Analysis

Why Does Congress Not Care About Normalizing Relations With Russia?

Daniel Shapiro and Arthur Martirosyan February 26, 2020 RM Exclusives
There are several major reasons why, whether under the Clinton, Bush, Obama or Trump administrations, Capitol Hill has been reluctant to normalize relations with Russia and even at times hit the breaks on reset attempts.
News

Pifer: Russia Supports Bilateral Nuclear Arms Control Due to Alignment With China; Coll Calls for Democratic Candidates to Articulate Russia Policy

February 24, 2020
Pifer writes Moscow has stepped back from supporting multilateral nuclear arms reductions just as it has grown closer with Beijing; Coll argues for a Russia policy of strategic engagement. This and more in our latest analysis round-up.
Blog

Levada Poll Shows Russian Public Opinion Toward West Is Thawing

Simon Saradzhyan February 21, 2020
Russians may be feeling more warmly about the West as a whole, but attitudes toward the U.S. are still more negative than positive.
Analysis
Why Does Congress Not Care About Normalizing Relations With Russia?
February 26, 2020
News
Pifer: Russia Supports Bilateral Nuclear Arms Control Due to Alignment With China; Coll Calls for Democratic Candidates to Articulate Russia Policy
February 24, 2020
Blog
Levada Poll Shows Russian Public Opinion Toward West Is Thawing
February 21, 2020
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Analysis

US Embrace of Great Power Competition Also Means Contending With Spheres of Influence

Paul Saunders
Failing to discuss and develop strategies and policies that accept and manage spheres of influence could prove quite costly for the U.S.—indeed, it already has.
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Analysis

Pompeo’s Visit Lets Post-Soviet States Leverage US Backing Against Russia, China, But Real Support Remains Limited

Nikolas Gvosdev
American policies designed to challenge Russian dominance in Eurasia have either proceeded as a result of autopilot within the bureaucracy or because Congress has imposed them via veto-proof majorities.
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Analysis

2020 US Presidential Candidates on Russia: What Have They Said So Far?

Daniel Shapiro, Thomas Schaffner and Angelina Flood
Updated! With the primaries underway, it is worth remembering what the candidates have said about their would-be Russia policies if elected. (Originally published May 23, 2019.)
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Blog

This Week in History: The US Satellite Launch That Didn’t Start a Nuclear War With Russia

RM Staff
While some close calls genuinely brought Moscow and Washington to the brink of war, Jan. 25 marked the 25th anniversary of an incident whose danger level the two sides viewed quite differently.
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Analysis

Military Assets in the Arctic: A Russia-West Correlation of Forces

Mathieu Boulegue
Should military tension in the region grow, overall military deployments would largely play in Moscow’s favor in the European Arctic and in Washington’s in the Pacific Arctic.
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Analysis

Is 'Escalate to Deescalate' Part of Russia’s Nuclear Toolbox?

Kevin Ryan
Russia's political leaders deny the existence of a supposedly new plan to use limited nuclear strikes in a local/regional conflict to shock an adversary into suing for peace. Has the U.S. misunderstood Russian intentions and plans?
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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

Fiona Hill on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff
The National Security Council’s new senior director for European and Russian affairs has been producing scholarship, analysis and commentary on Russia for nearly 30 years. Get a sampling of it here.
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Blog

Putin Signals Intention to Continue Steering Russia Beyond 2024, but Will He Solve Country’s Structural Problems?

Simon Saradzhyan
Whatever new title he chooses in 2024, Putin will need to address Russia's structural socio-economic problems or continue to confront the reality that Russia remains too far behind the U.S. and China economically and demographically to be a true peer...
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Blog

What Stops US and Russia From Stumbling Into War?

Simon Saradzhyan
Other than the fear of mutually assured destruction, what keeps the U.S. and Russia from stumbling into a war? Part of the answer lies in the bilateral and multilateral agreements specifically designed to prevent incidents that could escalate into a ...
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