Analysis

Sam Nunn: 'We Have a Choice Between Cooperation or Catastrophe'

Mariana Budjeryn June 20, 2017 RM Exclusives
The veteran U.S. lawmaker, who played a key role in dismantling and safeguarding the nuclear weapons of a disintegrating Soviet Union, reflects on the program’s motives, impact and shortcomings.
Analysis

4 US Ambassadors Offer a Positive Agenda for US-Russian Relations

John R. Beyrle, James F. Collins, Jack F. Matlock, Jr. and Alexander R. Vershbow June 19, 2017 Partner Posts
Bilateral ties are in crisis, with a trust level “below zero.” The stakes are too high to let relations deteriorate further. Here are several areas of potential cooperation.
Analysis

For Washington, Russia Makes Afghanistan Mess Even Messier

Jeffrey Mankoff June 14, 2017 RM Exclusives
As U.S. military efforts meet with little success, Russia has taken a much more active approach to Afghanistan, building bridges with the Taliban and hoping to enhance its role in the region.
Analysis
Sam Nunn: 'We Have a Choice Between Cooperation or Catastrophe'
June 20, 2017
Analysis
4 US Ambassadors Offer a Positive Agenda for US-Russian Relations
June 19, 2017
Analysis
For Washington, Russia Makes Afghanistan Mess Even Messier
June 14, 2017
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25 Years of Nuclear Security Cooperation by the US, Russia and Other Newly Independent States: A Timeline

Mariana Budjeryn, Simon Saradzhyan and William Tobey
At a time when the U.S. and the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union still saw each other as mortal enemies, they found the courage, creativity and capacity for trust to work together in the name of preventing nuclear catastrophe.
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Analysis

Taking the Edge off U.S.-Russia Strategic Relations

Steven Pifer
Now that the U.S. and Russia have agreed to resume talks on strategic stability, they should begin them as soon as possible in order to prevent a conflict with dire consequences.
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Analysis

Brzezinski on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff
The former presidential advisor on national security retained a deep skepticism about Russia’s aims and intentions, even when calling on the U.S. to integrate it into the West.
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Blog

Poll: Russians See Biggest WMD Threats Coming From US, Al-Qaida, 'Chechens'

Simon Saradzhyan
Some fascinating insights into ordinary Russians’ thinking about nuclear-, biological- and chemical-weapons threats to their country on the new Russia Matters blog.
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Analysis

Snapshot Analysis: Trump, NATO, Russia

Nikolas K. Gvosdev
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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Analysis

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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Analysis

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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Analysis

A Sino-Russian Military-Political Alliance Would Be Bad News for America

Simon Saradzhyan
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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Analysis

A Strategy for (Modestly Increasing the Chance of) Saving the INF Treaty

James M. Acton
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.
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Analysis

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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