Analysis

This listing contains all the analytical materials posted on the Russia Matters website. These include: RM Exclusives, commissioned by Russia Matters exclusively for this website; Recommended Reads, deemed particularly noteworthy by our editorial team; Partner Posts, originally published by our partners elsewhere; and Future Policy Leaders, pieces by promising young scholars and policy thinkers. Content can be filtered by genre and subject-specific criteria and is updated often. Gradually we will be adding older Recommended Reads and Partner Posts dating back as far as 2011.
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The Collapsing Russian Defense Budget and Other Fairy Tales

Michael Kofman May 22, 2018 RM Exclusives
Recent reports claiming Russia slashed defense spending by 20 percent from 2016 to 2017 are wrong, the author argues. They stem from a government decision to pay down old debt, not actual cuts to spending.
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Can Moscow Mediate Between Israel and Iran in Syria?

Mark N. Katz May 18, 2018 RM Exclusives
As tensions between Iran and Israel rise to new heights, Russia finds itself in a tricky position—trying to balance between two states that are friendly with Moscow but mortal enemies to each other.
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Survey: What Next for the Iran Deal and What Will It Mean for US-Russian Relations?

RM Experts May 10, 2018 RM Exclusives
Eight experts on nuclear nonproliferation, security and the Middle East weigh in on the implications of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA.
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Measuring National Power: Is Vladimir Putin’s Russia in Decline?

Simon Saradzhyan and Nabi Abdullaev May 04, 2018 RM Exclusives
Russia’s standing in the world—both real and perceived—has a profound impact on U.S. security and policies, as well as on Moscow's actions. This report offers a unique quantitative stocktaking of Russia’s national power.
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Who Can Prevent a War Between Israel and Iran? Russia

Joost Hiltermann May 03, 2018 Recommended Reads
Russia is uniquely suited to mediating between Israel and Iran, but the West may not support its efforts.  
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A Nobel Prize for Trump and Kim Is No Joke

Leonid Bershidsky April 27, 2018 Recommended Reads
Making the world a safer place through a Korean peace deal may be enough to redeem the words and deeds of both leaders.
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Yes, It Is a New Cold War. What Is To Be Done?

Raymond Smith April 25, 2018 Recommended Reads
Isolating Russia isn't the answer to avoiding the destabilizing effects of Russia turning to alternative alliances with countries like Syria and Iran.
Competing Views on Russia

Graham Allison on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff April 19, 2018 RM Exclusives
A leading analyst of U.S. national security and defense policy who served with distinction in both the Reagan and Clinton administrations weighs in on issues crucial to the U.S.-Russia relationship.
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Sanctions and Retaliation: Where Russia-US Relations Are Headed

Andrey Movchan April 19, 2018 Recommended Reads
The Kremlin, which has never particularly understood what shareholder value means, isn't terribly worried about the effects of sanctions, including Rusal's market fall.
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Competitive Strategies Against Russia Are Seductive, Dangerous and Unnecessary

Joshua Rovner April 16, 2018 Recommended Reads
The U.S. should resist the temptation to spook Russia into self-defeating policies that could just as easily result in unintended confrontation.
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Of US-Russia Relations and What Is to Be Done

Center for Strategic and International Studies April 10, 2018 Recommended Reads
In this episode of the Russian Roulette podcast, hosts and CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program experts Olga Oliker and Jeffrey Mankoff sit down with Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute, to discuss the state of U.S.-Russia relations, historical cycles in the relationship, signaling and ways out of the current downward spiral.
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Team Trump on Russia: John Bolton’s Views

Kevin Doyle April 09, 2018 RM Exclusives
As the new national security adviser steps into his role, his bellicose, America-first approach to foreign policy has been cause for comment and consternation. In this evolving guide, we track Bolton's views on Russia and the issues central to U.S.-Russian relations.