News

Putin Suggests Riyadh Buy Russian Defense Systems to Protect Infrastructure; Ukraine Reportedly at Center of Whistleblower Complaint About Trump

September 20, 2019
Lavrov says groundless accusations against Iran over attacks on Saudi oil industry inflaming tensions; the whistleblower complaint involves Trump’s communications with a foreign leader and an alarming “promise.” More in our weekly news digest.
Analysis

Anders Aslund Examines Russia’s ‘Authoritarian Kleptocracy’

Chris Miller September 18, 2019 RM Exclusives
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.
Blog

Russian Population Decline in Spotlight Again

Daniel Shapiro and Natasha Yefimova-Trilling September 13, 2019
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 Kremlin, the country’s population decline more broadly is once again vexing the Russian leadership.
News
Putin Suggests Riyadh Buy Russian Defense Systems to Protect Infrastructure; Ukraine Reportedly at Center of Whistleblower Complaint About Trump
September 20, 2019
Analysis
Anders Aslund Examines Russia’s ‘Authoritarian Kleptocracy’
September 18, 2019
Blog
Russian Population Decline in Spotlight Again
September 13, 2019
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Analysis

Since Before Civil War, America Has Framed Russia in Terms of Domestic Politics

Ivan Kurilla
From the early 19th century to today, the “Russia” of American political construction is almost as far from the real Russia as the “America” of Russian propaganda is from the real United States.
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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

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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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

Experts on Putin: 20 Years in Power

RM Staff
Some of America’s best-informed experts on Russia offer a wealth of insights into President Vladimir Putin’s rule, objectives, historical context and personality.
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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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Blog

How High Is Risk of Nuclear War Between Russia and US?

Simon Saradzhyan
Former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz and former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn argue in a new Foreign Affairs article that the threat of nuclear war between Russia and the U.S. is higher now than at any point since the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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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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Analysis

Expert Survey: Is Nuclear Arms Control Dead or Can New Principles Guide It?

RM Staff
With the INF Treaty's end in sight, what arrangements could emerge from the rubble of U.S.-Russian arms control and what should be their guiding principles? Eight leading international experts weigh in.
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Analysis

Kissinger on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff
In a newly updated compilation of remarks—including excerpts from Winston Lord's 2019 book—the eminent U.S. statesman offers ways to reconcile America’s necessities with Russia’s concerns.
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