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Will the crisis be a wake-up call to reform the Russian economy?

Chris Weafer observes that the uniformly negative analysis of Russia’s economic prospects in 2015 obscure a crucial aspect, that the Russian economy may be forced into reforms that will improve growth in the long-term.

21 January 2015 | Chris Weafer
Euro-Atlantic Security|Economy|Energy|Russia|Sanctions
Commentary

Wither Russia: collapse and default on the cards for 2015?

Ben Aris argues that whilst the economic outlook for Russia in 2015 is bad, it is not disastrous. Russia still has the means to manage the current combination of a falling rouble and low oil prices, but requires major reforms if it is to avoid long-term stagnation.

19 January 2015 | Ben Aris
Euro-Atlantic Security|Economy|Energy|Russia|Russia-West Relations|Sanctions
Commentary

Pressure on Russia Will Not Benefit the West

Andrei Tsygankov, a Russian professor at San Fransisco State University, argues that Western sanctions in response to Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine are hurting the West, and failing to influence Russia.

17 November 2014 | Andrei P. Tsygankov
Euro-Atlantic Security|NATO|Russia|Russia-West Relations|Sanctions|Ukraine
Commentary

Putin in Brisbane: Down Under but Not Out

Dr William Pomeranz argues that the Brisbane meeting of the G20 is unlikely to change the calculus of any of the major actors in the Ukraine crisis, with Russia’s actions leaving it an outlier within the group of developed states.

12 November 2014 | William Pomeranz
Global Security|Diplomacy|Economy|Russia|Russia-West Relations|Sanctions|Ukraine
Commentary

Sanctions are not Enough

Ian Kearns, Director of the ELN, argues that sanctions are not enough and calls for a wider strategic response designed to bring Putin to the negotiating table.

22 July 2014 | Ian Kearns
Euro-Atlantic Security|Diplomacy|Eastern Europe|Russia|Russia-West Relations|Sanctions|Security|Ukraine