Russia and Eurasia Publications

Kennan Cable No.2: The 2014 Ruble Devaluation: A Perfect Storm

Dec 03, 2014
Sergey Aleksashenko, Private Solutions LLC, delves into the underlying reasons for the dramatic devaluation of the Russian ruble in 2014. more

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Rough and Tumble of Building Democracy in Georgia

Nov 26, 2014
Leadership squabbles and instincts for retribution are testing Georgia’s democracy. If leaders do not come together to strengthen the political system and governance, Georgia’s future could hang in the balance. more

Kennan Cable No.1: In Kyiv, The Front Is a Phone Call Away

Nov 24, 2014
Izabella Tabarovsky, Manager for Regional Engagement at the Kennan Institute, reports on Ukraine’s grass-roots efforts to supply its military in our first ever Kennan Cable, a new series featuring research and analysis from Kennan Institute staff, scholars, and alumni, created to present our readers with new ideas and perspectives on the region. more

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Putin’s created an economic crisis and left Moscow no easy way out

Nov 15, 2014
Western sanctions have left Russia in dire financial circumstances — stuck somewhere between recession and stagnation. Though proven solutions exist for what now ails Russia, President Vladimir Putin’s geo-strategic and political choices have rendered these traditional economic approaches unworkable. more

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Hitting the Pause Button: The "Frozen Conflict" Dilemma in Ukraine

Nov 06, 2014
For some time, Ukraine is likely to host frozen conflicts, in Crimea and the Donbas region. Elections last Sunday in the Russian-armed, rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine reinforced this. Moscow said the vote reflected the "will of the people," but the European Union called the elections "illegal and illegitimate." Ukraine will face difficult realities and painful choices in managing its conflicts. Georgia's experience with frozen conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia offers lessons for Ukraine. more

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Eastern Europe’s Dependence on Russian Pipelines: Reconciling Energy Needs with Sovereignty

Nov 05, 2014
Interview with Lucia Seybert, recent Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, and Professorial Lecturer, American University more

Russian TV's American Face

Nov 04, 2014
RT is rapidly transforming itself into an American-style whistle-blower, relentlessly reporting on America's democratic deficiencies and malfeasance, at home and abroad. more

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Why Ukraine's future is vital to West

Nov 04, 2014
Ukrainians have voted, and they have overwhelmingly chosen to stay the course on European integration. Late last month, pro-European parties won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections that saw allies of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk come out on top. But while Europe and the United States are celebrating the outcome as a strategic victory for the West, the election result itself simply builds on the slogans of last winter's Euromaidan Revolution. The trouble is that in Ukraine, such rhetoric has all too often led to disappointment. more

Weapons Are Not the Answer to Ukraine’s Military Woes

Oct 09, 2014
Ukraine’s military, recently defeated in its Anti-Terrorist Operation against separatists in the east, must address massive materiel, training, and leadership deficiencies. Having suffered years of budgetary and administrative neglect, its armed forces and defense industrial complex cannot hope to fight Russia in their current state. U.S. security assistance to Ukraine should focus in the short term on supplies to sustain its troops over the winter and in the medium term on support for comprehensive military reform, but providing American weapons would engender a proxy war with Russia without really improving Ukraine’s combat capability. more

Eliminating an Existential Threat: the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1916

Sep 26, 2014
Interview with Ronald Suny, Kennan Institute Title VIII Short-term Scholar, and Professor of History, University of Michigan, on August 11, 2014. Kennan Institute Project "The Armenian Genocide, 1915-1916." more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.