Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Joerg Forbrig – Transatlantic fellow for Central and Eastern Europe at the German Marshall Fund of the United States
Systemically, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime is now fully based on external conflict. Previously, the Kremlin bought Russians’ political acquiescence by handing out material benefits fueled by rising revenues from energy exports. Absent similar riches now, the regime is closing ranks at home by fomenting aggression abroad, by stirring nationalist frenzy, and by declaring it …read more