February 21, 2018

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The shift in US-Germany relations has implications for Russia

After decades, the transatlantic partnership between the U.S. and Germany finally shows signs of weakening. That could open the door for Russia to become an important German partner.

Russia's euphoria about Donald Trump already fading


Less than one month since Donald Trump’s inauguration, Moscow has already become less delusional about the odds of improving relations with Washington. With Trump expecting Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine and reduce violence in Donbas, it’s now time to prepare for reality.

What are the implications of the conflict between Belarus and Russia?

The conflict between Moscow and Minsk could mark the beginning of one of the most important stages in the country’s movement away from Russia.

The curious case of a Russian blogger that shook the post-Soviet space

The case of Aleksandr Lapshin, a travel blogger based in Moscow with dual Russian-Israeli citizenship, shows how the barriers that were established as a result of the 1991 Soviet break-up create new possibilities for conflict.

Pictured: Aleksander Lapshin. Photo: Personal Archive 

When will Russia finally break its 'resource curse'?


Despite constant talk about plans to boost the nation’s economic growth, experts remain skeptical about any efforts to wean the Russian economy off its dependence on oil.

80 years later, the perpetrators of Stalin's 'Great Terror' revealed

A new historical project is the first comprehensive effort to identify every single one of the 40,000 NKVD secret police officers responsible for one of the darkest periods in the history of the Soviet Union.


Why post-Soviet integration will be a lot harder than the Kremlin thought

25 years after the official collapse of the Soviet Union, the forces of disintegration in the post-Soviet space appear to be stronger than those of integration.

Moscow and Kiev: Testing the US in Ukraine


Whatever the cause for the recent flare-up in Eastern Ukraine, the signs indicate that the U.S. position will be instrumental in any future resolution of the conflict, one way or the other.

How can the Kremlin institute effective economic reforms?

A strong new commitment to the rule of law, both domestically and internationally, is fundamental if Russia genuinely wants to halt economic decline and achieve prosperity in the future, argues Andrey Movchan from the Carnegie Moscow Center.

Making sense of Putin's visit to Hungary

Russian President Vladimir Putin has seen Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban as a useful partner within the EU and finds himself in a better position now than he did when he was last in Budapest two years ago. The geopolitical cookie has crumbled in his favor, at least for now.


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