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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Transformed Gas Markets Fuel US-Russian Rivalry, But Europe Plays Key Role Too
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.
The Collapsing Russian Defense Budget and Other Fairy Tales
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.