Tag Archives: ukraine

Analysis: Russia, the MH-17 shootdown, the Dutch and Kremlin’s Requirement to Respond

Analysis: Russia, the MH-17 shootdown, the Dutch and Kremlin’s Requirement to Respond

Wreckage of the Flight MH-17. Dutch Openbaar Ministerie Photo

Wreckage of the Flight MH-17. Dutch Openbaar Ministerie Photo

The carefully prepared and detailed analysis released this week by Dutch authorities showing that a 9M38 anti-aircraft launched from a Buk-Telar 17 shot down the MH17 flight on July 17, 2014 is probably not a surprise to anyone. What is noteworthy is the extraordinary level of detail – even by Dutch standards – of the investigation, and the strategic choices it foists upon Vladimir Putin and his boyars in the Kremlin. Read More

Authors: Two Brands of Russian Nationalism Drive Kremlin Policy

Authors: Two Brands of Russian Nationalism Drive Kremlin Policy

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kremlin Photo

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kremlin Photo

Two forms of nationalism — one seeing Moscow as the centerpiece of a Eurasian civilization, different from the West and the other defining itself as ethnically Russian — are shaping political discussion inside and outside the Kremlin and influencing actions far away from its borders, two experts on Russia said Wednesday. Read More

CSIS Panel: Russia Still Dangerous in its Decline

CSIS Panel: Russia Still Dangerous in its Decline

The Russian Honor Guard stand-by as part of a ceremony in 2006. U.S. DoD Photo

The Russian Honor Guard stand-by as part of a ceremony in 2006. U.S. DoD Photo

Although “Russia is not a rising power . . . even in military terms,” Moscow can still “disturb and do harm,” one of the nation’s leading scholars on strategy told attendees at a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum Friday. Read More