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Departures Podcast with Daniel Markey

Over the past number of years, Washington has come to regard strategic competition with China through a rather narrow lens of trade, national security, and diplomacy, while paying much less attention to Beijing’s ambitions to increase its influence across the Eurasian basin, from Pakistan to Kazakhstan and Iran. Daniel Markey, a professor at Johns Hopkins […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 14, 2020

Today in Russia: Putin meets Lukashenko, integration on the menu; Tikhanovskaya blasts Putin for meeting “usurper”; 100,000+ protest in Minsk – again; elections in Russia; NordStream 2 trouble continues; French and Swedish tests also find Navalny poisoned by Novichok; Record mortgages in August

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 10, 2020 (Local Elections Preview)

This month’s local elections: “Something similar to real politics is happening in some regions” – We take a look at the most interesting regions for Sunday’s elections: Novosibirk, Arkhangelsk, Irkutsk, the Komi Republic, and Tatarstan

Open Letter to ICJ on Venezuela Sanctions

Over the course of my 40 years practicing international law, I’ve had some experience working in countries where the rule of law is painfully absent or impaired, and yet, today I note with sadness that we are witnessing a similar erosion of integrity taking place in the United States. Below we are publishing the full […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 9, 2020

Today in Russia: Maria Kolesnikova jailed in Belarus, unknown people try to enter Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich’s home; Lukashenko’s “intercepted call” about Navalny gets more ridiculous; What will come of NordStream 2?; Poland floats NordStream 2 alternative; Navalny offices in Novosibirsk under attack; Where is Navalny poisioning taking Russia?; Russia hikes taxes on profits heading to Cyprus; Peskov: Putin cancels Q+A session this year, but his December address may include some questions; Khabarovsk regional official loses job after pro-Furgal video

Departures Podcast with David Shimer

We often discuss Russia’s actions during the 2016 US election as though it were something “unprecedented.” But in fact, there is a long established history of Russia, the Soviet Union before it, and the United States engaging in widespread efforts to interfere in elections around the world. The more important question is what to do […]