Analysis

Russia’s ‘Peripheral Authoritarianism’ as Described by Grigory Yavlinsky

RM Staff March 22, 2019 RM Exclusives
In his new book, one of post-Soviet Russia’s most enduring liberal politicians describes the emergence of his country’s current system of governance and predicts its impending doom.
News

Kremlin Watches Kazakhstan For Clues on Transition, Ukrainians Have Lowest Trust in Government

March 22, 2019
The Kazakh president’s resignation could be a model for Russia and Ukrainians have world’s lowest faith in government—this and more in our weekly news round-up.
Analysis

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

Simon Saradzhyan March 14, 2019 RM Exclusives
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.
Analysis
Russia’s ‘Peripheral Authoritarianism’ as Described by Grigory Yavlinsky
March 22, 2019
News
Kremlin Watches Kazakhstan For Clues on Transition, Ukrainians Have Lowest Trust in Government
March 22, 2019
Analysis
5 Years Since Russia’s Intervention in Ukraine: Has Putin’s Gamble Paid Off?
March 14, 2019
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Analysis

Lessons for Leaders: What Afghanistan Taught Russian and Soviet Strategists

Simon Saradzhyan
Moscow’s military intervention in Afghanistan lasted nearly a decade (1979-1989). It cost the USSR dearly in blood, treasure and power, but imparted lessons as well. Can some of these prove useful to the U.S. today?
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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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Analysis

Why the 'Reset' Didn't Last

Nini Arshakuni, Angelina Flood and Natasha Yefimova-Trilling
Ten years ago, Washington offered Moscow a “reset” in bilateral relations. Within a few years, the relationship soured again. Why? We’ve compiled insights from nearly a dozen eminent Russia experts.
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Analysis

The INF Quandary: Preventing a Nuclear Arms Race in Europe. Perspectives from the US, Russia and Germany

William Tobey, Pavel Zolotarev and Ulrich Kühn
The 1987 INF Treaty now faces an existential threat that could lead to intermediate-range missiles targeting the entire European continent. Three experts weigh in on the consequences and prospects.
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Blog

How Big a Threat Is Russia?

RM Staff
Graham Allison discusses the gulf between Western governments and their publics in perceptions of Russia as a threat and other takeaways from the Munich Security Conference.
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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

And Here the Twain Shall Meet: Eurasia’s Role in a Changing World Order

Dominic Ziegler
Russia and China are two key players in a new Eurasia. In the book reviewed here, Bruno Maçães argues that this supercontinent is the most salient feature of an emerging new world order.
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Analysis

After the INF Treaty: An Objective Look at US and Russian Compliance, Plus a New Arms Control Regime

Kevin Ryan
Russia, according to U.S. officials, has violated the INF Treaty. The U.S. is on the verge of violating, if it has not already done so. What’s needed now is a new treaty focusing on warheads instead of delivery systems.
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Debate

Russia and China—Alliance or Dalliance? And What Will This Mean for the West?

RM Staff
Relations between Moscow and Beijing have been growing increasingly cozy, but what’s stronger—the convergence of their grievances or the divergence in their national interests? Three experts debate.
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Analysis

Gangster Geopolitics: The Kremlin’s Use of Criminals as Assets Abroad

Mark Galeotti
Since the worsening of relations with the West in 2014, the Kremlin has increasingly adopted a “mobilization state” approach, turning to any available foreign-policy levers. Gangsters are no exception.
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