Tag Archives: Russia

A Decade After “Web War 1,” Former Estonian President Blasts EU Cyber Inertia

Even as the pervasive and destructive capacity of cyberattacks becomes ever more evident with the alleged Russian meddling in European and American politics, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, a former president of Estonia, marvels at the European Union’s under-performance in dealing with the threat.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to former Estonian President Toomas Ilves about Estonia’s internet adaptability,  “Web War 1,” and Russia’s interference in the European political space.

Ambassador Samantha Power on Russia

Samantha Power gave her final speech as US Ambassador to the United Nations at the Atlantic Council on January 17, outlining the threat that Russia poses to the rules-based international order and what must be done to address that threat.

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs on the Baltics, Russia, and NATO

While the entire world carefully watches how 2017 unfolds, especially developments between the White House and the Kremlin, the Baltics are among those with the most finely-tuned binoculars.  Worst-case scenarios may be simply hypotheses for debate in other countries, but in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania they are part of daily geopolitical calculations as the Baltics navigate a very fine line of making sure their allies stay on high alert for Russian interference without portraying themselves as unduly alarmist or vulnerable.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs about the speculation that one of the Baltics may become the theater for “World War III.”

Read more at http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/latvia-heads-into-2017-relying-on-its-own-mettle-and-nato-metal.

Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow on the challenge posed by Russia

When someone with the long-range perspective of Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow says relations with Russia are the worst he’s seen in his entire career, everyone should take notice. Vershbow has been a student of the Soviet Union and Russia for many decades, rising to the highest levels of the US State Department, the Pentagon and NATO.  Before his recently-ended tenure as NATO’s deputy secretary general, Vershbow had served as the American ambassador to the Alliance from 1998 to 2001 and to Moscow from 2001 to 2005.  With all that Russia-watching history, Vershbow says he’d have to go back to the Berlin crises of the early 1960s to imagine “as volatile and unpredictable and dangerous a situation as we have now.”

The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses: Russian Influence in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom

On November 16, 2016, Dr. Marlene Laruelle, Mr. Neil Barnett, and Dr. Alina Polyakova, who were joined by Dr. Andreas Umland, Dr. Mitchell Orenstein, Dr. Péter Krekó, and Mr. Josh Rogin, launched their report The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses: Russian Influence in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, a new report from the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu’s Eurasia Center. Unlike in Central Eastern Europe, Moscow’s tactics in the West are purposely subtler and difficult to trace. This report documents how the Russian government cultivates relationships with ideologically friendly political parties, individuals, and civic groups to build an army of Trojan Horses across European polities. This network of political allies, named in the report, serves the Kremlin’s foreign policy agenda that seeks to infiltrate politics, influence policy, and inculcate an alternative, pro-Russian view of the international order.

The report presents three cases, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, each written by a leading expert: Dr. Marlene Laruelle, director of the Central Asia Program and associate director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University; Mr. Neil Barnett, chief executive officer of Istok Associates; Dr. Stefan Meister, director, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, Robert Bosch Center, German Council on Foreign Relations; and Dr. Alina Polyakova, deputy director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and senior fellow with the Future Europe Initiative at the Atlantic Council.

Visit http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/ for more.

Ambassador of France to the United States Gérard Araud on French Leadership in a Post-Brexit Europe

Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, joins the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative for a discussion on French leadership in a Post-Brexit Europe.

Following the Ambassador’s remarks, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Jeremie Gallon engages Ambassador Frederic Hof, Director of the Council’s Rafik Hariri Center on the Middle East; Ms. Laure Mandeville, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow; and Ambassador John Herbst, Director of the Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center to debate France’s role in navigating Europe’s identity and electoral politics, developing and implementing a more coherent strategy to the south, and ensuring strength and unity in the face of a revisionist Russia. The event took place on July 28, 2016.

The Changing Face of Kremlin Propaganda: Recent Developments and Strategies for 2016

What’s the nature of modern Russian propaganda? Our panel of four journalists from Russia and Ukraine discuss the changing face of Kremlin propaganda. The panelists were Masha Gessen, journalist and author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin; Vasily Gatov, visiting fellow at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Daria Dieguts, foreign correspondent of TV Channel “Ukraine”; and Natalka Pisnya, special reporter and head of bureau in the United States for 1+1 Media Group. The discussion focused on the challenges facing independent Russian-language journalism, and was moderated by Karina Orlova, a journalist with Echo of Moscow. The event took place on May 23, 2016.

An Invasion by Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine

With renewed fighting in Ukraine’s east, few now deny that Moscow is financially and militarily backing the separatist war in east Ukraine and has in fact invaded its neighbor on several occasions in the past year. The new report by The Interpreter, “An Invasion by Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine”,​ aims to offer a complete account that proves Russia is behind the unrest in the Donbas region in Ukraine’s east. Listen to the conversation with Michael Weiss, Editor-in-Chief of The Interpreter and Senior Editor at The Daily Beast; and James Miller, Managing Editor of The Interpreter.

America’s Role in the World: Senator Lindsey Graham

What role would the United States’ play in the international community if Senator Lindsey Graham was president? Senator Graham speaks about his foreign policy strategy with CNN’s Jake Tapper as part of the Brent Scowcroft Center’s “America’s Role in the World” series.

From Ukraine’s Front Lines

Despite the ceasefire agreement, Russia continues to supply weapons, equipment and troops to support separatists in Ukraine’s east. As Ukraine prepares for another assault from Russian-backed separatists, what steps should the United States and NATO take to help Ukraine withstand Russian aggression? General Clark, former NATO Allied Commander, joins us at the Atlantic Council for an exclusive briefing from Ukraine’s front lines.