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 2012.
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Russia Has Been Meddling in Foreign Elections for Decades. Has It Made a Difference?

Lucan Ahmad Way and Adam Casey January 08, 2018 Recommended Reads
Since 1991, there have been two waves of Russian attempts at election interference around the world, but neither wave appears to have met with much success.
Competing Views on Russia

Thomas Graham on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff January 03, 2018 RM Exclusives
An esteemed Russia expert, former diplomat, policy advisor and scholar weighs in on the Russia-related issues most pertinent to Washington, including “the hard truth … that America cannot ignore Russia or seek to isolate” it.

RM's Top 10

RM Staff January 02, 2018 RM Exclusives
From Henry Kissinger to Sam Nunn, from Russia’s military modernization in the West to economic disparities between Russia and China in the Far East—check out Russia Matters' 10 most read pieces for 2017.
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The Russification of US Deterrence Policy

Nikolai Sokov December 25, 2017 Recommended Reads
The United States now shares the same concerns as Russia. This might be good news or bad news, depending on political decisions.
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New US Security Strategy Is a Clear Bureaucratic Victory for the ‘Russia Skeptics.’ Has the President Read It?

Nikolas K. Gvosdev December 21, 2017 RM Exclusives
Does the National Security Strategy end any chance of substantive improvements in the U.S.-Russia relationship for the near future? Or will the dissonance between Trump's position on Russia and that of his security establishment lead to unpredictable fallout?
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Putin's Plan for Syria

Dmitri Trenin December 13, 2017 Recommended Reads
Having made Russia into one of the major players in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin now faces a series of challenges as the conflict winds down.
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NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard

Svetlana Savranskaya and Tom Blanton December 12, 2017 Recommended Reads
Newly declassified documents lend credence to claims that Western leaders repeatedly reassured their Soviet counterparts in the early 1990s that NATO would not budge "one inch eastward."
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Don’t Speak, Memory

Nikita Petrov December 12, 2017 Recommended Reads
Returning to old habits is a real danger if Russia does not acknowledge the darker chapters in its history for what they are.
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After the INF Treaty: An Objective Look at US and Russian Compliance, Plus a New Arms Control Regime

Kevin Ryan December 07, 2017 RM Exclusives
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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Russia Takes a Step Toward the Post-Putin Era

Leonid Bershidsky December 07, 2017 Recommended Reads
Russian President Vladimir Putin's long tenure has been lacking, especially on the domestic front.