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.
explainer

For Russia and America, Election Inference Is Nothing New: 25 Stories

Arjun Kapur and Simon Saradzhyan March 22, 2017 RM Exclusives
As headlines scream about Russia’s “unprecedented” interference in U.S. politics, it’s helpful to get some historical perspective on how often countries try to tinker with each other’s elections.
op-ed

Dangerous Expectations

Paul Saunders March 17, 2017 RM Exclusives
Could new and lower Russian expectations for U.S.-Russia relations limit U.S. leverage?
commentary

The Russian Defense Budget and You

Michael Kofman March 17, 2017 Recommended Reads
Russia's 2017 defense budget is smaller than last year's, but the reduction is not quite as drastic as some interpretations indicate.
op-ed

Dealing with Russia and Drawing Red Lines

Steven Pifer March 09, 2017 RM Exclusives
With new NATO deployments in Central and Eastern Europe, a former U.S. diplomat to the region considers America’s red lines vis-à-vis Russia: What should they be and how to enforce them?
Competing Views on Russia

Kissinger on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff March 03, 2017 RM Exclusives
The eminent U.S. statesman offers ways to reconcile America’s necessities with Russia’s concerns.
book review

‘Return to Cold War’: A New Book Dissected

ISSF March 03, 2017 Partner Posts
Four eminent Russia experts—James Goldgeier, Rajan Menon, Condoleezza Rice and Angela Stent—review Columbia professor Robert Legvold’s new book.
presentation

Team Trump on Russia: Words and Actions

RM Staff March 02, 2017 RM Exclusives
Early this year the new U.S. president picked his Cabinet members, other top officials and advisors. Here is an evolving guide to their positions on Russia and ties with the country.
op-ed

INF, New Start and What Really Matters for US-Russian Nuclear Arms Control

Hans M. Kristensen February 24, 2017 RM Exclusives
The U.S. should not abandon nuclear arms control or relieve Russia from treaty obligations. Instead, it must maintain strategic stability with a mix of arms control and a safe, secure retaliatory capability.
survey

Survey: U.S. Vital Interests Vis-à-Vis Russia

RM Experts February 15, 2017 RM Exclusives
What are America’s vital national interests and where does Russia fit in, either as a constructive partner or as a spoiler? What does this mean for U.S. policy? Five eminent experts weigh in.
event summary

Russian Cyber Operations: 2017 and Beyond

RM Staff February 08, 2017 RM Exclusives
As Russian cyber-ops continue to grab headlines and defy easy explanation, eminent experts David Sanger, Fiona Hill and Ben Buchanan shed light on some of the murkier parts of this unfolding story.