This essay, by AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Ulrich Speck, appeared originally on Judy Dempsy’s Strategic Europe, a blog from the Carnegie Institute for International Peace. Western sanctions against Russia appear to have a fairly narrow, tangible goal: to punish Moscow for supporting pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. But to what end? Sanctions need to reinforce …Read More

German reactions to Russia’s annexation of Crimea under President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s support for separatism in eastern and southern Ukraine have resurrected suspicions and concern about the content and direction of German-Russian relations.  Questions are being asked as to whether “a new Berlin-Moscow axis” is about to develop[1] and whether Germany is “drifting away …Read More

Die gewaltsamen Auseinandersetzungen in der Ukraine und die völkerrechtswidrige Annexion der Krim durch Russland haben die Grundlagen der europäischen Friedensordnung untergraben. Vertrauen, Gewaltverzicht und Regeln wurden missachtet. An ihre Stelle traten Willkür, Provokationen und das Schüren von Ängsten. Ob dies ein historischer Einschnitt ist, vergleichbar dem Ende des Kalten Krieges oder den Anschlägen vom 11. …Read More

With tensions high in Ukraine and across the West, Member of the German Bundestag Dr. Rolf Mützenich highlights the great importance of de-escalation. Despite an increasing undercurrent of approval or understanding in Germany for Russia’s nineteenth-century behavior, “the German government’s highest priorities are to de-escalate the situation, reinforce the few operable lines of communication, integrate the conflict participants, and compel European institutions to joint action.”

None of the parties involved in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine have entirely clean hands, but that does not signify equivalence. Had Russia taken action to ensure just the security of its military bases and fleet amid the uncertainties in Ukraine in late February and used that leverage to get guarantees both from Kiev and …Read More

Director of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik Dr. Volker Perthes provides his insights into the Ukraine crisis, European common security, and cooperation with Russia. Interviewed by AICGS Business & Economics Director Alexander Privitera, Dr. Perthes argues that, on the challenge of Ukraine, the Obama administration and EU leaders are much more in sync than media commentators …Read More

The recent international agreement in Geneva does very little to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, but it has bought time for all parties involved. The Russians will likely try to consolidate their presence in the east of the country, which, contrary to Moscow’s expectations, does not seem to be enthusiastic about the prospect of becoming …Read More

As it becomes clear that Russia is forging a new geopolitical landscape in Eastern Europe, Europe and the United States have grappled with the question of their response to this unexpected development. AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Ulrich Speck argues that the West must first accept that, despite two decades spent with open arms, Russia is not …Read More

The next steps in dealing with the crisis in Ukraine will be as much of a challenge for Europe and the United States as they are for Russia and Ukraine. The stakes are high on both sides of this confrontation, which at the moment seems to offer few safe exits. In their analysis of the …Read More

Vladimir Putin is tracking another Vladimir—this one with the last name Lenin—who published a pamphlet in 1902 called “What Is to Be Done: Burning Questions of Our Movement.” That Vladimir was laying out the need to form a Marxist vanguard to convince Russia’s workers to follow him and the party. One hundred years later, Lenin …Read More

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