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Some Experts Believe Nyonoksa Blast Caused by Nuclear Generator, Bolton Claims US-RF Interest in Dealing With Rising China

August 16, 2019
Officials and experts argue if the test of a 9M730 Burevestnik or a radioisotope thermoelectric generator caused the blast, while Bolton sees common strategic interests for the U.S. and Russia. This and more in our weekly news digest.
Analysis

The Retreat of Western Liberalism and New Competition of Great Powers

Thomas Graham June 10, 2019 Partner Posts
Great power competition today will not resemble the great power competition of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries up to World War I.
Analysis

Experts on Putin: 20 Years in Power

RM Staff August 07, 2019 RM Exclusives
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.
News
Some Experts Believe Nyonoksa Blast Caused by Nuclear Generator, Bolton Claims US-RF Interest in Dealing With Rising China
August 16, 2019
Analysis
The Retreat of Western Liberalism and New Competition of Great Powers
June 10, 2019
Analysis
Experts on Putin: 20 Years in Power
August 07, 2019
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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

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

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

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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Farewell, INF Treaty: Good Reads on a Historic Arms Control Pact and the Impact of Its Demise

RM Staff
On Aug. 2 the U.S. formally withdrew from the INF Treaty. For those who want to delve deeper into the consequences and prospects, we offer some of the best INF-focused articles to appear on our site.
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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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Analysis

Russia-China Bomber Patrol Shows Stronger Alignment Between the Two

Michael Kofman
This week’s unprecedented Russian-Chinese patrol, including Russia’s run-in with South Korean jets, signals both growing bilateral military cooperation and Moscow’s willingness to take on geopolitical risks for the sake of its relationship with Beiji...
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Analysis

5 Years Since Russia’s Intervention in Ukraine: Has Putin’s Gamble Paid Off?

Simon Saradzhyan
The author analyzes the costs and benefits for Russia, finding that the intervention advanced one vital national interest and damaged several others. The costs have been manageable so far, but may eventually become prohibitive.
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Analysis

Landslide Victory for Zelenskiy’s Party in Ukraine: What Next?

Konstantin Skorkin
Ukrainian society has presented the new president with two key demands: peace in the Donbass, and purging corrupt figures from the elites.
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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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