Ukraine Crisis

FLASH: What’s Fueling Russian Protests?

Русский: Один из символов протестной акции — туалетный ёршик. Выкрашен в золотой цвет. Отсылает к расследованию ФБК «Дворец Путина», из материалов которого следует, что туалетные ёршики в резиденцию Владимира Путина закупались по цене около 700 евро. Москва, Театральная площадь, дом 1, сквер перед Большим театром, cc Sergey Korneev,, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Golden_toilet_brush_%E2%80%94_symbol_of_the_protest.jpg

Protests broke out across Russia after the arrest of Alexei Navalny, but public anger is about more than just the fate of one opposition politician.

The Wagner Group: Origins and Early Deployments

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First in a two-part series, this backgrounder traces the origins and earliest deployments of Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit: the Wagner Group.

The Wagner Group: Intrigue, War, and Resource Extraction in Africa and Beyond

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After initial deployments in Ukraine and Syria, the African continent has become the main theater for Wagner Group operations.

Corruption Fight Devolves into a New Constitutional Crisis in Ukraine

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President Zelensky has set his sights on Ukraine’s constitutional court following a decision to reverse key anti-corruption reforms.

Belarus Crisis: The Geopolitical Stakes for the Major Powers

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The Belarus crisis is mainly the result of domestic political tensions. But paradoxically, this is an internal issue that carries a profound international dimension as well.

Belarus Crisis: The Russian Perspective

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What’s at stake for Moscow in the ongoing Belarus crisis, and how far is the Kremlin willing to go to protect its interests?

Counter-Protests: A Gamble for Beleaguered Governments

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Counter-protests have been a risky proposition for beleaguered governments through the 2010s. Will Belarus be any different?

COVID-19 in Ukraine: Religion and Geopolitics in a Pandemic

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Ukraine’s long-running religious schism has spilled into the country’s COVID-19 response.

Backgrounder: The Water Crisis in Crimea

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Exploring the economic, environmental, and geopolitical dynamics surrounding the ongoing water crisis in Crimea.

Is Belarus Doomed to Dependence on Russia?

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Minsk has tried to carve out a more independent niche since the Ukraine crisis, but its room for maneuver remains severely constrained.

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