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Understanding the Russo-Ukrainian War: A Guide From War on the Rocks

“We at War on the Rocks have curated this list of articles and podcasts to help you gain a deeper understanding of the history, drivers, background, and events of Russia’s massive assault on Ukraine. Whether you are a soldier or a student, a policymaker or a pundit, a teacher or a techie, this will be useful for you. Critically, these offerings help place the conflict in the broader context of relations and confrontations between Russia and the West. These resources go back to 2014 and are organized by focus: strategy and the military balance, diplomacy, history, resistance, nuclear weapons and arms control, cyber, energy, Russian politics, and more. This list will be updated regularly. If it’s not marked “MEMBERS ONLY,” it is free for you to read, listen, and share as much as you want…”

2022 Edelman Trust Barometer Special Report: The Geopolitical Business

“At a time when the world has been challenged by geopolitical conflict, economic uncertainty, climate threats and social inequalities, the stakes for business failing to take a stand and engage on societal and geopolitical issues has never been higher. The 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer Special Report: The Geopolitical Business, conducted in 14 countries with 14,000… Continue Reading

US Gun Production Triples Since 2000, Fueled by Handgun Purchases

The New York Times: “The United States is in the middle of a great gun-buying boom that shows no sign of letting up as the annual number of firearms manufactured has nearly tripled since 2000 and spiked sharply in the past three years, according to the first comprehensive federal tally of gun commerce in two… Continue Reading

Database of 231 videos exposes the horrors of war in Ukraine

Washington Post: “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is one of the most documented wars ever. Citizens, public officials and soldiers have posted videos every day that show the dead bodies in neighborhoods, the trails of missiles streaking through the skies and the smoldering ruins of entire towns. The Washington Post’s visual forensics team started to verify… Continue Reading

LLRX April 2022 Issue

Articles and Columns for April 2022 Web Guide for the New Economy 2022 – Accurate and actionable data on the economy is critical to many aspects of our research and scholarship. This guide by research expert Marcus P. Zillman provides researchers with links to information on a range of sources focused on new economy data and… Continue Reading

Nations in Transit 2022 From Democratic Decline to Authoritarian Aggression

2022 Nations in Transit Report Essays Overview Essay: From Democratic Decline to Authoritarian Aggression Exiting the Gray Zone Civil Society’s Many Faces In Eurasia’s Overripe Dictatorships, Longevity Means Instability “From Democratic Decline to Authoritarian Aggression – On February 24, Russian president Vladimir Putin launched a brutal invasion of Ukraine. This war, which has already displaced… Continue Reading

A shelter in Ukraine saved hundreds of cats and dogs — and a lion

Washington Post: “As Russian tanks neared Kyiv earlier this year, the capital’s suburbs were emptying fast. Terrified residents poured out; roads were gridlocked. Asya Serpinska walked the other way. The 77-year-old had spent two decades keeping her animal shelter going in Hostomel, a town northwest of Kyiv. With the threat of Russian occupation now looming,… Continue Reading

The FBI is breaking into corporate computers to remove malicious code – smart cyber defense or government overreach?

Via LLRX – The FBI is breaking into corporate computers to remove malicious code – smart cyber defense or government overreach? – Cybersecurity scholar Scott J. Shackelford discusses how the FBI has the authority right now to access privately owned computers without their owners’ knowledge or consent, and to delete software. It’s part of a government… Continue Reading

Arms Control and Nonproliferation: A Catalog of Treaties and Agreements

CRS Report – Arms Control and Nonproliferation: A Catalog of Treaties and Agreements, August 25, 2022: “Arms control and nonproliferation efforts are two of the tools that the United States has occasionally used to implement its national security strategy. Although some believe these tools do little to restrain the behavior of U.S. adversaries, while doing… Continue Reading

Ukraine Support Tracker

Kiel Institute for the World Economy: “A Database of Military, Financial and Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine – The Ukraine Support Tracker (Beta) lists and quantifies military, financial and humanitarian aid transferred by governments to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion on February 24, 2022. We focus on support by 31 Western governments, specifically by the G7 and… Continue Reading

Visualizing Ukraine’s Top Trading Partners and Products

Visual Capitalist: “International trade was equal to 65% of Ukraine’s GDP in 2020, totaling to $102.9 billion of goods exchanged with countries around the world. In 2014, Russia’s annexation of Crimea contributed to a 30% year-over-year drop in Ukraine’s 2015 trade value ($75.6B). Now, Ukraine’s international trade has been irreversibly disrupted since Russia’s full-scale invasion… Continue Reading

Japan researchers create online maps with satellite images to expose damage in Ukraine

The Mainichi: “A research team led by a University of Tokyo professor has created digital maps utilizing satellite images and other photos to show the reality of damaged areas in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion. Hidenori Watanave, information design professor at the University of Tokyo’s graduate school, said that by updating latest information online, internet… Continue Reading