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Putin’s Legacy: Brezhnev Lite?

Andrew C. Kuchins December 13, 2017
Operating on the assumption of a Putin victory in 2018, we can assume two things: His early economic successes will be eclipsed by much weaker economic performance to come and we will not see significant change for the better in Russia’s relations with the West.
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From Cockroaches to Weather: What’s Russia Weaponizing?

RM Staff December 13, 2017
Everyone knows Russia has Kalashnikovs and intercontinental ballistic missiles in its arsenal. But in recent years it has been accused of weaponizing much, much more—from refugees and national trauma to media and its own population. Here's our list so far.
Analysis

After the INF Treaty: An Objective Look at US and Russian Compliance, Plus a New Arms Control Regime

Kevin Ryan December 07, 2017 RM Exclusives
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.
Blog
Putin’s Legacy: Brezhnev Lite?
December 13, 2017
Blog
From Cockroaches to Weather: What’s Russia Weaponizing?
December 13, 2017
Analysis
After the INF Treaty: An Objective Look at US and Russian Compliance, Plus a New Arms Control Regime
December 07, 2017
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Centrifugal Forces: Why Russian Oligarchs Remain Loyal to the Putin Government

David Szakonyi
Moscow has adeptly used carrots and sticks to bind the oligarchs to the regime. But now that the super-rich are more invested in domestic policies, they could start pushing for real reform. Can U.S. policies help?
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Analysis

The Balkans Between Russia and the West

Dimitar Bechev
Russia and the West are not locked in a life-and-death battle over the Balkans. The region is just a vulnerable periphery where Moscow can exert influence as part of a broader contest with the U.S and the EU.
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Latest US-Russian Effort on Syria: Good for Preventing Accidents, So-So for Everything Else

Nikolas K. Gvosdev
Trump and Putin’s joint statement at the APEC summit masks deep divisions between Moscow and Washington over how to resolve the conflict.
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Analysis

Dysfunction in US-Russia Relations

Matthew Rojansky
The U.S. has never had a less effective relationship with post-Soviet Russia than it does today. Yet not a single one of the threats posed by Moscow has a military solution. In fact, escalation carries unacceptable risks.
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US-Russia Policy 1 Year On: Experts Weigh In on Successes, Failures, Where to Go from Here

RM Experts
Our respondents agree, for the most part, that there have been few successes in the new administration’s dealings with Moscow. Their recommendations for moving forward are as varied as their backgrounds.
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Nuclear Dangers from North Korea: Managing the Risks to the US and Russia

Joshua H. Pollack
The risk of an American conflict with North Korea is growing, and along with it so is the risk of an accidental war between the two nuclear superpowers.
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Analysis

Hacking Power Grids: New Tactic of War or Wave of the Future?

Nadiya Kostyuk
Recent research suggests that cyberattacks have not yet become a force multiplier to conventional military tools in wartime, but this may very well change in coming years as countries invest in such capabilities.
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Russian-Saudi Rapprochement? Iran and Economic Strain Will Make It Tough

Mark N. Katz
Ties between Moscow and Riyadh remain fragile. Saudi Arabia’s main concern is Iran, while Russia wants both investment and sway in the Middle East. Balancing their geopolitical and economic interests will not be easy.
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For Putin’s 65th Birthday, Insights From America’s Top Experts on Russia

RM Staff
From NATO and Ukraine to the Cold War and history—a round-up of observations about the Russian president.
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Russian Military Buildup in the West: Fact Versus Fiction

Michael Kofman
Until 2014 Russia was largely cutting the number of troops on NATO's borders to move them elsewhere. The war with Ukraine changed that, reawakening Moscow to the possibility of a large-scale war on its western front.
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