Kimberly Marten 08-21-2014
(Huffington Post/Berggruen Institute) Will Western sanctions against Russia work? It's not clear what that question means, since it isn't obvious what Russia has to do to end them. It doesn't seem very likely that Russia is going to withdraw from Crimea or end its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. But even more important is the question of how the sanctions are affect...
PONARS Eurasia 08-21-2014
(Institute for War & Peace Reporting) Russian Aid Convoy Set to Enter Ukraine - An agreement to allow Russia to deliver humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine seems near after Kiev dropped its objections to the fleet of trucks entering its territory. Tensions over the convoy have been rising since 280 Russian military trucks – repainted from khaki to white – left Moscow o...
Henry E. Hale 08-20-2014
(Carnegie Forum on Rebuilding U.S.-Russia Relations) It is not very productive to interpret the current international situation as a new Cold War or to see Russia’s Vladimir Putin as a Russian Hitler bent on reconstituting the USSR at all costs. The Cold War was driven in substantial part by competing ideologies of world scope. Putin does not aim to take over Europe, much...
Timothy Frye 08-20-2014
(Carnegie Forum on Rebuilding U.S.-Russia Relations) Two broad narratives have come to dominate debates about the sources of Russian foreign policy toward Ukraine. The “domestic politics” view argues that concerns internal to Russia have driven President Putin’s policy choices in Ukraine. Faced with a very sluggish economy and declining public approval ratings, President P...
Mark Kramer 08-20-2014
(Carnegie Forum on Rebuilding U.S.-Russia Relations) The ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine has attracted extensive news coverage and political commentary in the United States. Reading the commentary, one often gets the impression that Russia has gone much further than other countries in flouting international norms. No doubt, the cynical brutality of Russian Presid...
Dmitry Gorenburg 08-20-2014
(Carnegie Forum on Rebuilding U.S.-Russia Relations) American media narratives generally tend to excessively personalize politics and international affairs, and recent coverage of Russia is no exception to this overall trend. During the entire Ukraine crisis, and especially in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, Vladimir Putin has been portrayed a...
Elizabeth Wishnick 08-19-2014
After two decades of discussion, China and Russia finally agreed this year to share the $77 billion cost of building the “Power of Siberia” gas pipeline from Russia to China. On May 21, 2014, the two countries signed a $400 billion deal to ship 38 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas to China beginning in 2018. Although the timing of the long-awaited gas pipeline agreement fr...
PONARS Eurasia 08-15-2014
(Bloomberg) As a convoy of white trucks heading from Moscow to Ukraine raises alarm about a potential Russian invasion, Vladimir Putin is opening up a new front on his global chess board. Putin sparked outrage in Japan with a military drill along Russia’s eastern frontier this week, reigniting a territorial dispute with his Asian neighbor that has festered since the Soviet...

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