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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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.
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Russia and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Laying Out the Publicly Available Evidence

David Filipov, Kevin Doyle and Natasha Yefimova-Trilling April 06, 2018 RM Exclusives
Americans’ opinions about allegations of “Russiagate” are often split along party lines—in part because the publicly available evidence has come in forms that leave room for doubt. Here we try to present it as systematically as possible. Newly updated!
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What's Next for US-Russia Relations?

Kennan Institute April 05, 2018 Partner Posts
With the recent expulsion of U.S., European and Russia diplomats, the crisis in U.S.-Russian relations continues to escalate. Is there any sign of a thaw in the relationship in the near future?
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In Dealing With Russia Washington Should Embrace Reason, Not Passion

Paul Saunders March 29, 2018 RM Exclusives
George Washington warned us to avoid “inveterate antipathies toward particular nations” as they could lead to “envenomed and bloody contests” over “trifling occasions of dispute.” How right he was!
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Of Gorbachev, and of Writing About Gorbachev

Center for Strategic and International Studies March 28, 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 William Taubman to discuss the subject of his most recent biography, Mikhail Gorbachev.
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Has a New Cold War Really Begun? Why the Term Shouldn't Apply to Today's Great-Power Tensions

Odd Arne Westad March 27, 2018 Recommended Reads
The international affairs of today are no longer rooted in the absolutes of the Cold War. The world has moved beyond bipolarity and the centrality of ideology.
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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.