CSIS – The Kremlin Playbook 2 – The Enablers – March 11th

Schieffer Series: The Kremlin Playbook 2: The Enablers

A discussion with Heather Conley,  Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and Director, Europe Program, CSIS

Juan Zarate,  Senior Adviser, Transnational Threats Project and Human Rights Initiative, CSIS

Moderated by Bob Schieffer, CSIS Trustee

Monday, March 11, 2019
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Center for Strategic & International Studies
1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

The CSIS Europe Program, in partnership with the Center for the Study of Democracy, is releasing The Kremlin Playbook 2: The Enablers. It builds on the first Kremlin Playbook, which described the patterns of Russian economic influence in five Central and Eastern European countries. This new report, with six new case studies, exposes how countries can either be targets or enablers of Russian malign economic influence by allowing their financial systems to shelter profits for Russian companies and facilitate tax avoidance or illicit financial activity in Europe. The Kremlin Playbook 2 highlights the nexus between illicit finance and national security, describes the adaption of Russian tactics, and underscores the democratic imperative of greater institutional transparency against complex illicit schemes.

The panel will discuss the ongoing challenge of Russian economic influence in Europe and what the transatlantic community must do to counter these tactics, from new legislation and organizational structures to better governmental prioritization and targeted action.