"So what is Mr. Putin up to, my American friends and colleagues keep asking. He is, quite simply, bent on preserving and expanding his personal and Russia’s international power...the methodology in his playbook is constant and ruthless." writes Maxim Trudolyubov.
"I think what he feels is that this is a way for him to boost his domestic economy. He really feels that he can go it alone," says Jill Dougherty about Vladimir Putin's reaction to new western sanctions against Russia.
"By the time Ukraine’s leaders are ready to make the politically tough choices that could restore stability in the East, and achieve an understanding with Russia, they will be in a far worse bargaining position than when the Anti-Terrorist Operation began in June," writes Michael Kofman.
"As Russia continues to set the agenda on Ukraine and the West continues to implement the same ineffective strategy, Ukrainians feel increasing abandoned," writes Alina Polyakova.
"When you look at ISIS, it's in at least two countries - you have it in Iraq and you have it in Syria - and that complicates exactly how you can go against them and deteriorate their ability to carry out terrorist acts. You have to have countries in the region who support this (campaign against ISIS). It can't be a west against this group (ISIS), it has to be other countries and especially countries from that region," says Jill Dougherty.
Putin believes that Russian sovereignty can be best protected by its growing isolation. However, his fundamental misunderstanding of how the post-imperial, post-World War Two international system works has already created serious economic consequences in Russia, writes William E. Pomeranz.
Since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was brought down over east Ukraine, Putin has been under intense pressure to persuade pro-Russian separatists accused by the West of shooting it down to stop fighting. William Pomeranz talks about what he thinks Putin will do next.
The Ideology and Politics Journal is dedicated to the analysis of ideologies in its political, social and conceptual forms. Devoted to the advancement of understanding of socio-political processes in post-Soviet Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine – and wider former Soviet Union’s space, Journal deals with the ideological and intellectual issues arising in the course of formation of new societies. The Ideology and Politics Journal encourages discussion of the historical, cultural and ethical dimensions of political action, with the intention to contribute to both the advancement of interdisciplinary research of contemporary ideologies, and the promotion of a good politics in countries of the region.
Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United States) assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states (including China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore) seek an active role in the region. In this video series, "Who Owns the Arctic?" an international panel of experts describes why one of the world’s coldest environments is becoming a hot topic.
"Sanctions have definitely found Russia’s Achilles’ heel, and with harsher sanctions looming in the aftermath of flight MA17, Putin is finding it increasingly difficult to craft an effective reply," writes Will Pomeranz.
Experts & Staff
- Matthew Rojansky // Director, Kennan Institute
- William E. Pomeranz // Deputy Director, Kennan Institute
- F. Joseph Dresen // Program Associate
- Mary Elizabeth Malinkin // Program Associate
- Izabella Tabarovsky // Manager for Regional Engagement
- Mattison Brady // Program Assistant
- Blair A. Ruble // Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute
- Kateryna Smagliy // Director, Kennan Institute in Ukraine