Special Report: The Ukraine Crisis’ Regional Fallout

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The effects of Russia’s military takeover of Crimea are being felt far beyond Ukraine’s now-disputed borders. The crisis has put a spotlight on NATO, placing it once again at the center of European security discussions. For Russia, the move into Ukraine comes with great risk, as Moscow’s control of European energy supplies has weakened in recent years while a long-running military modernization program has yet to transform Russian forces. And in Washington, next steps depend on an assessment of exactly where U.S. interests lie. This special report reviews the key regional actors in the Ukraine crisis through recently published articles.

European Security

EU-U.S. Summit Draws Focus Back to U.S. Engagement in Europe’s Security
By Eric Auner
March 27, 2014

As Ukraine Crisis Escalates, NATO Reinforces Its Eastern Front
By Richard Weitz
March 20, 2014

U.N. and OSCE May Offer Least-Bad Options in Ukraine
By Richard Gowan
March 3, 2014

EU-Russia Collision Not Inevitable in Post-Soviet Space
By Matthew Rojansky
Feb. 7, 2014

Russia’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Russia’s Ukraine Invasion Signifies a Changing Global Order
By Steven Metz
March 5, 2014

Russia Gambling That Ukraine Crisis Can Revert to Familiar Script
By Richard Weitz
March 4, 2014

Putin’s Failure in Ukraine Could Worsen Syria Crisis
By Richard Gowan
Feb. 24, 2014

Russia’s Energy Leverage Over Europe, Ukraine Considerably Diminished
Interview with Keith Smith
March 4, 2014

Oil Sector a Challenge for Russia, Opportunity for U.S.
By Richard Weitz
Jan. 29, 2013

Russia’s Defense Industry Purges Reformers
By Richard Weitz
Nov. 13, 2012

Russia’s Putin Seeks Western Weapons
By Richard Weitz
March 20, 2012

U.S. Interests

Crimea Crisis Puts the Lie to America’s Long-Term Planning
By Nikolas Gvosdev
March 28, 2014

Planning the U.S. Military Response to Russian Revanchism
By Steven Metz
March 26, 2014

Crimea Crisis Shows That Norms Still Matter
By Heather Hurlburt
March 24, 2014

Obama Must Choose What Comes Next for U.S.-Russia
By Nikolas Gvosdev
March 7, 2014

Despite Rift, U.S. and Russia Seek to Keep Arms Control On Track
Eric Auner
March 26, 2014

Is America Prepared to Sacrifice for Crimea?
By Nikolas Gvosdev
March 21, 2014

On Ukraine, Obama Tethered to Domestic Politics
By Nikolas Gvosdev
March 14, 2014

For U.S., Keeping Ukraine on Side No Longer a Vital Interest
By Nikolas Gvosdev
Dec. 13, 2013

Regional Factors

Crimea Highlights Risks, Uncertainties of Georgia’s Turn to West
By Michael Cecire
April 1, 2014

Friend and Threat: Ukraine Crisis Confronts Belarus’ Lukashenko With Russia Dilemma
By David Klion
March 21, 2014

In Ukraine Crisis, Central Asia Sees Twofold Threat
By Joshua Kucera
March 17, 2014

Turkey’s Russia Policy Put to the Test by Ukraine Crisis
By Richard Weitz
March 18, 2014

In Ukraine Crisis, China Chooses Russia Ties Over Principles
By Richard Weitz
March 11, 2014

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