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 with the West.
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 so far.
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.
Putin’s Legacy: Brezhnev Lite?
December 13, 2017
From Cockroaches to Weather: What’s Russia Weaponizing?
December 13, 2017
After the INF Treaty: An Objective Look at US and Russian Compliance, Plus a New Arms Control Regime
December 07, 2017
'Should We Sell This Off and Keep the Money?'
As White House officials tried to persuade Trump to not return the seized Russian diplomatic compounds, Trump marveled at the properties' real estate potential. This and more in the latest Russia in Review.
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.
Hacking Power Grids: New Tactic of War or Wave of the Future?
Recent research suggests that cyberattacks have not yet become a force multiplier to conventional military tools in wartime, but this may very well change in coming years as countries invest in such capabilities.
Russian-Saudi Rapprochement? Iran and Economic Strain Will Make It Tough
Mark N. Katz
Ties between Moscow and Riyadh remain fragile. Saudi Arabia’s main concern is Iran, while Russia wants both investment and sway in the Middle East. Balancing their geopolitical and economic interests will not be easy.