Damir's interests include American foreign policy, interventionism, human rights, as well as the history and politics of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Originally born in Croatia, he is also working on issues surrounding the Western Balkans as a Senior Nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
Despite pleading for clemency by Ukrainians with ties to Vladimir Putin, Russian courts have extended the arrest of Ukrainian seamen captured in the Kerch Strait late last year. TAI recently sat down with Ilya Novikov, a human rights lawyer representing one of the captive sailors, to talk about the case—and about how Russia’s corrupt legal system functions. Our thanks to the Free Russia Foundation for organizing the interview.
Robert Kagan’s The Jungle Grows Back might be one of the most revealing foreign policy books of 2018. Its greatest value isn’t in its prescriptions, however, but rather in the fact that it stumbles upon a deeper truth about our current moment.