Putin’s next power play is a parade

On May 9, Russia will mark the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II as it does every year. Ukrainian and Western officials expect Russian President Vladimir Putin to seize the opportunity of a day steeped in patriotic fervour to escalate the war in Ukraine. Read More Here

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Why Russia’s Economy Is Holding On

Despite predictions of doom for the heavily sanctioned Russian economy, nearly two months into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, his country’s oil exports to Europe and other have actually risen, and its financial sector is so far avoiding a serious liquidity crisis. Read More Here

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The Month That Changed A Century

In little more than a month, Russian President Vladimir Putin has resurrected the threat of territorial conquest and nuclear war, jolted Western Europe awake from its long postwar torpor, and put the capstone on two decades of U.S. misdirection by defying American power and influence. Read More Here

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Putin’s Afghanistan

For those who remember late Soviet history, there is a familiar analog to these events: the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. As with the war in Ukraine, the invasion of Afghanistan was driven by the fear that Moscow was losing a crucial piece of its sphere of influence. Read More Here

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The Toll Of Economic War

The Russian-Ukrainian war of 2022 is not just a major geopolitical event but also a geoeconomic turning point. Western sanctions are the toughest measures ever imposed against a state of Russia’s size and power. Read More Here

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Developing economies must act now to dampen the shocks from the Ukraine conflict

The war in Ukraine could not have come at a worse time for the global economy—when the recovery from the pandemic-induced contraction had begun to falter, inflation was surging, central banks in the world’s largest economies were gearing up to hike interest rates, and financial markets were gyrating over a formidable constellation of uncertainties. Read More Here

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Putin The Gambler

Although many observers continued to assume that he measures the risks and rewards of particular actions as they do, Putin has grown more and more willing to take risks as he has come to believe that doing so pays off. Read More Here

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