Analysis

In Helsinki, Trump Takes ‘Do No Harm’ Approach to Russia on 2 Issues: Syria and Energy

Nikolas K. Gvosdev July 17, 2018 RM Exclusives
For now, at least, the U.S. will not help its Middle Eastern and European allies pursue their own engagement with Moscow, but will not interfere with it a great deal either.
News

Bershidsky: In Helsinki, Trump's Comments Reveal No Concessions, No Attempts at Negotiation

July 16, 2018
The U.S. president did nothing that could be construed as undermining U.S. interests as traditionally understood, writes columnist Leonid Bershidsky. This and much more in the latest Russia Analytical Report.
Analysis

Trump on Russia: In His Own Words

RM Staff July 13, 2018 RM Exclusives
From election interference and the war in Syria to praise for Putin and weaponized cold snaps, read over two years' worth of the president’s comments on Russia.
Analysis
In Helsinki, Trump Takes ‘Do No Harm’ Approach to Russia on 2 Issues: Syria and Energy
July 17, 2018
News
Bershidsky: In Helsinki, Trump's Comments Reveal No Concessions, No Attempts at Negotiation
July 16, 2018
Analysis
Trump on Russia: In His Own Words
July 13, 2018
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Analysis

Survey: What Can We Expect From the Trump-Putin Summit?

RM Experts
Eight experts weigh in on prospects for the two presidents’ first official bilateral summit. All agree that improving U.S.-Russian relations will be a slow process requiring patient work.
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Analysis

Time for a Helsinki Communique

Thomas Graham
The Shanghai Communique of 1972 dispensed with worn-out platitudes about cooperation and laid out the disputes between the U.S. and China. Doing so gave it an air of credibility. So what would a U.S.-Russian Helsinki Communique look like?
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Blog

Ukraine’s ‘Creeping Advances’: A Win-Win Tactic?

Huseyn Aliyev
For more than two years Ukraine has been quietly “de-occupying” a gray zone between its troops and Russian-backed separatists. No matter how Russia and the West respond, Ukraine’s leadership stands to benefit.
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Analysis

Terror Threat from Russian-Speaking Jihadists Won’t End with World Cup, and the West Should Care

Jean-François Ratelle
The war in Syria has greatly expanded Russian-speaking extremist groups’ transnational networks in Europe and beyond, posing an international counterterrorism challenge for years to come.
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Analysis

Measuring National Power: Is Vladimir Putin’s Russia in Decline?

Simon Saradzhyan and Nabi Abdullaev
Russia’s standing in the world—both real and perceived—has a profound impact on U.S. security and policies, as well as on Moscow's actions. This report offers a unique quantitative stocktaking of Russia’s national power.
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Analysis

China-Russia Relations: Same Bed, Different Dreams?

Simon Saradzhyan and Ali Wyne
China and Russia’s shared interests have brought them closer together, but growing disparities between the two make a formal alliance unlikely, unless two conditions emerge—including a weakened, isolated Russia.
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Analysis

Transformed Gas Markets Fuel US-Russian Rivalry, But Europe Plays Key Role Too

Morena Skalamera
The new U.S. role as a gas exporter is not a magic antidote to Russia’s “gas dominance” in Europe. But Moscow has largely been forced to play by market rules thanks to a huge, underappreciated effort by Brussels.
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Analysis

The Collapsing Russian Defense Budget and Other Fairy Tales

Michael Kofman
Recent reports claiming Russia slashed defense spending by 20 percent from 2016 to 2017 are wrong, the author argues. They stem from a government decision to pay down old debt, not actual cuts to spending.
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Analysis

Nuclear Arms Control and US-Russia Relations

Sarah Hummel and Andrey Baklitskiy
Looking at U.S. and Russian perspectives on five key challenges to cooperation on nuclear arms control, the authors offer policy recommendations for improving the increasingly strained relationship.
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Analysis

Can Moscow Mediate Between Israel and Iran in Syria?

Mark N. Katz
As tensions between Iran and Israel rise to new heights, Russia finds itself in a tricky position—trying to balance between two states that are friendly with Moscow but mortal enemies to each other.
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