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World Affairs Council: Is Putin Rebuilding a Russian Empire?

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

What explains Vladimir Putin’s obsession with Ukraine? The answer involves a mix of history, geography, and the Russian leader’s desire to restore glory to the former Soviet superpower. This week, World Affairs is looking at three pieces of the puzzle– Belarus, Georgia, and Armenia–and how each post-communist republic’s struggle to define itself as a democracy can be understood in light of war in Ukraine.