engage in several days of military exercises, while U.S. and NATO allies continue a flurry of high-level diplomatic activity. Angela Stent evaluates the recent efforts to de-escalate the present crisis and Putin’s willingness to play...

      Planning a trip to Paris, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy has much to gain
      Feb11

      Planning a trip to Paris, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy has much to gain

      By Steven PiferPresident Volodymyr Zelenskiy reportedly will soon travel to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. That is a trip very much worth making. After German Chancellor Angela Merkel steps down this fall, Zelenskiy may find himself more dependent on Macron, both in the Normandy format and for leadership in the European...

      Nord Stream 2: Background, objections, and possible outcomes
      Feb11

      Nord Stream 2: Background, objections, and possible outcomes

      By Steven PiferExecutive Summary Nord Stream 2 is an almost-finished natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. The Biden administration opposes it and has come under congressional pressure to invoke sanctions to prevent its completion, in large part because the pipeline seems a geopolitical project targeted at Ukraine. The German government,...

      EU support for Russian democracy is inadequate
      Feb09

      EU support for Russian democracy is inadequate

      By Constanze Stelzenmüller“A very complicated visit,” was the verdict of the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on his trip to Moscow last week to protest at the jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. In a statement published on Sunday, he added: “An aggressively-staged press conference and the expulsion of three EU...

      The Biden Presidency and Ukraine
      Jan28

      The Biden Presidency and Ukraine

      By Steven PiferIn a December 2020 New York Times interview, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president. Zelensky observed that Biden “knows Ukraine better than the previous president” and “will really help strengthen relations, help settle the war in Donbas, and end the occupation of our...

      The Black Sea: How America can avoid a great-power conflict
      Dec16

      The Black Sea: How America can avoid a great-power conflict

      By Philip Breedlove, Michael E. O’HanlonMany Americans find the whole swath of territory in eastern Europe, near Russia, very far away and hard to conceptualize. This part of the world involves a number of countries, small and large, that are generally not the most frequently discussed in American news nor frequented by American tourists....

      Managing US sanctions toward Russia
      Dec11

      Managing US sanctions toward Russia

      By Steven PiferSanctions will remain part of the U.S. toolkit for dealing with Russia under the incoming Biden administration. Certain principles should guide their use and could increase the chances that they will achieve U.S. policy goals: sanctions should be embedded in an overall Russia policy, linked to a specific policy goal, understood by...

      Trump’s loss not necessarily Russia’s
      Nov10

      Trump’s loss not necessarily Russia’s

      By Steven PiferIt took some time to count the ballots, but the American electorate has rendered its judgement. While there may be legal challenges and a recount or two, Joe Biden will become the 46th U.S. president next Jan. 20. This outcome will displease some in Moscow. The Russian government, in particular its security services, worked to...

      Trans-Atlantic Scorecard — October 2020
      Oct26

      Trans-Atlantic Scorecard — October 2020

      Welcome to the ninth edition of the Trans-Atlantic Scorecard, a quarterly evaluation of U.S.-European relations produced by Brookings’s Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE), as part of the Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative. To produce the Scorecard, we poll Brookings scholars and other experts on the...