The results of the special counsel’s investigation are in, opening debate on President Trump’s possible obstruction of justice. Meanwhile, Ukraine braces for weekend’s election. This and more in our latest news round-up.
5 Years Since Russia’s Intervention in Ukraine: Has Putin’s Gamble Paid Off?
The author analyzes the costs and benefits for Russia, finding that the intervention advanced one vital national interest and damaged several others. The costs have been manageable so far, but may eventually become prohibitive.
Russia’s focus on alliance formation in its “near abroad” is motivated by Moscow’s key security objectives: “to diminish the number of attack directions and maintain buffer zones,” according to MGIMO’s Andrey Sushentsov.
How the US Managed, and Mismanaged, Russia: A Superstar Diplomat Tells His Story
William Burns’ new book describes his warnings to the Bush administration that pushing for NATO membership for Georgia and Ukraine would spur Moscow to use armed force in the former and to meddle in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine Election Bodes Ill for Corruption Fight, and for Kiev’s Ties to West
As Ukrainians prepare to vote for a president March 31, none of the top three candidates boasts solid pro-reform credentials. That poses big challenges for the country’s future stability and its pro-Western stance.
Jihadists from Ex-Soviet Central Asia: Where Are They? Why Did They Radicalize? What Next?
Edward Lemon, Vera Mironova and William Tobey
Three authors draw on field work and other research to assess the motives, prospects and threats linked to Central Asian jihadists, including the thousands who joined Islamic State and other violent extremists in the Middle East.
Lessons for Leaders: What Afghanistan Taught Russian and Soviet Strategists
Moscow’s military intervention in Afghanistan lasted nearly a decade (1979-1989). It cost the USSR dearly in blood, treasure and power, but imparted lessons as well. Can some of these prove useful to the U.S. today?