From liberals to imperialists, many Russians see in Vladimir Putin the embodiment of their disparate hopes—including their hopes for reform, write Andrei Kolesnikov and Denis Volkov. This and much more in the latest Russia Analytical Report.
An esteemed Russia expert, former diplomat, policy advisor and scholar weighs in on the Russia-related issues most pertinent to Washington, including “the hard truth … that America cannot ignore Russia or seek to isolate” it.
Does the National Security Strategy end any chance of substantive improvements in the U.S.-Russia relationship for the near future? Or will the dissonance between Trump's position on Russia and that of his security establishment lead to unpredictable fallout?
Putin: Agent of Change?
January 16, 2018
Thomas Graham on Russia: Insights and Recommendations
January 03, 2018
New US Security Strategy Is a Clear Bureaucratic Victory for the ‘Russia Skeptics.’ Has the President Read It?
December 21, 2017
A Moscow Reporter’s Notebook: Myths, Misunderstandings and 6 More Years of Bad News for US-Russia Ties
As The Washington Post’s outgoing Moscow bureau chief bids farewell to Russia (again), he reflects on the drastically different ways Moscow and Washington see things and what it means for the two countries' relationship.
After the INF Treaty: An Objective Look at US and Russian Compliance, Plus a New Arms Control Regime
Russia, according to U.S. officials, has violated the INF Treaty. The U.S. is on the verge of violating, if it has not already done so. What’s needed now is a new treaty focusing on warheads instead of delivery systems.
Operating on the assumption of a Putin victory in 2018, we can assume two things: His early economic successes will be eclipsed by much weaker economic performance to come and we will not see significant change for the better in Russia’s relations wi...
From Cockroaches to Weather: What’s Russia Weaponizing?
Everyone knows Russia has Kalashnikovs and intercontinental ballistic missiles in its arsenal. But in recent years it has been accused of weaponizing much, much more—from refugees and national trauma to media and its own population. Here's our list s...
Centrifugal Forces: Why Russian Oligarchs Remain Loyal to the Putin Government
Moscow has adeptly used carrots and sticks to bind the oligarchs to the regime. But now that the super-rich are more invested in domestic policies, they could start pushing for real reform. Can U.S. policies help?
Russia and the West are not locked in a life-and-death battle over the Balkans. The region is just a vulnerable periphery where Moscow can exert influence as part of a broader contest with the U.S and the EU.
The U.S. has never had a less effective relationship with post-Soviet Russia than it does today. Yet not a single one of the threats posed by Moscow has a military solution. In fact, escalation carries unacceptable risks.
US-Russia Policy 1 Year On: Experts Weigh In on Successes, Failures, Where to Go from Here
Our respondents agree, for the most part, that there have been few successes in the new administration’s dealings with Moscow. Their recommendations for moving forward are as varied as their backgrounds.