Analysis

How Much Did Orthodox Church Help Revive Russia’s Military and Nuclear Complex?

Dmitry Gorenburg April 23, 2019 RM Exclusives
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.
News

Zelenskiy Victory Can Create Domestic Policy Challenge for Putin, Trump’s Russia Policy Gets an 'F,' Mueller Report Shows Shambolic Kremlin

April 22, 2019
Zelenskiy’s victory could create new challenges for Putin domestically, Blackwill gives Trump’s Russia policy a failing grade, Mueller’s report provides a unique look inside a shambolic Kremlin and more in our latest analytical round-up.
Blog

Trump and Russia: ‘Quid Pro Quo’ or Quid Pro Talk?

RM Staff April 18, 2019
Has Trump indeed weakened sanctions against Russia and appeased Moscow in ways that have helped advance its interests? Our review of the evidence suggests the answer may be “barely.”
Analysis
How Much Did Orthodox Church Help Revive Russia’s Military and Nuclear Complex?
April 23, 2019
News
Zelenskiy Victory Can Create Domestic Policy Challenge for Putin, Trump’s Russia Policy Gets an 'F,' Mueller Report Shows Shambolic Kremlin
April 22, 2019
Blog
Trump and Russia: ‘Quid Pro Quo’ or Quid Pro Talk?
April 18, 2019
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36 Years of US-Russia Relations

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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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7 Pillars of Putin’s World: New Book Shows US Policymakers Russia as It Is

Nikolas K. Gvosdev
Angela Stent clearly lays out Russia’s strategic imperatives and the mindset of Putin and his circle to present a coherent, compelling analysis of contemporary Russian behavior in the world.
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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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Experts Discuss Threats Shaping Russia's Alliances

Nini Arshakuni and Daniel Shapiro
Russia’s focus on alliance formation in its “near abroad” is motivated by Moscow’s key security objectives: “to diminish the number of attack directions and maintain buffer zones,” according to MGIMO’s Andrey Sushentsov.
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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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William Burns on the ‘Narrow Band of Possibilities’ in US-Russia Relations

RM Staff
One of America’s most outstanding diplomats sketches out a realistic U.S. policy for relations with Russia, focusing on strategic stability, Afghanistan and deescalation in the Middle East.
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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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Ukraine Election Bodes Ill for Corruption Fight, and for Kiev’s Ties to West

Tony Barber
As Ukrainians prepare to vote for a president March 31, none of the top three candidates boasts solid pro-reform credentials. That poses big challenges for the country’s future stability and its pro-Western stance.
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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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