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McFate Speaks With Newsweek About the Exodus of Wagner Group Soldiers

March 24, 2023

"Most of the old guard have sought to remain in places like Mali, or in Africa, away from the Ukraine fight, because the guys I talked to before the invasion were not supportive of the invasion," says Sean McFate, adjunct professor in Maxwell's Washington programs.

Murrett Discusses the Putin-Xi Moscow Summit with the Associated Press, Daily Mail

March 22, 2023

The Moscow summit has the effect of underscoring and reinforcing the status of “Russia as a junior partner with China—economically, militarily and diplomatically,” Robert Murrett, professor of practice of public administration and international affairs, tells the Associated Press.

McFate Talks to Newsweek About the Rift Between the Wagner Group and the Russian Military

March 15, 2023

"There's an ongoing public split between Wagner and the Russian military, and both sides are looking for symbolic wins," says Sean McFate, adjunct professor in Maxwell's Washington programs.

Williams Piece on Putin’s Fear of Democracy Published in the Atlantic Council UkraineAlert Blog

March 10, 2023

"Putin has always known that NATO poses no credible security threat to Russia itself. Since the end of the Cold War, NATO’s force posture and the U.S. military presence in Europe have greatly declined, reducing any potential military threat to Russia. What really scares the Russian elite is the spread of democracy," argues Michael John Williams, associate professor of public administration and international affairs.

See related: Conflict, NATO, Russia, Ukraine

Taylor Discusses Russian Political Stability at CNAS Forum and in Washington Times Article

March 6, 2023

As we pass the one-year anniversary of Russia’s war in Ukraine, numerous factors such as the Russian military’s poor performance, Putin’s botched mobilization, mounting casualties, economic challenges resulting from sanctions and export controls, and increasingly visible elite fissures are raising questions about the political stability of the Russian regime. Brian Taylor, professor of political science, weighs in.

One Year Later: Taylor Talks to WRVO About the Invasion Into Ukraine

February 27, 2023

For Brian Taylor, professor of political science, the biggest take from the one-year anniversary is Ukraine is still standing. "A year ago a lot of people might not have expected that, given Russia’s size, the size of the population, the size of its army, the size of its economy," Taylor says.

See related: Conflict, NATO, Russia, Ukraine

Murrett Weighs in on the Biggest Setbacks for Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine in Newsweek Article

February 24, 2023

Robert Murrett, professor of practice of public administration and international affairs, says that at the strategic level, the biggest setback for Putin is "the huge casualties that the Russians have taken." 

Taylor Speaks with La Presse About the War in Ukraine, Russia’s Persistence

February 22, 2023

The concentration of troops in the east of the country shows that the Russian president has not given up on his goal of enslaving Ukraine despite multiple setbacks since the launch of the invasion, says Brian Taylor, professor of political science.

See related: Conflict, Russia, Ukraine

Williams Reacts to the US Deployment of Tanks to Ukraine in Atlantic Council Article

February 6, 2023

"The decision of Germany to allow allies to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, as well as Berlin dispatching its own bilateral donation, is a significant symbol of allied commitment to Ukraine, but the implications of this move should not be exaggerated," says Michael Williams, associate professor of public administration and international affairs.

Jacobson Speaks with MSNBC About Prigozhin, Emergence of Mercenary Fighting in Ukraine

January 20, 2023

A paramilitary outfit is making gains for Russia in eastern Ukraine. The Wagner Group, as the militia is known, is operated by Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin. Mark Jacobson, assistant dean for Washington programs, discussed the situation with MSNBC.

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