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September 8, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
The Belarus Protests, With Stephen Sestanovich

Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich, CFR’s George F. Kennan senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the political protests in Belarus.

Podcast Opposition activists hold a march from the Komarovsky market to Independence Avenue in support of Maria Kolesnikova and other coordination council members.

November 18, 2020

Europe and Eurasia
Has Russia Ended the War Between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

Azerbaijan’s success in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh means Putin’s peace deal is likely to last. It also rules out further diplomacy.

January 25, 2021

Russia
Putin vs. Navalny: Can Russia’s Protesters Prevail?

The Putin regime remains strong, but nationwide protests in support of Alexei Navalny are the most serious challenge to it in years.

October 8, 2019

Ukraine
The History of U.S.-Ukraine Relations, With Stephen Sestanovich

Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich, CFR’s George F. Kennan senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss U.S.-Ukraine ties since the fall of the Soviet Union…

Podcast People hold flares during a protest at Independence Square in Kyiv.

October 8, 2019

Ukraine
The President's Inbox: Stephen Sestanovich on Ukraine

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is live. I sat down with Steve Sestanovich, CFR’s senior fellow for Eurasian and Russian studies and the former U.S. ambassador-at-large for the former Sov…

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks with President Trump at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25.

August 17, 2020

Belarus
Putin and Belarus: Five Reasons Not to Save Lukashenko

Vladimir Putin is no fan of democracy movements in Russia’s neighborhood, but trying to turn off the protests in Belarus will be risky.

July 1, 2020

Russia
Will Russia’s Constitutional Changes Allow Putin to Hold on to Power?

Russians have voted on a sweeping package of more than two hundred constitutional amendments, the most important of which exempts President Vladimir Putin from term limits and potentially allows him …

May 11, 2020

Russia
Will the Pandemic Weaken Russia’s ‘Deep State’—or Make It Stronger Still?

As Putin tries to manage Russia’s coronavirus outbreak, the national security bureaucracy faces challenges and opportunities of its own.

October 4, 2019

Ukraine
Is Russia Winning the Ukraine Scandal?

U.S. military and economic support for Ukraine has so far weathered the widening impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s contacts with Kyiv. This backing could strengthen Ukraine in the next round…

January 16, 2020

Russia
What to Expect From Putin’s Shake-Up

President Putin’s sweeping moves to shift government power reinforce his own claim to leadership beyond 2024, but also set in motion competition for influence throughout Russia.