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Snapshot Analysis: Trump, NATO, Russia

Nikolas K. Gvosdev May 26, 2017 RM Exclusives
The U.S. president has left officials in Brussels, Moscow and even Washington guessing whether there has been a fundamental shift in how the White House sees NATO’s focus and mission.
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A Sino-Russian Military-Political Alliance Would Be Bad News for America

Simon Saradzhyan May 12, 2017 RM Exclusives
Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing signals growing Russian support for China’s OBOR initiative and even the far-off prospect of a Sino-Russian alliance. America would be wise to gently pull Moscow from Beijing’s embrace.
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A Strategy for (Modestly Increasing the Chance of) Saving the INF Treaty

James M. Acton May 11, 2017 RM Exclusives
While it’s highly unlikely that Russia will return to compliance with the INF Treaty, the U.S. should make every effort to save the agreement by creating three realities that Moscow can’t ignore.
Snapshot Analysis: Trump, NATO, Russia
May 26, 2017
A Sino-Russian Military-Political Alliance Would Be Bad News for America
May 12, 2017
A Strategy for (Modestly Increasing the Chance of) Saving the INF Treaty
May 11, 2017
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Assessing the Damage of the President’s Intelligence Sharing with Russia

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen
Sadly, at a time when Donald Trump needed coordination with the intelligence community, his actions have undermined its trust. This does not serve U.S. security interests.
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As China Rises, Russia Tries to Make the Best of a Tough Situation

Jeanne L. Wilson
Beijing’s giant trade and transit initiative, called One Belt, One Road, symbolizes a shifting balance of global power, and Moscow is casting about for a decent spot in the new order.
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In France, Would a Macron Victory Spell Defeat for Putin? Or a Shift to ‘Multipolarity’?

Mathew Burrows
Russia will not necessarily suffer from a Macron victory in France. In fact, if it’s willing to accept a stronger Europe, it may get a bit of the multipolarity and pragmatism it has long sought.
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Russia Looks Out for Own Interests in Europe’s Elections But Risks Long-Term Blowback

Yuval Weber
Liberals worry about Russian meddling in elections from France to Bulgaria. But Moscow didn’t create Euro-skepticism; it's just good at exploiting existing fissures in Western societies—and has been for a long time. Here's where that may lead.
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Snapshot Analysis: Putin’s Overture to Trump on Syria

Simon Saradzhyan
In proposing safe zones, Russia wants to woo the U.S. into better coordination of diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syria conflict. The plan has already brought some dividends.
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Russian Defense Spending: Tricky Math

Olga Oliker
With Russia flexing its military muscle, analysts are increasingly interested in how much Moscow is spending on weapons. This explainer lays out the factors that make those numbers hard to crunch.
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25 Years of US-Russia Relations: What Went Wrong and Can It Go Right?

RM Staff
A quarter century after the Soviet collapse, bilateral tensions are higher than hoped. Here, a score of esteemed Russia watchers explore the lessons learned, the role of diplomatic and commercial ties and the prospects for improvement.
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Tillerson in Moscow: A Welcome Return to Reality

Nikolas K. Gvosdev
The U.S. secretary of state's visit to Moscow should mark the end of fantastical assumptions in both countries and the start of a sober, pragmatic process to root relations in a firm foundation.
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For Russia and America, Election Interference Is Nothing New: 25 Stories

Arjun Kapur and Simon Saradzhyan
As headlines scream about Russia’s “unprecedented” interference in U.S. politics, it’s helpful to get some historical perspective on how often countries try to tinker with each other’s elections.
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Snapshot Analysis: Was Chemical Attack in Syria Meant to Drive Wedge Between US and Russia?

Simon Saradzhyan
The U.S. strikes against Syria have sharply escalated tensions between Moscow and Washington, but the two can still mend fences and work toward peace in Syria.
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