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      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...

      Ukraine, NATO, and Russia
      Sep14

      Ukraine, NATO, and Russia

      By Steven Pifer …read more Source::...

      Germany is well placed to lead a tougher EU response to Russia
      Sep10

      Germany is well placed to lead a tougher EU response to Russia

      By Constanze StelzenmüllerThe poisoning of Alexei Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, has brought Russian relations with Western countries to a perilous impasse. After doctors in Berlin identified the substance used as a military-grade nerve agent of the novichok group, German chancellor Angela Merkel issued a sharp...

      Ukraine – Then and Now
      Sep04

      Ukraine – Then and Now

      By Steven Pifer …read more Source::...

      Red Arctic
      Aug28

      Red Arctic

      By Elizabeth BuchananExplaining why a new cold war over the Arctic is not inevitable Renewed tensions between Russia and the West have fueled speculation that Moscow’s apparent designs on the Arctic region could help stimulate a new cold war. Vladimir Putin’s openly nationalistic ambitions, as demonstrated most vividly with his...

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