May 08, 2020

A Strongman Brand Others Can Emulate

By Andrea Kendall-Taylor

For the past 20 years, Putin has been driven principally by his desire to maintain power. To this end, he has weakened the state, eliminated competition, and personalized Russia’s political system. While an older generation of Russians credit Putin for helping Russia overcome the turmoil of the 1990s, in reality he has turned the country into a kleptocracy that does not work for ordinary Russians. As he has grown more paranoid about threats to his power—internal and external, real and imagined—Putin has suppressed the freedoms of Russians, increasingly through an arsenal of digital tactics.

Read the full article in Foreign Policy.

  • Commentary
    • The Washington Post
    • October 13, 2020
    No, Trump has not been ‘tough’ on Russia

    The simple fact is that even harsh-looking sanctions have little impact when there’s zero political will to enforce them....

    By Edward Fishman , James Lamond & Max Bergmann

  • Podcast
    • October 9, 2020
    Prospects for Democracy in Belarus, with Judy Dempsey and Jonathan Katz

    Judy Dempsey and Jonathan Katz join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss the ongoing protests in Belarus and the country’s prospects for a democratic political tr...

    By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend, Judy Dempsey & Jonathan Katz

  • Commentary
    • October 5, 2020
    Enlisting NATO to Address the China Challenge

    Moving forward, the DoD should enlist NATO in efforts to address the China challenge....

    By Carisa Nietsche, Jim Townsend & Andrea Kendall-Taylor

  • Commentary
    • August 31, 2020
    Addressing Deepening Russia-China Relations

    Russia-China cooperation increases the challenge that each country poses to the United States....

    By Andrea Kendall-Taylor & Jeffrey Edmonds

View All Reports View All Articles & Multimedia