In the Thick of It

A blog on the U.S.-Russia relationship
Monkeys and bells

Sorting Through the Noise: RM's Most Popular Reads

February 08, 2019
RM Staff

Inquiring minds want to know what's really going on. Is Russia building up its nuclear forces? Under what conditions does Russia intervene militarily in other countries? Did Russia really slash its defense budget? What's next for jihadists from the former Soviet countries of Central Asia? Check out our most popular reads for answers to these questions and more. 

Top 10 of 2018

  1. Measuring National Power: Is Vladimir Putin’s Russia in Decline? by Simon Saradzhyan and Nabi Abdullaev
  2. Russia and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Laying Out the Publicly Available Evidence by David Filipov, Kevin Doyle and Natasha Yefimova-Trilling
  3. Isolation and Reconquista: Russia’s Toolkit as a Constrained Great Power by Marlene Laruelle

  4. Kissinger on Russia: Insights and Recommendations by RM Staff

  5. When Does Vladimir Putin’s Russia Send In Troops? by Simon Saradzhyan

  6. Team Trump on Russia: John Bolton’s Views by Kevin Doyle
  7. Jihadists from Ex-Soviet Central Asia: Where Are They? Why Did They Radicalize? What Next? by Edward Lemon, Vera Mironova and William Tobey

  8. The Collapsing Russian Defense Budget and Other Fairy Tales by Michael Kofman

  9. Putin's Pivot: 4 New Features of Russian Foreign Policy by Daniel Treisman
  10. Russian Strategists Debate Preemption as Defense Against NATO Surprise Attack by Alexander Velez-Green

Top 10 of all time

  1. Measuring National Power: Is Vladimir Putin’s Russia in Decline? by Simon Saradzhyan and Nabi Abdullaev
  2. Kissinger on Russia: Insights and Recommendations by RM Staff
  3. Isolation and Reconquista: Russia’s Toolkit as a Constrained Great Power by Marlene Laruelle
  4. Russia and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Laying Out the Publicly Available Evidence by David Filipov, Kevin Doyle and Natasha Yefimova-Trilling
  5. Russian Military Buildup in the West: Fact Versus Fiction by Michael Kofman
  6. Russian Nuclear Forces: Buildup or Modernization? by Hans M. Kristensen
  7. Yes, Russian Generals Are Preparing for War. That Doesn’t Necessarily Mean the Kremlin Wants to Start One by Simon Saradzhyan
  8. When Does Vladimir Putin’s Russia Send In Troops? by Simon Saradzhyan
  9. Gangster Geopolitics: The Kremlin’s Use of Criminals as Assets Abroad by Mark Galeotti 

  10. Putin as Bismarck: Ehud Barak on West’s Russia Blind Spots, the Middle East and More by RM Staff

      Photo by congerdesign shared under a Pixabay license.