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How Sanctions May Affect Russia's Moves in Ukraine

Mar 08, 2014
"If we seek to freeze the assets of Russian companies, if we seek to block their ability to import or export, the Russians have already made it clear that they will respond in kind and they may even respond disproportionately as they have in the past, and that's going to hurt American companies," Matthew Rojansky said on NPR's "All Things Considered."

The Pressure's on Putin, Why Won't He Back Down?

Mar 07, 2014
William Pomeranz discussed Russian aggression against Ukraine on Bloomberg TV's "Street Smart" with Bloomberg Contributing Editor Richard Falkenrath. "Putin has made a political and military calculation and he believes that in the short term, he can handle these sorts of economic declines," Pomeranz said.

Five Guidelines for America's Foreign Policy Towards Russia

Mar 07, 2014
Changing Russian policy is doable if the U.S. is careful and adroit, but we need to accept some realities and work around them, writes Jane Harman.

On the Crisis in Ukraine

Mar 02, 2014
The Kennan Institute continues to monitor developments in Russia and Ukraine with growing concern. We wish to express our sincere desire that a peaceful resolution can be found before the situation escalates beyond the control of all parties involved.

Ukraine Must Reject Roots of Violence

Feb 27, 2014
If Ukrainians seek a brighter future, they must recognize, isolate and reject the inclinations to use violence that are now deeply rooted in the country’s political culture, write Mattison Brady and Matthew Rojansky.

Has the Moment Passed for the West to Sway Ukraine?

Feb 26, 2014
Matthew Rojansky discussed the ongoing violence in Ukraine on "PBS NewsHour" with William Taylor, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. "Even cutting a geopolitical deal, imagine Russia, the United States, Europe sit down around a table and they come to a compromise, it doesn't necessarily solve the violence we're seeing on the streets today," Rojansky said.

Ukraine: Corruption Doesn’t Capture It

Feb 24, 2014
Since it became an independent state 23 years ago, Ukraine has been looted by its structure of government at all levels and those close to it. The word “corruption” is not adequate to present-day Ukraine, and in fact, distorts reality.

Ukraine’s Oligarchs Need to Step Up

Feb 24, 2014
The fall of Yanukovich and his inner circle now thrusts the oligarchic groups, each of which controls a parliamentary faction, into the spotlight. The onus is now on them to see the bigger picture, and to live up to their political responsibilities, writes Mathew Rojansky.

Ukraine Needs Change to Come From Within

Feb 21, 2014
Ukraine desperately needs a bottom-up commitment from the people to reject indifference, cynicism, sloth and other poisonous habits built up over more than half a century of dysfunctional Soviet governance, writes Matthew Rojansky.

Ukraine's Worst Case Scenario

Feb 20, 2014
The latest news from Kyiv and other regions of Ukraine shows that the situation is developing according to the worst scenario: the country is truly on the edge of a new spiral of violence of national scale.

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