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 2012.
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Russia and America Don’t Need Each Other as Enemies

Paul Saunders April 27, 2017 RM Exclusives
The idea that they do is as dangerous as it is convenient.
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Russian Defense Spending: Tricky Math

Olga Oliker April 26, 2017 RM Exclusives
With Russia flexing its military muscle, analysts are increasingly interested in how much Moscow is spending on weapons. This explainer lays out the factors that make those numbers hard to crunch.
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Russia Looks Out for Own Interests in Europe’s Elections But Risks Long-Term Blowback

Yuval Weber April 19, 2017 RM Exclusives
Liberals worry about Russian meddling in elections from France to Bulgaria. But Moscow didn’t create Euro-skepticism; it's just good at exploiting existing fissures in Western societies—and has been for a long time. Here's where that may lead.
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The Ukraine Crisis: Why Everyone Loses

Samuel Charap and Timothy J. Colton April 18, 2017 Partner Posts
As the conflict in eastern Ukraine approaches its fourth year, with nearly 10,000 dead so far, the authors consider how we’ve gotten to where we are and call for a radically different approach to resolution.
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25 Years of US-Russia Relations: What Went Wrong and Can It Go Right?

RM Staff April 14, 2017 RM Exclusives
A quarter century after the Soviet collapse, bilateral tensions are higher than hoped. Here, a score of esteemed Russia watchers explore the lessons learned, the role of diplomatic and commercial ties and the prospects for improvement.
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Tillerson in Moscow: A Welcome Return to Reality

Nikolas K. Gvosdev April 13, 2017 RM Exclusives
The U.S. secretary of state's visit to Moscow should mark the end of fantastical assumptions in both countries and the start of a sober, pragmatic process to root relations in a firm foundation.
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5 Conservative Principles for Dealing With Russia

William Tobey April 12, 2017 Partner Posts
Reestablishing a rough consensus on principles to guide American relations with Russia is a high foreign policy priority.
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Snapshot Analysis: Was Chemical Attack in Syria Meant to Drive Wedge Between US and Russia?

Simon Saradzhyan April 07, 2017 RM Exclusives
The U.S. strikes against Syria have sharply escalated tensions between Moscow and Washington, but the two can still mend fences and work toward peace in Syria.
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Tom Friedman Is Calling for a Partition of Syria: Trump Should Run the Other Way

Stephen M. Walt April 07, 2017 Recommended Reads
Sending U.S. troops into Syria is not a solution. After all, the U.S. does not have the best track record when it comes to intervention in the Middle East.
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Valdai Paper #64: Into the Unknown: US-Russian Relations Unhinged

Robert Legvold April 07, 2017 Partner Posts
If the larger picture defies prediction, the immediate future is scarcely more transparent.