PONARS Eurasia 15 Jan 2017
(Washington Post) They’re resetting expectations in Russia for a reboot of relations with the United States. It wasn’t that long ago that Russia’s establishment was reveling in President-elect Donald Trump’s victory. That enthusiasm has cooled drastically over the steady drumbeat of bad news coming from Washington. There was Trump’s acknowledgment of the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia was responsible for hacking the Democratic...
Mark Kramer 13 Jan 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) The release on January 6 of an unclassified version of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s report describing efforts by Russian security services to influence last year’s U.S. presidential campaign in favor of Donald Trump evoked a sense of deja vu. Despite the advent of cyberwarfare, the Russian government’s attempts to sway the U.S. election in 2016 were strikingly reminiscent of Soviet “active measures” during the Cold War...
Joshua Tucker 12 Jan 2017
(WP) On Tuesday, news broke—in rather sensational fashion—that U.S. intelligence agencies had briefed both President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump on the possibility that Russia possesses compromising information on Trump. While questions continue to swirlabout the veracity of this (and other) claims in the “Trump Dossier,” as David Filipov and Andrew Roth have pointed out here at The Washington Post, the idea that Russia could have...
PONARS Eurasia 10 Jan 2017
(NYTimes) Spies are usually thought of as bystanders who quietly steal secrets in the shadows. But the Russian versions, schooled in techniques used during the Cold War against the United States, have a more ambitious goal — shaping, not just snooping on, the politics of a nation that the Soviet-era K.G.B. targeted as the “main adversary.” That at least is the conclusion of a declassified report released on Friday that outlines what America’s...
Robert Orttung 06 Jan 2017
(GW Food Institute) Ukrainian chickens have been laying large numbers of eggs in one of the bright spots of the country’s post-Soviet economy, but geopolitics is blocking their sale in nearby markets. Agriculture could help the struggling country protect the gains of its recent revolutions and build a liberal democracy at a time when many established democracies are backsliding. Ukraine’s recent history has been turbulent. Twenty-five years ago...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Jan 2017
(DPA) It reads like the plot of a Cold War spy novel: The Obama administration seems to have no doubt that Russia is behind cyberattacks and intrusions during the US presidential election. But president-elect Donald Trump remains sceptical. US President Barack Obama in his final weeks in office managed in one fell swoop to strike at both Russia and president-elect Donald Trump, as well as create a rift within the Republican Party. He expelled...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Jan 2017
(CBS This Morning) Kimberly Marten, political science professor at Barnard College and Columbia University in New York, and James Norton, president and founder of cybersecurity firm Play-Action Strategies, join "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the U.S. sanctions on Russia and how the country is confronting Vladimir Putin's government in the cyber age. More © CBS
Kimberly Marten 04 Jan 2017
(Huffington Post) President Barack Obama’s new sanctions against Russian state hacking are a political masterstroke—and they may turn out to be an invaluable parting gift to Donald Trump. Trump aide Kellyanne Conway is right that punishing Russia for its cyber attacks on the Democratic National Committee and other U.S. political figures will “box-in” Trump. She’s wrong about why, though. The reason the new sanctions limit Trump’s room for...

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