Could There Be War With Russia?

December 17, 2021

First, let’s be clear: Russia already invaded Ukraine. At the end of February 2014, Russian soldiers without insignia seized key facilities in Crimea and then helped secessionists in eastern Ukraine some weeks later. Crimea is now under Russian control and a civil war continues to flare up over...

Playing Russian Roulette With COVID-19 “Cures”

December 01, 2021

Ivermectin is an excellent drug, at least as long as you happen to be a horse or a cow or some other livestock. If you are a patient infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, not so much. As the American Food and Drug Administration admonished earlier this year via Twitter, “You are not a horse. You...

Who Supports the Kremlin?

September 28, 2021

There is no universal profile of a pro-Kremlin backer. Martyna Bildziukiewicz, a strategic communications expert and political scientist, says that favorable attitudes toward Russia and its narratives do not necessarily translate into geopolitical support.

History Matters in How Russia Is Perceived in Europe

September 15, 2021

History matters in how Russia is perceived in EU member states. In the fourth conversation of GLOBSEC’s series on “The Image of Russia,” Peter Kreko, director of the Political Capital Institute in Hungary, discusses how Russia is so successful in inflating its power and influence.

Russia Wants to Portray the West as a Failure

May 27, 2021

How is Russia trying to improve its image in Central and Eastern Europe and the western Balkans? Edward Lucas, a senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis, says that Moscow is most interested in depicting the West as a failure.

The Image of Russia

May 06, 2021

Should the EU​ be worried, and is there anything it can do to limit the spread of Russian narratives? In the first of a series of conversations on the image of Russia​, Mark Galeotti, senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, discusses Russia’s influence in Europe.

EU Concern Over Ukraine Is Not Enough

April 13, 2021

Hostilities between Ukraine and Russia reached an alarming level last week when further Russian troops were deployed on the Ukrainian border. Despite a statement from the Kremlin describing the act as “not threatening,” Kyiv accused Moscow of moving thousands of soldiers to its northern and...

Assessing the Tensions Between Ukraine and Russia

April 13, 2021

Sebastian Schäffer, the managing director of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) and associate fellow at GLOBSEC Policy Institute, touches upon the new level of hostility between Ukraine​ and Russia​ after the Kremlin deployed troops on the border.

Fair Observer Scoop: Putin Engineered the Blockage of the Suez Canal

April 01, 2021

MSNBC’s star journalist Rachel Maddow was ready to break the news but hesitated when certain insiders worried that, if the accusation was not borne out by verifiable facts, the reaction might further damage the reputation of a news organization whose ratings have been plummeting for the past two...

Is Travel Now a Game of Russian Roulette?

March 29, 2021

Almost one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, in mid-January, circumstances forced me to take a trip to Chennai, India, from my home in the Bay Area, California. I was apprehensive about traveling abroad during the pandemic. I suspected the rapid spread of the coronavirus globally had to do with...

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