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17.04.2020
Podcast: How Effective Is Digital Surveillance In the Fight Against the Coronavirus?

Podcast: How Effective Is Digital Surveillance In the Fight Against the Coronavirus?

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted renewed global debate over the use of technology to monitor and protect the public. Host Alex Gabuev is joined by Leonid Kovachich, Paul Stronski, and Steven Feldstein.
17.04.2020
European Lockdown Hits Russia’s Gas Market

European Lockdown Hits Russia’s Gas Market

The slump in gas prices will create plenty of problems, but at the same time it could provide a much-needed purging of an industry that in recent years has seen increasingly absurd projects unveiled for pipelines and LNG terminals.
15.04.2020
What Does Russia Want From the United States?

What Does Russia Want From the United States?

The coronavirus pandemic is another opportunity that Moscow is using to engage Washington in an attempt to break through the logjams in their relationship.
14.04.2020
Podcast: How Deep Are China's Roots in Russia's Far East?

Podcast: How Deep Are China's Roots in Russia's Far East?

Alex Gabuev talks to Ivan Zuenko, an expert on the Sino-Russian relationship, about the real scale of the Chinese presence in Russia’s Far East.
13.04.2020
Gaps and Omissions in Europe’s New Memory Wars

Gaps and Omissions in Europe’s New Memory Wars

Western Europe’s promotion of dialogue and reconciliation between neighbors used to be the dominant approach to engagement with traumas of the past. Eastern Europe’s memory wars have now taken over the debate.
9.04.2020
IMF Bailout Costs Ukraine’s President Dear

IMF Bailout Costs Ukraine’s President Dear

Struggling to hold on to his party’s majority, President Zelensky is increasingly forced to take heed of the influential national-patriotic minority in parliament. Zelensky finds himself held hostage by the old elite, from whom he is buying the last chances for reform at the cost of his own political future.
7.04.2020
Russia’s Leaders Are Self-Isolating From Their People

Russia’s Leaders Are Self-Isolating From Their People

The fight against the new coronavirus in Russia is being led not by politicians oriented on the public mood, but by managers serving their boss. This is why the authorities’ actions appear first insufficient, then excessive; first belated, then premature.
7.04.2020
Are Russians Finally Sick of Putin?

Are Russians Finally Sick of Putin?

Putin’s move to extend his rule beyond its expected end in 2024 has worked against the president. Meanwhile, the new coronavirus and falling ruble have proved more effective than any action by the opposition aimed at damaging Putin’s ratings.
1.04.2020
Unstable Putin

Unstable Putin

Consistency and predictability in Russian politics have all but died. Something extraordinary is unfolding right before people’s eyes: one immutable value (Putin) is destroying another (stability).
31.03.2020
Russia and China in the Arctic: Cooperation, Competition, and Consequences

Russia and China in the Arctic: Cooperation, Competition, and Consequences

China and Russia act in accordance with their own interests, which are not always identical. For the time being, the creation of a Russo-Chinese military alliance isn’t a viable idea, and cooperation between China and Russia in the Arctic is exclusively economic.
30.03.2020
China Looms Large in Central Asia

China Looms Large in Central Asia

China is gradually laying down the foundations for the construction of a Pax Sinica in Central Asia. This is particularly successful in certain sectors of the economy, but Beijing’s policy has come up against constraints, both within Central Asia and outside of it.
27.03.2020
What Doesn’t Kill the EU Will Make It Stronger

What Doesn’t Kill the EU Will Make It Stronger

EU moves to coordinate efforts against the new coronavirus, relax regulatory enforcement, and demonstrate solidarity can help to show that the European Union can provide added value to individual EU countries, and that it remains a force to be reckoned with.
26.03.2020
Pandemic Unsettles Ukraine’s Zelensky

Pandemic Unsettles Ukraine’s Zelensky

In Ukraine, the chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic combined with the country’s existing political problems could sharpen the appetite for authoritarianism in Ukrainian society.
25.03.2020
Coronavirus Inflames Russia-Belarus Quarrel

Coronavirus Inflames Russia-Belarus Quarrel

Having closed the border, even for six weeks, Russia has taken yet another psychologically important step in the process of its estrangement from Belarus.
24.03.2020
How Is Russia Coping With Coronavirus?

How Is Russia Coping With Coronavirus?

As of March 23, Russia had reported 438 cases of coronavirus and one disputed death. But there is growing speculation in the West over whether official figures can be trusted and whether the Kremlin might be making use of the pandemic to further its own ends.
20.03.2020
Russia and Turkey: Flexible Rivals

Russia and Turkey: Flexible Rivals

If the relationship between Russia and Turkey is a marriage of convenience, then right now the two sides are staying in it purely for the sake of the children: i.e., the political investments that Putin and Erdogan have made in developing bilateral relations when not everyone approved.
20.03.2020
Confronting the Challenges of Coronavirus, Russia Sees Its Worldview Vindicated

Confronting the Challenges of Coronavirus, Russia Sees Its Worldview Vindicated

As the Kremlin prepares to manage the public health emergency and an economic slowdown, it’s coming to view the global disarray as affirmation of its ideology.
19.03.2020
Russia Battles New Economic Crisis on Three Fronts

Russia Battles New Economic Crisis on Three Fronts

The current economic turbulence resembles a fire at an explosives warehouse during a flood and an earthquake, all at the same time.
18.03.2020
Putin’s Coup: Cunning Plan or Improvisation?

Putin’s Coup: Cunning Plan or Improvisation?

Whether Putin wanted to be persuaded to stay on, was testing his entourage for their readiness for a power transition, or was simply waiting for the right moment, we may never know. But there is no evidence that he was preparing to choose a successor.
13.03.2020
War With OPEC Can’t End Well for Russia

War With OPEC Can’t End Well for Russia

Falling oil prices leave no chance Russia’s GDP will grow in 2020—a bleak prospect for both ordinary people and once optimistic investors.
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