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Shroeder Says Putin Wants Peace Talks With Kyiv, FSB Backchannel Used in Prisoner Swap Talks With US

August 05, 2022
Plus: RUSI expert says Ukrainians don't have the combat power to storm Kherson. This and much more in our weekly news round-up.
Blog

Nuclear Weapons: What Does Russian Orthodox Church and Its Top Parishioner Believe?

RM Staff August 03, 2022
If the statements gathered here are any guide, the Russian Orthodox Church appears to be significantly more tolerant of nuclear weapons than the Catholic Church.
Blog

Is Russia Isolated? Condemnation of Its Invasion of Ukraine Isn’t Global

Joshua Henderson July 28, 2022
While some analysts and Western officials claim that Russia is isolated, the inconvenient fact is that condemnation of Russia’s actions in Ukraine is far from universal.
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Shroeder Says Putin Wants Peace Talks With Kyiv, FSB Backchannel Used in Prisoner Swap Talks With US
August 05, 2022
Blog
Nuclear Weapons: What Does Russian Orthodox Church and Its Top Parishioner Believe?
August 03, 2022
Blog
Is Russia Isolated? Condemnation of Its Invasion of Ukraine Isn’t Global
July 28, 2022
RM Staff Picks
Blog

‘Crippling’ Sanctions? Russia’s Economy Is Afloat—For Now

Joshua Henderson
A number of indicators show that, despite sanctions, Russia’s economy is doing as well as—or better than—other major economies.
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Analysis

CIA Chief: Putin Is Betting on Attrition in Ukraine But Will Lose His Bet (Again)

RM Staff
William Burns—whose track record for understanding how the Russian president is thinking may be the best in Washington—shares insights on how Putin sees Ukraine and other Russia-related topics.
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As War Nears 6-Month Mark, Ukraine Struggles Against New-Old Foes: Collaborators and Corruption

RM Staff
Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed two senior political allies—the country’s Security Service chief and prosecutor general—alleging they had failed to prevent treasonous collaboration with Russia among scores of their subordinates.
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Analysis

What’s Missing from Mearsheimer’s Analysis of the Ukraine War

Joe Cirincione
To make the facts fit his assessment, he must disregard Russia’s own pronouncements, its brutality and the security imperatives of its neighbors.
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Analysis

The Causes and Consequences of the Ukraine War

John J. Mearsheimer
The United States has pushed forward policies toward Ukraine that Putin and other Russian leaders see as an existential threat, a point they have made repeatedly for many years.
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Analysis

Fiona Hill: Putin’s Running Out of Time

Foreign Policy
In this interview, the former White House Russia adviser says Putin wants the Ukraine conflict over with.
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Analysis

China’s Long Game in Russia: Violating Sanctions? No. Ensuring Russia’s Survival? Yes.

Lizzi C. Lee
A floundering Russia and reinvigorated NATO would cut against China's core security interests by giving Washington a stronger hand in its Thucydidian rivalry with Beijing.
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Analysis

The Russian Military’s People Problem

Dara Massicot
The culture of indifference to its personnel fundamentally compromises the Russian military’s efficacy, no matter how extensively it has been modernized.
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