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Event | September 06, 2018

Following the "Trail of Dead Russians"

Join the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) for a conversation with Amy Knight, author of Orders to Kill: The Putin Regime and Political Murder, to explore the unknown history of Vladimir Putin's rise from the KGB to the Kremlin, its implications for Russia’s political future and the future of U.S.-Russian relations.
Analysis | August 22, 2018

Russian Power Under Putin: Up and Down and Flatline

While Moscow’s military power has grown considerably, Putin has not created the conditions crucial for sustained economic growth and the development of new commercial technologies.
Analysis | August 19, 2018

How to Interfere in a Foreign Election

Despite Yeltsin's unpopularity, Washington saw him as easy to control, and so, U.S. resources were thrown behind a Russian presidential candidate.
Analysis | August 17, 2018

The August War, Ten Years On: A Retrospective on the Russo-Georgian War

In 2008, Moscow demonstrated the will and ability to actively contest the U.S. vision for European security, veto NATO expansion in its neighborhood and challenge Washington’s design for a normative international order where small states can determine their own affairs independent of the interests of great powers.
Analysis | August 16, 2018

How Much Do Americans Care About Russia?

Ordinary Americans care more about children’s upbringing than about Russia, claims Seth Ackerman, executive editor of Jacobin. In a July 19 post on the magazine’s blog, Ackerman writes: “[O]utside the self-enclosed vivarium that is the Twitter-cable-news-late-night-show axis, nobody actually cares about the Russia issue. In last month’s Gallup poll, less than 0.5 percent of Americans mentioned ‘the situation with Russia’ as the most important problem facing the country—coming in just behind ‘Children’s behavior/Way they are raised’ and far behind ‘Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness.’”

Ackerman’s interpretation of the Gallup poll is attention-grabbing, but somewhat misleading. In surveys, after all, much depends on the way questions are framed and the answer options available. While the open-ended poll cited by Ackerman asks respondents to name the “most important problem” facing the U.S., other surveys ask them to rank “threats” from an array of choices. A look at several polls from recent years suggests that Americans see Russia as more of a threat than Ackerman acknowledges, though not as a significant domestic concern.
Event | December 02, 2018

Red Horizon: A Strategic War Game on US-Russia-China-EU Relations

Join Harvard's Davis Center Negotiation Task Force for a 1-day immersive global crisis exercise that offers an opportunity for international and national security practitioners with government, academic, military and NGO backgrounds to practice advanced negotiation and decision-making skills in a highly realistic international crisis scenario.