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Section: Research Organizations & Think Tanks about Ukraine

    Kleptocracy Daily: September 22, 2017
    Sep23

    Kleptocracy Daily: September 22, 2017

    ​ China: A major new research paper by Anne-Marie Brady delves into Beijing’s aggressive political influence operations worldwide, using New Zealand as a particularly troubling case study. (Summary here). (Wilson Center, NZ Herald) Bannon in Beijing: Steve Bannon secretly met with Wang Qishan, China’s anti-graft chief and the...

    Kleptocracy Daily: September 21, 2017
    Sep23

    Kleptocracy Daily: September 21, 2017

    ​ Manafort: Trump’s former campaign manager reportedly offered “private briefings” to oligarch Oleg Deripaska during the campaign. Despite being under investigation,Manafort is still lobbying for foreign interests. (WaPo, NYT) Enablers: “Spray luminol across London’s major PR houses, and you’ll see similar blood spatters,”...

    Lopaskino is a conditionally Ukrainian settlement along the delimitation line
    Sep23

    Lopaskino is a conditionally Ukrainian settlement along the delimitation line

    During the pre-conflict period the village of Lopaskino belonged to Slavyanoserbsky district and was a part of Slavyanoserbsky settlement council. On October 7, 2014 the Verkhovna Rada has changed the administrative-territorial device of the Luhansk region by the resolution No. 1692-VII, having established new borders of Novoaydarsky and...

    More than javelins, Ukraine needs change
    Sep23

    More than javelins, Ukraine needs change

    I remember Ukraine as a friendlier place. But my country’s recent uptick of expelling foreigners it considers inconvenient belies a less hospitable, darker trend. The government that grew out of Ukraine’s 2014 “Revolution of Peoples’ Dignity” now has some Ukrainians reminiscing about the more tolerant, less corrupt government it...

    Russia sentences Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena for expressing the UN’s stand on Crimea
    Sep23

    Russia sentences Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena for expressing the UN’s stand on Crimea

    A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has passed a two and a half year suspended sentence on Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena for expressing his opposition to Russia’s occupation of Crimea. It was thus found that an opinion piece written by Semena contained ‘public calls to action aimed at violating Russia’s territorial...

    Prisoners of war captured defending Ukraine abandoned & in danger of fake ’trials’
    Sep23

    Prisoners of war captured defending Ukraine abandoned & in danger of fake ’trials’

    There is an urgent need for Ukraine to formally recognize the soldiers who were taken prisoner by Russian or Russian-backed fighters as prisoners of war, yet Ukraine’s parliament is procrastinating on this, and on other measures to coordinate efforts to bring the men back home …read more Source: Kharkiv Human Rights Protection...

    If Russia gets its war games wrong, Europe could be in big trouble
    Sep21

    If Russia gets its war games wrong, Europe could be in big trouble

    Tensions are running high in a region with a history of paranoia and mistrust. The rhetoric being used raises the concern of a military escalation. And now there are massive war games that will only add to the combustible situation. No, this isn’t the Korean peninsula: it’s the northeastern corner of Europe. Flying deep under the...

    The Importance of the Zapad 2017 Exercises
    Sep21

    The Importance of the Zapad 2017 Exercises

    The Zapad 2017 Russian military exercises were just one element of an extensive plan to checking its armed forces’ combat readiness. At the same time, the exercises were used to test the experience gained by the Russian army in combat operations in Ukraine and Syria, and to practise full-scale conventional conflict. The manoeuvres proved...

    Russia’s Foreign Policy of Disruption
    Sep21

    Russia’s Foreign Policy of Disruption

    By Jacob L. Shapiro The Trump administration came to office hoping it would be able to find a more cooperative basis upon which to work with Russia than previous U.S. administrations had. Of course, the Bush administration and the Obama administration tried to reset U.S.-Russia relations as well, to no avail. Less than a year into Donald...

    Washington, Kyiv Dismiss Putin Peacekeeper Plan: Report
    Sep21

    Washington, Kyiv Dismiss Putin Peacekeeper Plan: Report

    White House envoy says he will discuss the Ukraine war with Kremlin official next month. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

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