Ukraine

 

Crisis in Ukraine

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  • Eurasia Outlook
    A Battle For Russia
    Dmitri Trenin July 28, 2014

    The Kremlin now sees the U.S. goal as the toppling of the Putin regime. That said, expecting Putin to back off betrays a lack of understanding of the gravity of the situation. It is no longer just a struggle for Ukraine, but a battle for Russia.

     
  • Article
    Crying Genocide: Use and Abuse of Political Rhetoric in Russia and Ukraine
    Matthew Kupfer, Thomas de Waal July 28, 2014

    The word “genocide” has long been abused in Eastern Europe. In the current Ukraine crisis, such fiery rhetoric is fueling a dangerous conflict and hindering reconciliation.

     
  • Op-Ed
    MH17, Part of Larger Ukraine Crisis, Likely to be Politicized
    Dmitri Trenin July 27, 2014 Global Times

    The MH17 crisis within the larger Ukraine crisis is likely to lead to the politicization of the conflict.

     
  • Strategic Europe
    Judy Asks: Do Interests Trump Values in Europe?
    Judy Dempsey July 24, 2014

    Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

     
  • Strategic Europe
    Europeans Shun Even Their Soft-Power Tools
    Judy Dempsey July 23, 2014

    Sanctions can be one of the EU’s most effective instruments of soft power. Yet EU governments are unwilling to make full use of this resource and put values before interests.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Heirs of the ’93 Russian White House
    Thomas de Waal July 23, 2014

    The leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Borodai and Igor Strelkov, are both Russian citizens who worked for the intelligence services, fought in Chechnya, spent time in Transnistria and worked for the ultra-nationalist newspaper, Zavtra. Putin must know that they have become a toxic liability.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Why Haven’t We Talked to Putin?
    Eugene Rumer July 23, 2014 Boston Review

    Neither sanctions against Russia nor military aid to Ukraine can resolve the current crisis. The best option for U.S. policymakers is to engage with Putin and his inner circle—if it’s not too late.

     
  • Article
    The EU’s Ukraine Test
    Shi Zhiqin, Lai Suetyi July 22, 2014 中文

    The Ukraine crisis is not only a test for the EU and Germany but also a significant opportunity for China to usher in a new relationship among large powers.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Is There a Solution?
    Sergei Aleksashenko July 22, 2014

    Ukraine’s position as an important transport corridor for Russian gas has resulted in various periods of conflict between Ukraine and Russian-state owned gas companies. But, even though both recognize they will not reach a long-term agreement quickly, one can easily see that the number of disagreements between them is not great. Both realize the need to compromise.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Will MH17 Air Crash Damage Russia’s Putin?
    Dmitri Trenin July 22, 2014 BBC Русский

    If the investigators’ verdict on the Malaysia Airlines plane crash does eventually fall against Russia, Vladimir Putin will survive politically, but will have to work hard to restore faith in him, and his good fortune.

     
  • Article
    Crying Genocide: Use and Abuse of Political Rhetoric in Russia and Ukraine
    Matthew Kupfer, Thomas de Waal July 28, 2014

    The word “genocide” has long been abused in Eastern Europe. In the current Ukraine crisis, such fiery rhetoric is fueling a dangerous conflict and hindering reconciliation.

     
  • Op-Ed
    MH17, Part of Larger Ukraine Crisis, Likely to be Politicized
    Dmitri Trenin July 27, 2014 Global Times

    The MH17 crisis within the larger Ukraine crisis is likely to lead to the politicization of the conflict.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Why Haven’t We Talked to Putin?
    Eugene Rumer July 23, 2014 Boston Review

    Neither sanctions against Russia nor military aid to Ukraine can resolve the current crisis. The best option for U.S. policymakers is to engage with Putin and his inner circle—if it’s not too late.

     
  • Article
    The EU’s Ukraine Test
    Shi Zhiqin, Lai Suetyi July 22, 2014 中文

    The Ukraine crisis is not only a test for the EU and Germany but also a significant opportunity for China to usher in a new relationship among large powers.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Will MH17 Air Crash Damage Russia’s Putin?
    Dmitri Trenin July 22, 2014 BBC Русский

    If the investigators’ verdict on the Malaysia Airlines plane crash does eventually fall against Russia, Vladimir Putin will survive politically, but will have to work hard to restore faith in him, and his good fortune.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Ukraine and the Aftermath of the Downing of Flight MH17
    Dmitri Trenin July 19, 2014 Guardian

    An independent inquiry into the Malaysia Airlines plane crash over eastern Ukraine and an immediate ceasefire by all sides could be the first step in a process to reverse the trend toward mutual destruction within Ukraine and beyond.

     
  • Op-Ed
    The Slaughter of Innocents
    David Rothkopf July 17, 2014 Foreign Policy

    When innocents die, standard military metrics for success or failure pale in comparison with the human costs depicted so graphically in the media.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Iran, Russia, and the Ukrainian Crisis
    Alexei Arbatov July 17, 2014 National Interest

    The fundamental dilemma of Moscow’s policy lies in whether it is worth cooperating to achieve a comprehensive agreement with Iran, which would primarily be a success for the United States, under conditions of confrontation with the West over Ukraine.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Ready to Deal
    Dmitri Trenin July 14, 2014 German Times

    The Ukraine crisis is testing the complex relationship between Europe, America, and Russia. Yet the gap between the United States and its European allies, as far as policies toward Russia are concerned, is wide and deep.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Blurred Lines Between War and Peace
    Lilia Shevtsova July 11, 2014 American Interest

    Allowing Kiev to restore the country’s territorial integrity is the best way to bring real peace to Ukraine. At the same time, pressuring Kiev to declare a new ceasefire that will give the rebels another break will only prolong the conflict.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    A Battle For Russia
    Dmitri Trenin July 28, 2014

    The Kremlin now sees the U.S. goal as the toppling of the Putin regime. That said, expecting Putin to back off betrays a lack of understanding of the gravity of the situation. It is no longer just a struggle for Ukraine, but a battle for Russia.

     
  • Strategic Europe
    Judy Asks: Do Interests Trump Values in Europe?
    Judy Dempsey July 24, 2014

    Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

     
  • Strategic Europe
    Europeans Shun Even Their Soft-Power Tools
    Judy Dempsey July 23, 2014

    Sanctions can be one of the EU’s most effective instruments of soft power. Yet EU governments are unwilling to make full use of this resource and put values before interests.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Heirs of the ’93 Russian White House
    Thomas de Waal July 23, 2014

    The leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Borodai and Igor Strelkov, are both Russian citizens who worked for the intelligence services, fought in Chechnya, spent time in Transnistria and worked for the ultra-nationalist newspaper, Zavtra. Putin must know that they have become a toxic liability.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Is There a Solution?
    Sergei Aleksashenko July 22, 2014

    Ukraine’s position as an important transport corridor for Russian gas has resulted in various periods of conflict between Ukraine and Russian-state owned gas companies. But, even though both recognize they will not reach a long-term agreement quickly, one can easily see that the number of disagreements between them is not great. Both realize the need to compromise.

     
  • Strategic Europe
    Europe’s Self-Imposed Blindness Toward Russia
    Judy Dempsey July 21, 2014

    When European foreign ministers meet on July 22 they might finally understand what the downing of MH17 means for their policy toward Russia.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Midsummer Blues
    Dmitri Trenin July 21, 2014

    MH17 may well be a turning point in the Ukraine conflict, but President Putin remains unlikely to back down despite economic pressure from the West. Russians may look back to the summer of 2014 years from now as a game changer.

     
  • Strategic Europe
    The Tragedies of Ukraine and Gaza
    Judy Dempsey July 18, 2014

    Two catastrophic events—the shooting down of a passenger plane in eastern Ukraine and an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza—have left the West floundering.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Malaysia and Ukraine
    Dmitri Trenin July 18, 2014

    The downing of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane over Eastern Ukraine catapults the crisis there onto the global plane. The tragic and sudden loss of so many innocent lives should put a final point to the armed conflict—or it may put the international conflict over Ukraine on a much higher and more dangerous level.

     
  • Strategic Europe
    Europe’s Weakness Over Russia
    Judy Dempsey July 17, 2014

    European leaders should pull together and impose tougher sanctions on Russia. That would give important reforms in Ukraine a greater chance of succeeding.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Russian View of What Happened to Flight MH17
    Dmitri Trenin July 21, 2014 WBUR’s Here and Now

    With the international investigation of the Malaysian plane crash yet to begin in earnest, the West will base its understanding on evidence supplied mainly by the United States and Russia will see Western actions as punishment not for shooting down the plane, but rather for Moscow’s position on Ukraine.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Link Between Government Corruption and the Rise of Terrorist Groups
    Sarah Chayes June 12, 2014 WBEZ’s Worldview

    Government corruption is an important factor in the rise of violent extremism. Syria, Ukraine, and Nigeria are important contemporary examples.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    After Ukraine
    Jessica Tuchman Mathews June 9, 2014 UN Dispatch

    The post-Cold War era is over and the West is back into a standoff with Russia.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Ukraine’s Chocolate King Is Presidential Front-Runner
    Balázs Jarábik May 24, 2014 NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday

    Oligarch and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko was one of the biggest supporters of the protests in Ukraine. With the government breaking down, people are now turning to him and other oligarchs.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    India’s Ruling Party Concedes Defeat
    Moisés Naím May 16, 2014 NPR’s Diane Rehm Show

    India’s recent election was the longest and most expensive general election in the history of the country.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Ukraine Crisis Hits a New Phase
    Eugene Rumer April 15, 2014 Bloomberg TV

    The Ukraine crisis has reached a new phase that could lead to outright conflict between Ukraine and Russia. However, it is not clear what Russia’s strategy is in Ukraine and what it hopes to achieve.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Empire Takes Back: It Could Happen Here
    Andrew S. Weiss April 9, 2014 Daily Show with Jon Stewart

    The people of Crimea, many of whom see themselves as either ex-Soviet or ethnically Russia, made the region ripe for Russian invasion and claims of human rights violations against the Russian minority living in Crimea were then used as justification for Russia’s invasion.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Putin’s Perspective Abroad Swayed by Quest for Popularity at Home
    Lilia Shevtsova March 21, 2014 NPR’s All Things Considered

    All of Putin’s actions, such as annexation of Crimea, trying to suffocate Ukraine, and trying to contain the United States and West in general, are a response to his domestic agenda. To survive, Putin wants to return to the old militaristic Russia and to become a war president.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Putin Addresses Parliament on Crimea Independence
    Maria Lipman March 20, 2014 ABC

    Vladimir Putin’s policy is to do what he sees right, regardless of what others think about it. He is ready for sanctions and to accept the costs.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    What Annexation Of Crimea Means For U.S.-Russia Relations
    Andrew S. Weiss March 18, 2014 NPR

    U.S.-Russia relations are clearly at a turning point after Russia has moved to annex Crimea. The West needs to develop a long-term strategy to deal with Russia.

     

Carnegie Experts on Ukraine

  • Cornelius Adebahr
    Associate
    Europe Program

    Adebahr is an associate in the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. His research focuses on European foreign policy.

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  • Judy Dempsey
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Carnegie Europe
    Editor in chief
    Strategic Europe

    Dempsey is a nonresident senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe.

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  • Balázs Jarábik
    Visiting Scholar
    Russia and Eurasia Program

    Jarábik is a visiting scholar focusing on Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

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  • Stefan Lehne
    Visiting Scholar
    Carnegie Europe

    Lehne is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the post–Lisbon Treaty development of the European Union’s foreign policy, with a specific focus on relations between the EU and member states.

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  • Maria Lipman
    Scholar in Residence
    Society and Regions Program
    Editor in Chief, Pro et Contra
    Moscow Center

    Lipman is the editor in chief of the Pro et Contra journal, published by the Carnegie Moscow Center. She is also the expert of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Society and Regions Program.

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  • Eugene Rumer
    Director and Senior Associate
    Russia and Eurasia Program

    Rumer, a former national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the U.S. National Intelligence Council, is a senior associate and the director of Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program.

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  • Lilia Shevtsova
    Senior Associate
    Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program
    Moscow Center

    Shevtsova chairs the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center, dividing her time between Carnegie’s offices in Washington, DC, and Moscow. She has been with Carnegie since 1995.

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  • Ulrich Speck
    Visiting Scholar
    Carnegie Europe

    Speck is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the European Union’s foreign policy and Europe’s strategic role in a changing global environment.

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  • Jan Techau
    Director
    Carnegie Europe

    Techau is the director of Carnegie Europe, the European center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Techau works on EU integration and foreign policy, transatlantic affairs, and German foreign and security policy.

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  • Dmitri Trenin
    Director
    Moscow Center

    Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, has been with the center since its inception. He also chairs the research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program.

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  • Andrew S. Weiss
    Vice President for Studies

    Weiss is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, where he oversees research in Washington and Moscow on Russia and Eurasia.

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