The State of Sanctions Against Russia

By Mary Hopkins As the situation on the ground in Ukraine changes from day to day, so too must the U.S. response. In the absence of direct military engagement – which the U.S. is keen to avoid – the Biden administration has worked with the EU, the U.K., Canada, and Australia to create the largest... Continue Reading →

Putin’s Russia is Approaching its High-Water Mark, and He Shot the Post-War World Order Getting There

By Jacob Levitan  The television or the refrigerator is the Soviet twist on Rome’s panem et circenses method of placating the people. The regime can offer either thrilling television of Russia’s exploits or provide a full refrigerator, but not both. Since the Arab Spring, Russian TVs have shown Russian forces challenging the U.S.-led, rules-based world... Continue Reading →

A Conversation About Nagorno-Karabakh

By Mary Hopkins and Jacob Levitan On Nov. 10, 2020, Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders met in Moscow to sign a Russian-mediated ceasefire that ended the 2nd Nagorno-Karabakh War. One year on, two Johns Hopkins SAIS organizations -- the Global Security and Conflict Management Club and the Central Asia and Caucasus Club -- organized a panel... Continue Reading →

On Creating a Catalan Future: An Interview with Dr. Victòria Alsina, Minister of Foreign Action and Open Government in Catalonia

By Mary Hopkins In the aftermath of another tumultuous and violent crisis over Catalan independence, the government of Catalonia now looks abroad for support.  After leading the Catalan delegation to the United States, Dr. Victòria Alsina was appointed the Minister of Foreign Action and Open Government in Catalonia in May 2021. Born in Barcelona, Alsina... Continue Reading →

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