Analysis

A Biden Administration Poses Few Benefits for Russia

Nikolas K. Gvosdev November 24, 2020 RM Exclusives
Joe Biden will take office not as an idealistic newcomer to foreign affairs, but rather as a veteran with a well-developed sense of priorities and perspectives—including a healthy dose of disillusionment with the Obama era attempt to reset relations with Russia.
News

US, Russia Give Competing Accounts of Naval Encounter in Peter the Great Gulf; Russian Press Claims US Was Main Source of 2020 Cyber Attacks on Russia

November 24, 2020
U.S. and Russian militaries offer differing narratives of the naval encounter near the Russian city of Vladivostok; a new report says 36 percent of cyber attacks on Russia this year were by U.S. hackers; and more in our weekly news round-up.
Analysis

Robert Gates’ Insights on How to Employ Instruments of US National Power

Simon Saradzhyan November 18, 2020 RM Exclusives
Robert Gates’ new book constitutes the most coherent of recent attempts to catalogue the key instruments of modern America’s national power and then discern how their use has evolved following the end of the Cold War and to what effect.
Analysis
A Biden Administration Poses Few Benefits for Russia
November 24, 2020
News
US, Russia Give Competing Accounts of Naval Encounter in Peter the Great Gulf; Russian Press Claims US Was Main Source of 2020 Cyber Attacks on Russia
November 24, 2020
Analysis
Robert Gates’ Insights on How to Employ Instruments of US National Power
November 18, 2020
RM Staff Picks
Analysis

Russia’s ‘Neo-Imperialism’ Is a Product of Complex Factors

Simon Saradzhyan
Domitilla Sagramoso’s “Russian Imperialism Revisited” is perhaps the most comprehensive recent volume in first identifying the panoply of factors that have led to Russia’s “imperialist relapse” and then detailing how they evolved.
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Analysis

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Russia

RM Staff
UPDATED. What have the president-elect and vice president-elect said on the U.S. policies they advocate on key Russia-related issues, as well as their views on Russia itself?
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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

Trump’s Loss Not Necessarily Russia’s

Steven Pifer
Trump’s loss thus may seem a defeat for Russia. But a Biden presidency can offer a silver lining for the Kremlin. 
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Blog

Russian Media, Officials See a Deeply Fractured US Following Election

RM Staff
Russian media and government officials are closely following the race between Trump and Biden. One common thread seems to be a belief that the only clear outcome of the 2020 election so far is the deeply divided nature of American society.
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Analysis

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Development Hampered by Internal Conflicts

Lucie Messy
While the capabilities of individual SCO members, such as China and Russia, pose a challenge to Western countries’ interests, due to internal challenges and a loose organizational structure, the organization itself does not.
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Blog

Trump’s Popularity Wanes Among Russians, Fewer Paying Attention to US Election Than in 2016

RM Staff
Fewer Russians believe U.S. President Donald Trump will be better for Russia than they did in 2016, though the president is still more popular among Russians than Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
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Analysis

Have America’s Russia Watchers Been Getting It Wrong?

Center for the National Interest
Washington's surprise at Russia's behavior over the past few decades suggests that American experts — now more than ever — are struggling to assess and predict Russian actions.
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Analysis

Neither U.S. Candidate Bodes Well for Russia’s Energy Market

Tatiana Mitrova
The Republican and Democratic candidates have fundamentally opposite views on developing the energy sector, but whoever wins—and for different reasons—it won't be good news for Russia’s oil and gas industry.
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Analysis

Emulation and Military Change in Russia

Emmanuel Dreyfus
Western models have inspired the creation of Russia's Special Operation Command, Military Police and the development of private military companies, as have centuries-old Russian military traditions.
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