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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A New Cold War Is Not Inevitable

James Stavridis March 27, 2018 Recommended Reads
With international tensions running high, the top NATO and Russian military commanders have much to discuss.
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Eurasian Enigma: Russian News Media and Elections With Anna Veduta

Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies March 27, 2018 Partner Posts
In this episode of the Eurasian Enigma, Anna Veduta, former press secretary for Alexei Navalny’s 2013 Moscow mayoral campaign, discusses how Russian-language independent media outlets struggle to survive both in Russia and abroad.
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Russia's Long Hangover

Sean's Russia Blog March 23, 2018
In this Sean's Russia Blog interview, host and Eurasia expert Sean Guillory speaks with Shaun Walker about his new book and the role that memorializing World War II has played in Russian President Vladimir Putin's success in restoring Russia from the tumult of the 1990s.
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What Next? The Implications of Putin’s Reelection

Peter Rutland March 22, 2018 RM Exclusives
Key uncertainties surround Russian politics, making it hard for Western leaders to craft an effective strategy toward Moscow. One thing is clear: The West must find a way to deal with Putin and stop waiting for a “friendlier” successor.
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What Putin's Reelection Means for Russia and the World

Nikolas K. Gvosdev March 19, 2018 Partner Posts
So Putin returns to office, likely to take the initiative to shape both Russia’s domestic politics and its international position to his liking.
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Boris Savinkov and Russian Terrorism

Sean's Russia Blog March 19, 2018
In this episode of Sean's Russia Blog, host and Eurasia expert Sean Guillory speaks with Irina Meier about her work in exploring the development of Russian terrorism through the last two centuries and the birth of the modern terrorist in the Russian revolutionary period.
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Putin's Pivot: 4 New Features of Russian Foreign Policy

Daniel Treisman March 14, 2018 RM Exclusives
The annexation of Crimea in 2014 signaled a new phase of Russian foreign policy, characterized by risk taking, neglect of exit strategies, outsourcing and saber rattling. But can the success of these tactics last?
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Russian Strategists Debate Preemption as Defense Against NATO Surprise Attack

Alexander Velez-Green March 14, 2018 RM Exclusives
Russian leaders have long debated what to do in the face of a NATO surprise attack. One group of military strategists believes that, in the near future, defensive operations alone will not suffice.
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Six More Years of Putin?

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) March 14, 2018 Partner Posts
In the days before Russia's presidential election, several experts sat down to unpack Russian attitudes, Russian politics and Russian interests regarding the vote and what it might mean for the U.S.
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'Blame Russia' Is Getting Old

Benjamin Haddad March 14, 2018 Recommended Reads
Although voters worldwide have been giving voice to their dissatisfaction with political elites, those elites keep trying to explain away the explosion of populism as a product of Russian interference.
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Of Campaigns, Democracy and Campaigns for Democracy in Russia

Center for Strategic and International Studies March 14, 2018 Partner Posts
In this episode of the Russian Roulette podcast, hosts and CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program experts Olga Oliker and Jeffrey Mankoff sit down with Vitali Shkliarov, a senior adviser for Ksenia Sobchak’s presidential campaign, to discuss politics, democracy and the complexities thereof.
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I Knew the Cold War. This Is No Cold War.

Stephen M. Walt March 12, 2018 Recommended Reads
The go-to historical analogy downplays the real factors behind today's situation and discourages us from thinking creatively about solutions.