Category: Russia

How to fix troubled democracies: resilience & adaptability

     

There is no single explanation for democracy’s travails. Rather, a set of forces have come together to make it more difficult to knit together cohesive societies and governing coalitions. The… Read more »

Political competition between governance systems is ‘nothing new’

     

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those… Read more »

Putin’s ‘backhanded tribute to democracy’: A global template for new authoritarians?

     

Russian President Vladimir Putin named a new prime minister, who was confirmed (Reuters) one day after his predecessor resigned along with Russia’s entire cabinet. Putin also proposed changes (FT) in… Read more »

Russia ‘gives China a leg up’ in information warfare

     

  The Kremlin’s RT broadcasting service has stepped into the fray between the U.S. and Beijing and provided access to a tool of a sort that China’s Communist Party is… Read more »

Kremlin kleptocracy’s lawfare undermining rule of law

     

  The scale of Russian interference in the English judiciary is such that it now constitutes a “critical national security threat” according to a prominent British lawyer. The observation by… Read more »

‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian disinfo undermining confidence in democracy

     

Can you win an election without digital skulduggery? the FT’s Gillian Tett asks in a must-read analysis. As the 2019 documentary The Great Hack shows, [recent election] campaigns featured a… Read more »

‘Demand for Deceit’: What drives disinformation

     

Russian operatives and other foreign actors are deliberately targeting U.S. troops and veterans with online disinformation amplified on a massive scale, according to a leading veterans group,  The Washington Post… Read more »

Russia’s ‘Internyet’: Beginning of the end of the open era?

     

The United States “needs to be prepared for retaliation in the hard cyber space and soft information space” after killing Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, says a top expert at the… Read more »

Kremlin running scared? Russia’s regions ‘in revolt’

     

While Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrates 20 years in the Kremlin and poses as a powerful world leader, his Russian Federation is showing increasing signs of fracture, according to Janusz Bugajski, a senior… Read more »

Setback for autocrats use of sharp power to subvert the West

     

Zdenek Hrib had been in office for only a couple of months when he first locked horns with Beijing. The youthful mayor of Prague was welcoming diplomats to a reception… Read more »