Putin’s next act
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty: Does it have a future?
What ‘Icarus’ tells us about Russia’s meddling in international affairs: A film screening & discussion
Putin is constrained resource-wise between the Ukraine and Syrian conflicts, and there is not much of an appetite among the Russian public for a more aggressive military engagement...Russians don’t want to see their young soldiers come back home in body bags.
After the end of his term, Putin could continue to rule from the shadows if Russia does not go the way of China, which just erased term limits for President Xi Jinping...It’s about installing Putin in the Russian history and his version of what Russia is as the founder of modern Russia, because that’s what he is now. And I think that’s the legacy that he’s most concerned with.
Today’s sanctions were predictable after the Mueller indictment, which identified specific Russians involved with the troll factory...However, these individuals are small fish. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the so-called ‘Putin’s chef’ in charge of the Internet Research Agency, was already on the U.S. sanctions list for his activities in Ukraine. The administration deserves credit for following through on their promise to impose new sanctions, but much more still needs to be done to realistically deter Russia.
It’s a good move by the administration to impose sanctions...but it’s still not enough to respond to growing Russian aggression.