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      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...

      Is Putin about to make a costly mistake in Belarus?
      Aug28

      Is Putin about to make a costly mistake in Belarus?

      By Steven PiferFrom 2001 to 2004, I was the senior American official to visit Belarus. The United States and European Union were thoroughly dissatisfied with President Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s authoritarianism, and US policy mandated that no official higher than a deputy assistant secretary travel to Minsk. EU officials and EU member states...

      Trans-Atlantic Scorecard – January 2020
      Jun21

      Trans-Atlantic Scorecard – January 2020

      Welcome to the sixth 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...

      Putin’s not-so-excellent spring
      Apr23

      Putin’s not-so-excellent spring

      By Steven PiferEarly this year, Vladimir Putin had big plans for an excellent spring: first, constitutional amendments approved by the legislative branch and public allowing him the opportunity to remain in power until 2036, followed by a huge patriotic celebration of the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. Well, stuff...

      March was a roller coaster month for Ukraine
      Apr07

      March was a roller coaster month for Ukraine

      By Steven PiferUkrainians rode a wild roller coaster in March. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy began the month by firing the prime minister and reshuffling the cabinet, prompting concern that oligarchs were reasserting their influence. COVID-19 and its dire economic implications, however, refocused attention. At the end of the month, the Rada...

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