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The Sorry State Of The Ukrainian Navy - And Why It Should Matter To America
Articles - August 11, 2017
 

Although it has come at enormous human and financial cost, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine that has raged in the latter's eastern territories since 2014 has helped spark a fundamental transformation of the Ukrainian military. The country now boasts the second-largest standing army in Europe (behind that of Russia), while a newfound sense of national unity - together with new training and greater readiness - has forged an increasingly capable fighting force. Nevertheless, at least one notable weak spot in Ukraine's current military posture remains.

 
Russia Has Weaponized Energy
Articles - August 10, 2017
 

In January 2009, Eastern Europeans were rudely reminded of a very blunt fact: If Russia wants to shut off the gas, it can.

Angered by backlogged debts, Gazprom, Russia's massive state petroleum and natural gas corporation, cut off its supply of gas to neighboring Ukraine - and, through it, to parts of the European Union. For weeks in the dead of winter, millions of Europeans were stranded without power, as Gazprom and its Ukrainian counterpart Naftogaz blamed one another for the crisis. While the flow of gas eventually resumed, European governments emerged from the experience shaken, and for good reason.

 
Central Asia's Encouraging Development
Articles - August 8, 2017
 

Something is stirring across the vast expanse encompassing the Caucasus and Central Asia, an area of nearly 1.6 million square miles and more than 86 million people. Throughout the region, political momentum is gathering for deeper cooperation, engagement, and coordination.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2147
Bulletins - August 7, 2017
 

Putin's mandate, and next year's election;
Are Russian hackers at it again?

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2146
Bulletins - August 4, 2017
 

Russia gets its way in Syria;
Beijing bullish on ties with Moscow

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2144
Bulletins - July 20, 2017
 

European sanctions renewed, as Turkey expands energy ties;
A farewell to Kislyak

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2143
Bulletins - July 17, 2017
 

Ahead of the World Cup, an emerging soccer scandal;
Backward from government transparency

 
How Russian Rule Has Changed Crimea
Articles - July 13, 2017
 

Since Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, the Ukrainian peninsula has become something akin to a "black box," with little verifiable data on conditions available to counterbalance the official Russian narrative that all is well in the Kremlin’s newest territorial holding. Now, however, a new study has provided perhaps the most detailed look to date on the true state of political and economic play on the peninsula. Published by the Ukrainian Institute for the Future, a new but well-connected think tank based in Kiev, the report - entitled "Crimea: Three Years of Occupation" - draws on data from local sources and the analysis of seasoned specialists to paint a damning picture of the human and economic costs of Russian rule, and to make a compelling case that the Kremlin's Crimean project is a threat to Crimeans themselves, as well as to everyone else.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2142
Bulletins - July 12, 2017
 

Navalny and a new spirit of protest;
Russia's dangerous new cyberweapon

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No.2141
Bulletins - July 11, 2017
 

More evidence of Moscow's hand in MH17 downing;
Russia's 2011 election - fraud on a massive scale