Eurasia Center

Eurasia Center

Promoting policies that strengthen stability, democratic values, and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia, and Central Asia in the East.

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  • Building US nuclear energy independence: The Russia connection

    BUILDING US NUCLEAR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE: THE RUSSIA CONNECTION - As Western countries attempt to reduce Russia’s ability to use oil and natural gas as a tool of its foreign policy, nuclear fuel remains a source of Russian influence across the globe. Rosatom’s supply of nuclear fuel powers nuclear...

  • Report launch: Five scenarios for Russia’s future

    REPORT LAUNCH: FIVE SCENARIOS FOR RUSSIA’S FUTURE - Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has reverberated around the world, challenging many preconceived notions about Russia and the global order. Moscow’s war has sparked debate about the future of Ukraine, NATO, and Western institutions, but ...

  • Are Russia and North Korea forming a new arsenal of autocracy?

    Russian President Vladimir Putin opened 2024 with a barrage of airstrikes across Ukraine using a mixture of missiles and Iranian-made Shahed drones. The attack included the unwelcome addition of North Korean-supplied short-range ballistic missiles, a worrying development confirmed by both Washing...

  • How can rare earths help Central Asia’s energy transition?

    The development of many new technologies, particularly those crucial to the global energy transition, is dependent on rare earth elements (REEs), which has set off a global race to acquire them. With China holding a near monopoly on refining and mining REEs, assertive Chinese foreign policy has a...

  • The myth of the failed counteroffensive and accommodating an aggressive Kremlin

    Russia commenced 2024 with the biggest air and drone strikes since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, attacking civilians and infrastructure in cities including Kyiv and Kharkiv, as ammunition for Western-provided air defense runs out and debates continue in Washington on whether to provid...

  • Chairman of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk

    A CONVERSATION WITH CHAIRMAN OF THE VERKHOVNA RADA OF UKRAINE RUSLAN STEFANCHUK - We are at a critical point in Russia’s war in Ukraine. Vital American assistance to Ukraine is stalled in the US House of Representatives, and there is growing uniformed talk both about a stalemate on the battlefiel...

  • Promoting freedom in Belarus and transatlantic security

    PROMOTING FREEDOM IN BELARUS AND TRANSATLANTIC SECURITY - While global attention has focused on Putin’s war of aggression in Ukraine and Hamas’ savage attack on Israel, other authoritarians go about their business with less notice. In Belarus, dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka continues to stifle fr...

  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner on Ukraine

    BEYOND THE SCIF WITH HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE CHAIRMAN MIKE TURNER ON UKRAINE - Hamas’ savage attack on Israeli civilians may have put the Kremlin’s aggression in Ukraine on the media’s back pages, but it has not diminished the threat that Russia poses to American security...

  • From Washington to Avdiivka: What does 2024 hold for Ukraine?

    FROM WASHINGTON TO AVDIIVKA: WHAT DOES 2024 HOLD FOR UKRAINE? - Moscow’s war on Ukraine has always been about a lot more than just the fight on the battlefield. Ukraine has been able to prevent Russia’s seizure of Kyiv and Kharkiv and to take back more than 50% of Russian-conquered territory in p...

  • Moscow’s weaponization of food: Holodomor and blockage of grain exports today

    MOSCOW’S WEAPONIZATION OF FOOD: HOLODOMOR AND BLOCKAGE OF GRAIN EXPORTS TODAY - Ukraine is among the globe’s top exporters of crucial grains, including corn, wheat, barley, rapeseed, and soybeans, and was the world’s largest producer of sunflower oil prior to Russia’s full-scale invasion. Among k...

  • Changes in the House: Funding for Ukraine and war in the Middle East

    CHANGES IN THE HOUSE: FUNDING FOR UKRAINE AND WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST - On September 30, Congress passed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open until mid-November, averting a government shutdown with a 45-day funding extension. In the process, American national security priori...

  • How to defeat Putin and set Ukraine on the path to NATO

    PROTECTING US INTERESTS: HOW TO DEFEAT PUTIN AND SET UKRAINE ON THE PATH TO NATO - Next year’s NATO Summit in Washington, DC, will mark the 75th anniversary of the Alliance. At a time when the world faces the challenge of the increasing alignment between the world’s chief authoritarian powers—Rus...

  • What’s next for Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Karabakh?

    THE DAYS AFTER WAR: WHAT’S NEXT FOR ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, AND KARABAKH? - On September 19, Azerbaijani forces launched “anti-terrorist operations” in Nagorno-Karabakh in an attempt to dissolve the breakaway government of the region and assert Baku’s control. Azerbaijani forces shelled the region, ...

  • What’s next for Ukraine’s 2023 counteroffensive?

    WHAT’S NEXT FOR UKRAINE’S 2023 COUNTEROFFENSIVE? - Over the past three weeks, Ukraine’s three-month counteroffensive breached the first of Russia’s defensive lines in the south, took the town of Robotyne and made progress on the road to Tokmak, a key town in the direction of Melitopol. If Ukraini...

  • Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina on sports diplomacy during war

    UKRAINIAN TENNIS STAR ELINA SVITOLINA ON SPORTS DIPLOMACY DURING WAR - The Atlantic Council and the Women’s Foreign Policy Group (WFPG) hosted an #ACFrontPage conversation with Ukrainian tennis champion Elina Svitolina. CBS News’s Margaret Brennan moderated the discussion on the role of sports di...

  • What’s next on Ukraine’s path to NATO?

    AFTER VILNIUS: WHAT'S NEXT ON UKRAINE'S PATH TO NATO - On several accounts, the 2023 NATO Summit in Vilnius was an historic occasion, marking Finland’s participation as a full member for the first time, announcing Turkey’s agreement to ratify Sweden’s membership application, and explicitly recogn...

  • How can the US support Moldova’s Western aspirations?

    HOW CAN THE US SUPPORT MOLDVA'S WESTERN ASPIRATIONS? - In June 2022, Moldova officially received European Union candidate status alongside Ukraine, placing it on a clear trajectory towards the West and Euro-Atlantic institutions. Chișinău continues to reinforce this trend through continued deep e...

  • Putin's Prigozhin Problems

    PUTIN’S PRIGOZHIN PROBLEMS: HOW HAS POWER SHIFTED IN RUSSIA? - What is happening in Russia? On June 24, Wagner Group leader Yevgeniy Prigozhin announced his dissatisfaction with the way Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu was running the war in Ukraine, declared the reasons the Kremlin gave...

  • Belarus After Prigozhin

    AFTER PRIGOZHIN, WHAT’S NEXT FOR BELARUS? - Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka claims to have played a starring role in negotiating a settlement that halted Wagner Group leader Yevgeniy Prigozhin’s attempted mutiny and march on Moscow, and reportedly allowed the mercenary chief and some of...

  • How should the US reshape its Russia policy?

    HOW SHOULD THE US RESHAPE ITS RUSSIA POLICY? - Ukrainian forces’ stunning ability to resist Russia’s full-scale invasion has transformed the potential future of both Ukraine and Russia itself. The Kremlin’s large invasion in February of 2022 has left Russia more diplomatically and economically is...

  • Securing Ukraine’s future in NATO

    SECURING UKRAINE'S FUTURE IN NATO WITH ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN AND ANDRIY YERMAK - Join the Atlantic Council for an #ACFrontPage conversation with former Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who also previously served as Danish Prime Minister, and Andriy Yermak, head of the Office of th...

  • How successful has Ukraine’s counteroffensive been so far?

    HOW SUCCESSFUL HAS UKRAINE'S COUNTEROFFENSIVE BEEN SO FAR? - Ukraine began its long-anticipated counteroffensive in early June. Ukrainian forces have been striking at many points along the 1200-kilometer active front probing for weak spots in the fortifications that Moscow has had months to build...

  • Mélanie Joly, Canadian Foreign Minister

    A CONVERSATION WITH CANADIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MÉLANIE JOLY - Alongside the United States, Canada has played a role in rallying and maintaining Western support for Ukraine, while also confronting and condemning Russia for its illegal, unprovoked, and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine. Canada has c...

  • Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski: EU Perspectives on Food Security

    EU PERSPECTIVES ON FOOD SECURITY: A CONVERSATION WITH EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER FOR AGRICULTURE JANUSZ WOJCIECHOWSKI - This conversation took place at the approach of the one-year mark of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In addition to the horrific toll Russia’s brutality has taken on Ukraini...