Articles on Russia

Meeting Svetlana Tikhanovskaya: How Europeans should support the Belarusian opposition (Commentary)

Lia Quartapelle - 16 September 2020

The EU should nurture Belarusian protesters’ experiences with political participation and their demands for democracy.

Belarus and Armenia: How Russia handles uprisings (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel & Nicu Popescu & Andrew Wilson - 16 September 2020

Russia’s goal in its neighbourhood is to regain influence, not to be surrounded by neutral, self-sufficient buffer states.

The slow dismantling of the Belarusian state (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 02 September 2020

While this revolutionary movement did not start as a geopolitical endeavour, it will certainly end as one.

Russia’s military manoeuvres at the Belarus border – a message to the West (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 18 August 2020

The Kremlin knows that intervening militarily would lose it the goodwill of the Belarusian people. But it does not rule out a managed transition to a candidate of its choice.


Why the EU now needs a deliberate Belarus policy (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 11 August 2020

A new mass civic movement has emerged in Belarus – the EU should put supporting it at the heart of its new policy towards the country.

The other Putin on Europe’s doorstep (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 04 August 2020

By weaponising immigration and launching new foreign adventures, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is increasingly acting like his Russian counterpart. And though such behaviour speaks to a deteriorating political situation at home, Europeans can no longer assume that Turkey will remain firmly in the Western fold.

Why analysts in Moscow dismiss the UK Parliament’s Russia report (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 30 July 2020

The July 2020 report by the UK Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee is part of a wider and somewhat depressing phenomenon: Western countries’ analyses of what Russia is doing are often mediocre in the eyes of those in Moscow.

A country under the influence: Russian interference in British politics (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 23 July 2020

The UK’s ostensible new “ethical foreign policy” stands up to little scrutiny – not least as the government’s preferred form of Brexit limits chances it will ever enact such a policy.

Russia showed Turkey and China how to bully the EU (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 17 July 2020

The more meekly the EU handles other powers’ aggressive tactics, the more they will be tempted to imitate each other in novel ways to ignore, challenge, and openly attack European interests.

Why the war in Libya is a test for Italy – and for a geopolitical European Commission (Commentary)

Marta Dassù - 30 June 2020

If Italy was the front facing east during the cold war, then today it is vulnerable to the south: the country has been drawn into a geopolitical competition that looms over the Strait of Sicily.