While 24/7 military and high-level contacts between the U.S. and Russia are crucial, they are no substitute for the kind of dialogue that remains out of reach. This and more in our latest analytical round-up.
Jihadists from Ex-Soviet Central Asia: Where Are They? Why Did They Radicalize? What Next?
Edward Lemon, Vera Mironova and William Tobey
Three authors draw on field work and other research to assess the motives, prospects and threats linked to Central Asian jihadists, including the thousands who joined Islamic State and other violent extremists in the Middle East.
Gangster Geopolitics: The Kremlin’s Use of Criminals as Assets Abroad
Since the worsening of relations with the West in 2014, the Kremlin has increasingly adopted a “mobilization state” approach, turning to any available foreign-policy levers. Gangsters are no exception.
Isolation and Reconquista: Russia’s Toolkit as a Constrained Great Power
As relations with the West languish, Moscow has built a dual strategy, positioning itself at once as beleaguered and triumphant, an alternative to the U.S.-led world order. In the short term, this is probably its best bet.
With Russia and the US, Nuclear Risks Never Go Out of Vogue
Jon B. Wolfsthal
Thirty-five years after Able Archer, the lack of sustained, high-level engagement with Russia risks once again putting America and its allies at unnecessary risk of a nuclear conflict no one wants or even expects.
After the INF Treaty: An Objective Look at US and Russian Compliance, Plus a New Arms Control Regime
Russia, according to U.S. officials, has violated the INF Treaty. The U.S. is on the verge of violating, if it has not already done so. What’s needed now is a new treaty focusing on warheads instead of delivery systems.