The Russian Shadow behind the Comey Dismissal

The Russian Shadow behind the Comey Dismissal

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Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV The Trump’s administration’s highest-level meeting with Russia is taking place on Wednesday morning. The Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov will call on President Trump in the White House, the first such visit since 2013. “It’s unclear when…

Two Domestic-Driven Foreign Policies on a Collision Course

Two Domestic-Driven Foreign Policies on a Collision Course

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Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Tomahawk missiles fired late Thursday by the U.S. Navy at a Syrian airbase have put an end  to the entire setup of the Russian-American relations of the Obama years. The U.S. has effectively turned the page on…

The Russia-China Partnership Remains Strong, Despite America

The Russia-China Partnership Remains Strong, Despite America

Stacy Closson

Stacy Closson

Global Fellow at Kennan Institute
Dr. Stacy Closson is a Global Fellow at the Kennan Institute. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. She received her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Relations. She came to Patterson from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. where she was a Kennan fellow. Dr. Closson was also a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellow in think tanks in Switzerland and Germany. From 1996-2002 she worked in the US Department of Defense as a political-military analyst, entering as a Presidential Management Fellow. Dr. Closson has been named an “Emerging Leader in Environmental and Energy Policy” by the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Last year, she was a Fulbright Fellow at National Chengchi University, Department of Diplomacy in Taipei, Taiwan. Her most recent book with MIT Press is 'Energy, Economics, and Geopolitical Futures:Eight Long-Range Scenarios.'
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BY STACY CLOSSON Russia and China recently vetoed a draft UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution backed by the Western powers to sanction Syria over its chemical weapons use. As the first action by the Trump administration in the Security Council,…

Bound by Uncertainty

Bound by Uncertainty

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Starting next week, it is not just Moscow that will be a player expected to rattle the international system and generate uncertainty. The Donald Trump-led U.S. is poised to be a match. The actual policies that this…

No Beacon on the Hill

No Beacon on the Hill

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Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Western mainstream media and centrist politicians are losing influence, the old left-right divide is in decline, the ranks of the critics of some decades-old policies and institutions of the West are swelling. Moscow has started wars, initiated…

New Challenges in Euro-Atlantic Security

New Challenges in Euro-Atlantic Security

James Collins

James Collins

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program; Diplomat in Residence at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Ambassador James F. Collins is an expert on the former Soviet Union, its successor states, and the Middle East.

Ambassador Collins was the U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation from 1997 to 2001. Prior to joining the Carnegie Endowment, he served as senior adviser at the public law and policy practice group Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP.

Before his appointment as ambassador to Russia, he served as ambassador at large and special adviser to the secretary of state for the newly independent states in the mid-1990s and as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Moscow from 1990 to 1993. In addition to three diplomatic postings in Moscow, he also held positions at the U.S. embassy in Amman, Jordan, and the consulate general in Izmir, Turkey.

He is the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Award for Distinguished Service; the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award; the Secretary of State’s Award for Career Achievement; the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service; and the NASA Medal for Distinguished Service.

Ambassador Collins has been active on the boards of nonprofit organizations concerned with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. He has served as a member of the board of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Open World Leadership Center, and American Councils for International Education. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Civilian Research and Development Foundation and the Library of Foreign Literature in Moscow.

Before joining the State Department, Ambassador Collins taught Russian and European history, American government, and economics at the U.S. Naval Academy.
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BY JAMES COLLINS Amb. Collins delivered the following remarks at the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Awards Dinner on November 30, 2016, where he received the Woodrow Wilson Award for his contribution to public service related to U.S.-Russia relations. Thank…

Our Domestic Political Quandary on Russia

Our Domestic Political Quandary on Russia

E. Wayne Merry

E. Wayne Merry

Senior Fellow for Europe & Eurasia at American Foreign Policy Council
E. Wayne Merry is Senior Fellow for Europe and Eurasia at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. He is widely published and a frequent speaker on topics relating to Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus, the Balkans, European security and trans-Atlantic relations. In twenty-six years in the United States Foreign Service, he worked as a diplomat and political analyst specializing in Soviet and post-Soviet political issues, including six years at the American Embassy in Moscow, where he was in charge of political analysis on the breakup of the Soviet Union and the early years of post-Soviet Russia.He also served at the embassies in Tunis, East Berlin, and Athens and at the US Mission to the United Nations in New York.In Washington he served in the Treasury, State, and Defense Departments.In the Pentagon he was Regional Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia during the mid-Nineties.He also served at the Headquarters of the US Marine Corps and on Capitol Hill with the staff of the US Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He was later a program director at the Atlantic Council of the United States.He studied economics and political science at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), has an MPA from Princeton University’s Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and studied at the U.S. Army Russian Institute (Garmisch-Partenkirchen).A native Oklahoman, he lives in Virginia.
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By Wayne Merry Among the casualties of American presidential politics is the prospect of improved relations with Russia. The absence of basic civility – on both sides – in the public rhetoric between Washington and Moscow mirrors the political vitriol…

A Clash of Foreign Policies

A Clash of Foreign Policies

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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The war raging in Syria involves not just numerous fighting sides, both state and non-state, but also rival political strategies. The foreign policies of Moscow and Washington had been headed for collision for quite a while, and they finally met…

Deconstructing the U.S.-Russian Impasse Over Syria

Deconstructing the U.S.-Russian Impasse Over Syria

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Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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There is a paradox in current U.S.-Russian relations. The two countries’ domestic situations, resources, abilities, and willingness to act on the world stage are vastly different, almost inverse. And yet, by a combination of accident and intent, the two are…