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Stefan Meister
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is Head of Program for Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin.

Building resilience is the best way to counter Russian attempts to undermine Western democracy.


President-elect Trump’s relationship with Putin is likely to run into obstacles.


Moscow’s warnings of a “new Cold War” are out of sync with today’s realities.


The hard line on Vladimir Putin is weakening, in Germany and elsewhere.


Russia’s actions in Syria make a bad situation worse.


Don’t fall for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear grandstanding: economically, he has his back to the wall. The deployment of US troops and heavy weapons in Eastern Europe would only play into his hands.


Setting a positive agenda, reaching out to Russia’s remaining civil society, and pursuing a mixture of containment and engagement can build a more effective relationship with Russia over a long time frame.


The main cause of the conflict between Russia and the West lies in the internal legitimization deficit of Putin’s own system. A closer cooperation with Moscow’s Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) would not only undermine the EU’s values – the Kremlin is simply not interested. A reply to Mark Leonard’s and Ivan Krastev’s “The New European Disorder.”