Putin's Return


Vladimir Putin has returned to the Kremlin, but he has a different country to rule. It is becoming increasingly clear that Russia will be unable to launch serious social and economic development unless its political system becomes more open and responsive. Russian society has been on the move, with more affluent consumers turning into citizens and the socio-economic demands of the less well-off rising. Putin is powerful, but he is no longer calling all the shots: for the first time in more than a decade, other political leaders are emerging. The new situation in Russia calls for a deeper understanding of the country’s evolution based on new evidence.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Will Ukraine Bring Finland Into NATO?
    Dmitri Trenin April 22, 2014

    The current situation in Ukraine has intensified the long-simmering debate in Finland about joining NATO.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Will Japan and Russia Escape the New Cold War?
    Dmitri Trenin April 21, 2014

    Strong Japanese-Russian relations are economically beneficial and a strategic counterbalance against China’s influence. But the Ukraine crisis and Japan’s U.S. loyalties could have damaging effects.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Is Russia Pursuing Its Own Ink Spot Strategy in Eastern Ukraine?
    Eugene Rumer April 18, 2014

    A counter-insurgency strategy from Iraq and Afghanistan may be proving effective as a tool of Russian or pro-Russian insurgency in Eastern Ukraine.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    East Ukraine: The Revenge of Yanukovych?
    Balázs Jarábik April 16, 2014

    Kyiv’s anti-separatist operation could isolate and limit separatist forces in Eastern Ukraine, while the government attempts to deliver financial and economic assistance to the East, which is vital to Kyiv’s ability to reassert itself in the region.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    The Russian State Power and the Ukrainian Human Factor
    Maria Lipman April 16, 2014

    Russia will likely succeed in holding sway over Ukraine and turning this country into its buffer zone, but it cannot secure itself from the people’s resentment and resistance.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    The Mystery of Russian Strategy for Ukraine
    Eugene Rumer April 15, 2014

    One could only guess what Russia’s real goal in Ukraine is. However, sooner or later Moscow will need to deal with someone in Kyiv, and will need a political strategy to end the crisis.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Ukraine: Weekend Rendez-Vous With History
    Dmitri Trenin April 14, 2014

    Sunday’s events put Ukraine on the brink of civil war. However, there is still a chance to prevent the worst, but it can only be used when those calling political shots inside and outside Ukraine rise to their responsibility.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    India The Abstainer
    Petr Topychkanov April 8, 2014

    The challenges New Delhi faces inside the country and along its borders do not allow it to fully support the Russian annexation of Crimea, since this would create a precedent that can be used against India’s own territorial integrity. However, India could not denounce Russia either, because it acted similarly four decades ago.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    The “Besieged Fortress” Virus
    Lilia Shevtsova April 8, 2014

    After the Russian annexation of Crimea, the Belarusian President Lukashenko starts creating a “besieged fortress” and mobilizing the Belarusians to defend their country from potential Russian aggression. Moreover, Kazakhstan’s President Nazarbayev may follow Lukashenko’s example. It is clear that the future Eurasian Union cannot be strong.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Russian-Western Confrontation: Prepare for a Long Haul
    Dmitri Trenin April 4, 2014

    For the U.S. public and its political establishment, Russia is back as an adversary. Having taken on U.S. power, the Russian state will need to be very smart—and very good—to withstand the confrontation.


Carnegie Experts on Putin's Return

  • Maria Lipman
    Scholar in Residence
    Society and Regions Program
    Editor in Chief, Pro et Contra
    Moscow Center

    Lipman is the editor in chief of the Pro et Contra journal, published by the Carnegie Moscow Center. She is also the expert of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Society and Regions Program.

  • Lilia Shevtsova
    Senior Associate
    Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program
    Moscow Center

    Shevtsova chairs the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center, dividing her time between Carnegie’s offices in Washington, DC, and Moscow. She has been with Carnegie since 1995.


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