News

Russia Lags Behind West in Trade With Africa, but Is Its Biggest Arms Supplier / U.S. Statesmen Call for Preservation of Open Skies Treaty

October 21, 2019
Stronski writes Russia can’t match its competitors in trade with or aid to Africa, while Stanley and Fletcher highlight Russia has become the continent’s biggest arms supplier. More in our latest analytical round-up.
Blog

Forget US-Russian Friendship: Let’s Foster ‘Predictable Competition’

Thomas Schaffner October 16, 2019
George Beebe, former director of the CIA’s Russia analysis program, warns that the danger of nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia is not a threat consigned to the history books.
Blog

Valdai 2019: The Dawn of the East and the World Political Order

Angela Stent October 11, 2019
This year, unlike at all its previous meetings, Russia’s high-profile international discussion club for dignitaries and academics ignored the West, focusing entirely on Russia, Asia and the Middle East.
News
Russia Lags Behind West in Trade With Africa, but Is Its Biggest Arms Supplier / U.S. Statesmen Call for Preservation of Open Skies Treaty
October 21, 2019
Blog
Forget US-Russian Friendship: Let’s Foster ‘Predictable Competition’
October 16, 2019
Blog
Valdai 2019: The Dawn of the East and the World Political Order
October 11, 2019
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Analysis

Fearing and Ignoring Russia: A Recipe for Trouble

Paul Saunders
Historian Mark Smith’s provocative book won’t give the U.S. a policy to manage its relationship with Russia, but it does offer some valuable guidance in thinking about strategic solutions.
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Analysis

How Much Did Orthodox Church Help Revive Russia’s Military and Nuclear Complex?

Dmitry Gorenburg
A highly readable and informative new book by Dmitry Adamsky sheds light on a woefully understudied topic—the relationship between Russia’s Orthodox Church and its military—while raising many questions worthy of further study.
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Analysis

John Mearsheimer on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

Thomas Schaffner
When Americans find their domestic politics the target of foreign interference, "they become deeply committed to the principle of self-determination." Not surprisingly, writes leading American international relations scholar John Mearsheimer, "so do ...
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Analysis

How the US Managed, and Mismanaged, Russia: A Superstar Diplomat Tells His Story

Graham Allison
William Burns’ new book describes his warnings to the Bush administration that pushing for NATO membership for Georgia and Ukraine would spur Moscow to use armed force in the former and to meddle in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
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Analysis

Anders Aslund Examines Russia’s ‘Authoritarian Kleptocracy’

Chris Miller
Corruption is a feature, not a bug, of the Russian political system, and self-enrichment is crucial to understanding why Russia’s leaders make the decisions that they do, Aslund argues in his new book.
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Analysis

George Kennan on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff
From the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which will see its 80th anniversary this week, to the beginning of the 21st century, Kennan's views on America's Cold War rival went far beyond the "containment" policy for which he is perhaps best known.
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Blog

China and Russia in Central Asia: A Tricky Balance

Daniel Shapiro
As China has expanded its reach in ex-Soviet Central Asia, with tens of billions of dollars in investment, the region’s reactions combine apprehension, enthusiasm and a search for both opportunities and counterbalances.
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Analysis

Jihadists from Ex-Soviet Central Asia: Where Are They? Why Did They Radicalize? What Next?

Edward Lemon, Vera Mironova and William Tobey
Three authors draw on field work and other research to assess the motives, prospects and threats linked to Central Asian jihadists, including the thousands who joined Islamic State and other violent extremists in the Middle East.
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Russian Population Decline in Spotlight Again

Daniel Shapiro and Natasha Yefimova-Trilling
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin lamented the population decline in the country’s Far East, saying it falls in an “alarming, red zone.” While this region, which borders China, may raise particularly acute demographic concerns for the Kreml...
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Analysis

Angela Stent on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff
One of the West’s leading experts on Russia offers perspectives from a distinguished career in academia and government.
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