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.

Joe Biden: The U.S. Won’t Back Down from the Challenge of Putin and Hamas

Joe Biden November 18, 2023 Partner Posts
Today, the world faces an inflection point, where the choices we make — including in the crises in Europe and the Middle East — will determine the direction of our future for generations to come.

Redefining Success in Ukraine

Richard Haass and Charles Kupchan November 17, 2023 Partner Posts
A New Strategy Must Balance Means and Ends.

It’s Time to End Magical Thinking About Russia’s Defeat

Eugene Rumer and Andrew S. Weiss November 16, 2023 Partner Posts
Putin has withstood the West’s best efforts to reverse his invasion of Ukraine, and his hold on power is firm. The U.S. and its allies need a new strategy: containment.

Living in an à la Carte World: What European Policymakers Should Learn from Global Public Opinion

Timothy Garton Ash, Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard November 15, 2023 Partner Posts
Leaders in Europe and the United States often frame the 21st century world as a rivalry between competing ideological and political systems. They talk of winning over the ‘global south’ to the West and shoring up the rules-based order against its challengers.

Avoiding World War III: What the Joe Biden-Xi Jinping Summit Is Really About

Graham T. Allison November 14, 2023 Partner Posts
What is the significance of the Biden-Xi summit on Wednesday? In one line: two adult leaders engaging in serious, candid, private conversation about the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world.

Stephen Hadley on the Major Challenges Facing the United States Today

Stephen J. Hadley and Dr. Karen Donfried November 14, 2023 Partner Posts

Putin Wants Russia to Win the Artificial Intelligence Race. Here’s Why it Won’t

Ben Dubow November 14, 2023 Partner Posts
“Whoever leads in AI will rule the world,” President Vladimir Putin declared at an address commencing the 2017 Russian school year. Six years later, despite intense focus from senior leadership and heavy investment from the federal budget and state-owned enterprises, Russia remains a laggard in this field, hobbled by international isolation and structural challenges.

AI and Nuclear Command, Control and Communications: P5 perspectives

Alice Saltini November 13, 2023 Partner Posts
As the nuclear-weapons states, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, are increasingly recognising the implications of integrating AI into nuclear weapons command, control and communication systems, this report – by ELN Research Coordinator Alice Saltini – explores the risks inherent in today’s advanced AI systems, sheds light on characteristics and risks across different branches of this technology and establishes the basis for a general purpose risk assessment framework.

Putin Returns Empty-Handed From Beijing

The Bell October 30, 2023
Despite much back-slapping about the Sino-Russian partnership, no major economic agreements were signed during Putin's recent trip to China.

West Sanctions Russian Aviation, But Moscow Decides to Keep Planes Flying Despite Risks

Steven E. Harris October 26, 2023 RM Exclusives
As Russia seeks cracks in Western countries’ united efforts to sanction Russia over its war against Ukraine, U.S. policymakers and their allies need to better explain not only the motifs, but also the goals of their punitive measures against Russia’s aviation sector.

Break Point: Scenarios and Regional Implications of the Russo-Ukrainian War

Balázs Jarábik October 23, 2023 Partner Posts
Following Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine, ongoing for almost 600 days with no prospect of a peaceful resolution, Europe is at a geographic breaking point.
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Thomas Graham on Why and How America Should Start Getting Russia Right

Simon Saradzhyan October 19, 2023 RM Exclusives
The U.S. needs to get Russia right, which requires America to see Russia “plainly and without sentiment,” Graham writes in his new book.