Articles on Russia

Ministry of foreign assassinations: Killings, disappearances, and the challenge to the liberal order (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 22 October 2018

If Europe refrains from punishing state-sponsored assassinations and disappearances, not only will authoritarian regimes continue their repressive tactics, but the EU will lose its ability to defend its common area of freedom, security, and justice 

Russia, Ukraine, and the battle for religion (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 11 October 2018

The Ukrainian church pushes for independence from Moscow. The split will undermine Putin’s vision of a ‘Russian world’ and accelerate Ukraine’s cultural separation from Russia

Russian cyber sins and storms (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 10 October 2018

Cyber-espionage is business as usual for most great-power governments - so why the growing storm of indignation directed at Russia's cyber activities? 

Strait to war? Russia and Ukraine clash in the Sea of Azov (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 02 October 2018

New Russian naval activities around Crimea could presage a new, maritime front in the war in eastern Ukraine

Russian manoeuvres with Chinese characteristics (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 25 September 2018

The Vostok 2018 exercises showed the Russian armed forces learning from Western theory and Syrian practice. In turn, the Chinese military personnel present at the exercises for the first time will be learning from the Russians

Syria’s fate: What will Rouhani, Erdogan, and Putin decide? (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş & Ellie Geranmayeh - 06 September 2018

Views on priorities and possible outcomes of the upcoming meeting of the leaders of Iran, Turkey, and Russia from our Iranian and Turkish fellows

Is Germany breaking bad? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 28 August 2018

In an international order that is beginning to resemble a competition between rival cartels, Angela Merkel risks becoming a kind of geopolitical Walter White

The power of the blacklist: The European Parliament’s proposed Magnitsky Act (Commentary)

Clara Portela - 19 July 2018

Sergei Magnitsky's death inspired the US to enact a law blacklisting individuals and seizing their assets. The EU is jumping on the bandwagon. 

On a hot summer's day in Helsinki (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 17 July 2018

Was Helsinki really a big win for Russia? And defeat for Europe?

Trump vs. EU: The dead end of the normative approach (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 04 July 2018

A divided EU - with an unstable Germany, a UK on its way out and renegade central eastern member states - is only of interest to the US as an ally in competition with Russia and China