Analysis

US-Russian Contention in Cyberspace: Are Rules of the Road Necessary or Possible?

Lauren Zabierek, Christie Lawrence, Miles Neumann and Pavel Sharikov June 10, 2021 RM Exclusives
Strategic thinkers in both countries have raised the idea of cyber “rules of the road.” This exploratory paper considers whether such an agreement is feasible, comparing American and Russian perspectives.
News

RF Envoy to PRC says Russia closer to China when asked which side it’d take in US-PRC war, Moscow Denounces US-RF Memorandum on Free Movement of Diplomats

June 11, 2021
RF Envoy to PRC says Russia closer to China when asked which side it’d take in US-PRC war; Moscow denounces US-RF memorandum on free movement of diplomats; US is RF’s 4th largest trading partner outside FSU; and more in our weekly news digest.
Analysis

Potential Fruits of the Biden-Putin Summit

Simon Saradzhyan June 04, 2021 RM Exclusives
At the Putin-Biden summit, both sides will likely be looking for low-hanging fruits—issues they can easily agree upon that stand to advance U.S. and Russian interests with minimal concessions. In our latest exclusive, Simon Saradzhyan considers low-hanging fruits, like scientific cooperation, and more ambitious topics, such as rules of the road in the cyber domain.
Analysis
US-Russian Contention in Cyberspace: Are Rules of the Road Necessary or Possible?
June 10, 2021
News
RF Envoy to PRC says Russia closer to China when asked which side it’d take in US-PRC war, Moscow Denounces US-RF Memorandum on Free Movement of Diplomats
June 11, 2021
Analysis
Potential Fruits of the Biden-Putin Summit
June 04, 2021
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Poll Indicates Almost Half of Young Russians Ready to Move Abroad for Good

RM Staff
The number of Russians considering relocating abroad has hit recent highs the likes of which haven't been seen in a decade, according to a new Levada Center poll.
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Analysis

Russia’s Competing Policy Interests in Syria and the Middle East

Mark N. Katz
Amid its ongoing military intervention in Syria, Russia’s role is complicated by conflicting policy goals pursued other actors in the country.
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Analysis

The US-Russia-China Triangle

Sean's Russia Blog
In this episode of Sean's Russia Blog, host Sean Guillory talks with Thomas Graham about the new “Cold War,” the United States, Russia and China.
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Analysis

How Disastrous Would Disconnection From SWIFT Be for Russia?

Maria Shagina
Seven years after threats were first made to cut Russia off from SWIFT, how well is Russia prepared to cope with disconnection from Western payment systems?
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Analysis

Macron’s Dialogue With Russia: A French Attempt to Fix the European Security Architecture

Juliette Faure
While Macron has attempted to shape Europe’s strategic autonomy in the management of its eastern neighborhood, lack of support from the EU has impeded the success of this policy, as has Russian behavior throughout 2020.
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Analysis

Stoner’s Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment of Russia’s New Strength

Paul Saunders
Kathryn E. Stoner's effort to measure Russia’s power comprises the bulk of her new book and provides a generally helpful overview of the country’s capabilities despite some limitations.
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Analysis

Displaced Conflict: Russia’s Qualified Success in Combatting Insurgency

Mark Youngman and Cerwyn Moore
In both Syria and the North Caucasus, Russia claims success in fighting insurgency and terrorism. Closer examination, however, shows this “success” carries major caveats and is more illusory than it first appears.
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Blog

Russians Largely Blame US, NATO Allies for Escalation of Tensions Near Ukraine

RM Staff
Almost half of Russians blame the U.S. and its NATO allies for the escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine, according to the results of a poll released April 29 by Russia’s leading independent pollster, the Levada Center.
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Analysis

US SolarWinds Response Unlikely to Change Russia’s Behavior, Highlights Need for Improved Cyber Defense

Paul Kolbe
However powerful our offensive cyber capability is, it has deterred neither China’s sustained campaign to erode our advantages nor Russia’s asymmetric use of low-cost tools to extract high-value intelligence, propaganda and political advantage.
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Analysis

Victoria Nuland on Russia

Daniel Shapiro
Biden's pick for undersecretary of state for political affairs has held a number of positions related to the post-Soviet space. Check out our compilation for some of Nuland's observations and policy ideas regarding Russia and the U.S.-Russian relatio...
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