Analysis

Be Careful What You Wish For: Russia, China and Afghanistan after the Withdrawal

Jeffrey Mankoff July 29, 2021 RM Exclusives
Do Beijing and Moscow have sufficient influence to oversee a managed transition, contain any spillover of violence and provide reassurance to anxious Afghanistan neighbors? The whole region is about to find out.
News

US, Russia to Discuss Strategic Stability Again in September, Share of Yuan in Russia’s National Welfare Fund Doubles.

July 30, 2021
Strategic stability talks in Geneva were 'professional and substantive,' State Department says; the yuan accounted for 17.4% of bilateral trade settlements between China and Russia in 2020; and more in this week's Russian news digest.
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.
Analysis
Be Careful What You Wish For: Russia, China and Afghanistan after the Withdrawal
July 29, 2021
News
US, Russia to Discuss Strategic Stability Again in September, Share of Yuan in Russia’s National Welfare Fund Doubles.
July 30, 2021
Analysis
US-Russian Contention in Cyberspace: Are Rules of the Road Necessary or Possible?
June 10, 2021
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Analysis

US and Russian Experts Share Insights on Strategic Stability Ahead of Bilateral Talks

RM Staff
Ahead of bilateral talks in Geneva, leading arms control experts weigh in on the means and ends of strategic stability.
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Blog

Russia is Building a Plane for Nuclear Doomsday

RM Staff
The plane, nicknamed “Judgement Day Plane” by the Russian media, is designed to enable Russia’s military-political leadership to exercise nuclear command, control, and communications (N3) in the event of a nuclear war while airborne. The N3 plane wil...
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Blog

Russia’s New Security Strategy: Deter US, Ignore EU, Partner with China and India

Simon Saradzhyan
The geopolitical arithmetic reflected in Russia’s new national security strategy can be summed up succinctly as: “deter the U.S., ignore the EU, partner with China and India.” That said, the new document seems to place a higher priority on the domest...
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Analysis

The HMS Defender Incident: What happened and What Are the Political Ramifications?

Dmitry Gorenburg
Inadvertent escalation poses the greatest risk of a political confrontation between Russia and NATO resulting in armed conflict, and as long as one or both sides believe that it is beneficial to use their military forces to make political points, we ...
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Analysis

Russia, the United States and the Counterrevolutionaries: A Trilateral Chess Match in the Middle East

Jon Hoffman
Russia's return to the Middle East must be assessed from the perspective of regional actors, namely how they seek to use competition between Moscow and Washington for their own strategic benefit, our latest exclusive argues.
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Nye and Cherenenko on Whether the United States, Russia Can Agree on Cyber

RM Staff
At a recent CFTNI event, both speakers pointed to the U.S.-Soviet Incidents at Sea Agreement of 1972 as a model for a bilateral cyber deal.
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Analysis

Biden's Moscow Outreach Exposes Europe's Disarray

Philip Stephens
In the aftermath of the Geneva summit, the Biden administration is likely to be at once dismayed by the European Union's public display of disunity and privately relieved that its own efforts to set the terms of different relationship with Putin will...
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Blog

Military Lessons, Cyber and Climate Change: RM's Most Read Stories in 2021 (So Far)

RM Staff
While lessons learned from regional military conflicts accounted for our most popular reads in January through June 2021, topics ranging from climate change to cybersecurity also dominated top positions in our ranking. Read on for a look at Russia Ma...
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Analysis

Does the Collective Security Treaty Organization Have a Future?

Carnegie Moscow Center
The CSTO still has a chance to prove itself—if it can demonstrate effective and coordinated work after the impending withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
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Analysis

What Did Biden Achieve in Geneva?

Project Syndicate
Even if formal cybersecurity treaties are unworkable, it may still be possible to set limits on certain types of civilian targets, and to negotiate rough rules of the road, writes Joseph S. Nye, Jr. for Project Syndicate.
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