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From ISIS to Russia's Nuclear Policy: RM's Most Popular Reads

RM Staff August 04, 2020
Did the U.S. or Russia “defeat” ISIS? What is in Russia’s nuclear toolbox and what do recent documents reveal about its nuclear policy? Answers to these questions and more in our most read commentaries of 2020 through July 31.
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Graham and Trenin Propose New Model for US–Russian Relations; FT: Experts Dismiss as Naïve Idea of Washington Using Moscow Against Beijing

August 03, 2020
Graham, Trenin call the new model “responsible great-power rivalry”; an upcoming report by the Carnegie Endowment argues that the notion of the U.S. driving a wedge between China and Russia is “magical thinking”; and more in our latest analysis round...
Analysis

Where US Sees Democracy Promotion, Russia Sees Regime Change

Benjamin Denison July 29, 2020 RM Exclusives
If U.S. officials were to critically assess the track record of American regime change, they might see that Russian statements against U.S. democracy promotion reflect genuine anxiety about regime security.
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From ISIS to Russia's Nuclear Policy: RM's Most Popular Reads
August 04, 2020
News
Graham and Trenin Propose New Model for US–Russian Relations; FT: Experts Dismiss as Naïve Idea of Washington Using Moscow Against Beijing
August 03, 2020
Analysis
Where US Sees Democracy Promotion, Russia Sees Regime Change
July 29, 2020
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Analysis

Russian Moves in Afghanistan Are About Regional Stability, Not Revenge on US

Artemy M. Kalinovsky
U.S. politicians may feel betrayed by Russia’s engagement with the Taliban, but to understand what Russia is up to, they need to stop imagining that Moscow’s every move is somehow intended to undermine the U.S.
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Analysis

Olga Oliker on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff
Russia presents a critical foreign policy challenge to the U.S., "one which will be poorly served by either demonization or conciliation," writes leading Russia expert Olga Oliker. "What is needed is considered, knowledgeable and nuanced policy."
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Analysis

Who ‘Defeated’ ISIS? An Analysis of US and Russian Contributions

Domitilla Sagramoso
There can be little doubt that the U.S. and its allies played a much bigger role in subduing the terror group than Russia. But ISIS has plenty of life in it yet and any alleged victory is fragile.
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Analysis

The Oil Price Crash: Will the Kremlin’s Policies Change?

Tatiana Mitrova
The coronavirus pandemic and the steep drop of oil and gas prices may pose a serious challenge to Russia’s economic model. Mitrova argues that current shocks to the Russian energy market could pale in comparison to long-term consequences.
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Analysis

Do Black Lives Matter in Russia?

Peter Rutland and Andrei Kazantsev
Studying the reactions to Black Lives Matter in Russia can teach us a lot about Russian society—just as Russians and others have learned a great deal about American society as the movement has unfolded.
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Analysis

How Improved US-Russian Relations Could Weaken Putin’s Case for Remaining in Kremlin Until 2036

Paul Saunders
A more nuanced understanding of Putin’s possible motives for the amendments to Russia's constitution—and how the U.S. could shape them in its policy toward Russia—could facilitate Russia’s leadership transition rather than hinder it.
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Analysis

New Sanctions Challenge the Tenuous Ties Between America and Russia

Thomas Graham and Matthew Rojansky
Rather than knee-jerk calls for more sanctions, restoring channels of communication with Russia may be a prudent step to protect U.S. interests and avoid continuing miscommunication. Russia may be suffering from severe economic and demographic constr...
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Analysis

Unplugging the Baltic States: Why Russia’s Economic Approach May Be Shifting

Emily Ferris
The probability of Russia resorting to a Crimea-style intervention in the Baltics remains low. As a key energy supplier and major trading partner for the region, Russia has more to gain by using economic levers as opposed to military ones to retain i...
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Russians’ Approval and Trust for Putin Shows Slight Rebound, Although Still Below Previous Years

RM Staff
Russians’ trust and approval for Vladimir Putin has slightly increased from low points in May and April, although it is still significantly lower than in previous years, according to a new Levada Center poll.
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Analysis

Russia’s Constitutional Amendments Keep Several Futures Open for Putin

Marlene Laruelle
The aim of the amendments is to keep Putin’s—and Russia's—portfolio of possibilities as wide as possible while reinforcing Russia’s sovereignty from the international scene and the country’s self-reliance.
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