News

Biden, Putin to Discuss Ukraine, Iran, Strategic Stability via Video Dec. 7, per Kommersant, as Russia Calls for Guarantees NATO Won’t Expand East

December 03, 2021
Among the issues the presidents are to discuss are Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iran, Libya, Syria, strategic stability and Russia’s calls for guarantees that NATO never expand eastward. This and more in our weekly news round-up.
Blog

6 Months On: Does the Biden-Putin Summit Get a Passing Grade?

Simon Saradzhyan December 01, 2021
Biden and Putin reportedly agreed to implement six items during their June 16 summit. Have enough been implemented to give the summit a passing grade, or will Biden give up on Putin (and vice versa)?
Blog

China’s Arctic Ambitions Could Make or Break US-Russian Relations in the Region

Ingrid Burke Friedman December 01, 2021
Russian wariness of China’s Arctic ambitions could provide novel opportunities for warming ties between Moscow and Washington.  
News
Biden, Putin to Discuss Ukraine, Iran, Strategic Stability via Video Dec. 7, per Kommersant, as Russia Calls for Guarantees NATO Won’t Expand East
December 03, 2021
Blog
6 Months On: Does the Biden-Putin Summit Get a Passing Grade?
December 01, 2021
Blog
China’s Arctic Ambitions Could Make or Break US-Russian Relations in the Region
December 01, 2021
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Analysis

Olaf Scholz on Russia

Seth Myers
In Germany's relations with Russia, Angela Merkel's successor has endorsed a new “European Ostpolitik,” or eastern policy, a reference to former SPD chancellors' attempts to ease relations with the Soviet Union through greater dialogue and diplomatic...
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Analysis

Why There Won’t Be a People’s Republic of Left-Bank Ukraine Just Yet

Simon Saradzhyan
Putin may have lost patience with Zelenskiy, but he is unlikely to give marching orders to Russian troops until he exhausts options with Biden.
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Analysis

Germany’s New-Old Approach to Russia: Strong in Rhetoric But Weak in Substance?

Liana Fix
To understand Germany’s future approach to Russia, look beyond it. Security and energy policy, more than foreign policy alone, will play an important role, and the repercussions of decisions in these areas will affect Russia’s leverage toward Europe....
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Analysis

NDAA-2022: How US Priorities Regarding Russia Have Shifted

Aleksandra Srdanovic
This comparison of all provisions of the enacted 2021 and proposed 2022 NDAAs that affect Russia, former Soviet republics and Baltic countries highlights how U.S. priorities regarding Russia have shifted in recent years.
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Analysis

Influence of the Defense Industry on US National Security Strategy

Matt Korda
The U.S. government has created a corporate juggernaut with inordinate influence over policy, particularly vis-à-vis Russia.
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Blog

Notes on Valdai 2021: Putin Touts Russia’s ‘Healthy Conservatism’

Angela Stent
The main messages from the meeting were that Russia, with its unique history and healthy conservative civilization, can offer solutions for a world where the West is in retreat.
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Analysis

Russia’s Defense Industry and Its Influence on Policy: Stuck in a Redistributive Feedback Loop

Pavel Luzin
In competing for government resources Russia’s defense corporations and the people affiliated with them become both beneficiaries and proponents of Moscow’s ongoing confrontation with the West.
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Analysis

A Greener Russia? Moscow’s Agenda at the COP26 Climate Summit

Anastasia Likhacheva
Russia managed to formulate three climate principles ahead of COP26 that its delegation is promoting in Glasgow and, most likely, will continue to long after the summit ends.
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Analysis

Can the United States Discourage Sino-Russian Alignment?

Center for the National Interest
Experts discuss Sino-Russian relations and what the United States can do to discourage Sino-Russian alignment against American interests.
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Analysis

Deeper US Engagement with Uzbekistan Stymied by Changing US Priorities, Russian Wariness

Scott Radnitz
After a long hiatus, Uzbekistan is back on America's radar, but any U.S. reengagement with Uzbekistan is likely to be short-lived and superficial.
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