The Great Manipulator

February 24, 2016

Dmitry Medvedev recently played a telling little head game. When the Russian prime minister said at the Munich Security Conference that Moscow and the West had “slid into a new Cold War,” he essentially created a damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t situation. “If the West agrees that it is a new Cold War, then it automatically acknowledges Russia’s global-power […]

The Briefing: Exposing Kadyrov

Chechnya’s mercurial leader Ramzan Kadyrov will be back in the news this week as the first anniversary of Boris Nemtsov’s assassination approaches and Russia’s opposition prepares to release a lengthy report on his activities. On this week’s Power Vertical Briefing, we look at the likely impact of opposition leader Ilya Yashin’s upcoming report, titled National Security […]

The Briefing: Syria After Munich

February 15, 2016

Anybody who was expecting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to make conciliatory noises at the Munich Security Conference must have been severely disappointed. And anybody who was expecting the cease-fire agreement reached in Munich last week to result in an actual cease-fire must be severely disappointed as well. Not only is Russia’s bombing campaign in […]

The Power Vertical: Beyond Containment

You’ve gotta love it when a Kremlin official gets caught telling the truth. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova this week called a NATO plan to station air, naval, and ground forces in six Eastern European countries — Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — part of a strategy to “contain” Russia. Well, yeah. That’s exactly […]