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Event | February 14, 2019

Elections, Political Campaigns, and Grassroots Activism through a Comparative Lens

Join Harvard's Davis Center for a talk with Dr. Vitali Shkliarov about his experience working as an organizer, consultant and strategist for the opposition on election campaigns in Russia, Georgia and Ukraine. The talk will also cover US-Russia relations, fake news, election interference, grassroots activism in different political and cultural contexts and the use of technology in fighting for democracy in authoritarian regimes.
Event | February 26, 2019

Focus on Russia: Putinism

Join the MIT Security Studies Program for a talk with Brian Taylor (Syracuse University) on the set of ideas, emotions, and habits that influence how Team Putin views the world. 
Analysis | February 08, 2019

Sorting Through the Noise: RM's Most Popular Reads

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 ...
Analysis | February 07, 2019

As Russia and US Give Up on INF, ‘New Cold War or Not’ Debate Flares Again

With Russia and the U.S. both suspending participation in the INF Treaty, fears of a new arms race abound, with some analysts declaring a “new Cold War.” Russia’s foreign minister dismissed such notions this week, reportedly saying, “I don’t think we’re talking about the development of a Cold War… A new era has begun.” NATO’s secretary-general made the same point last spring. But not everyone agrees with them.

In policy and academic circles the “New Cold War or Not” debate has been percolating for years, prompting thoughtful dueling Twitter threads among the professorial social-media set. Those who call today’s tensions a “Cold War” sometimes use the term simply to emphasize the intensity and dangers of the current standoff between Russia and the West. When details of the comparison surface, they tend to involve military threats—top among them nuclear war, including accidental war—and the two sides’ competition for global supremacy. Those who say “Cold War” doesn’t apply today also marshal plenty of convincing arguments. These include Russia’s relative weakness since the Soviet collapse, the absence of an ideological battle between Moscow and Washington, the end of the global bipolarity that had accompanied that battle, Russia’s much greater interconnectedness with the global economy and, of course, the rise of China. Both those who do subscribe to the term “Cold War” and those who don’t point out differences between today’s confrontation and the 20th-century version. Many foreign-policy experts, for example, have noted with alarm the lack of communication channels between Moscow and Washington and of safeguards to manage the risks of escalation.

Below are some of the most striking similarities and differences between U.S.-Russian tensions now and before as pointed out by Western and Russian politicians and analysts on both sides of the debate.
Event | February 08, 2019

William B. Taylor: Ukraine and World Order

Join the Fletcher School at Tufts University for a lunch talk with William B. Taylor, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, on the role of Ukraine in world affairs.