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Notes on Valdai 2021: Putin Touts Russia’s ‘Healthy Conservatism’

Angela Stent October 27, 2021
The main messages from the meeting were that Russia, with its unique history and healthy conservative civilization, can offer solutions for a world where the West is in retreat.
Analysis

Deeper US Engagement with Uzbekistan Stymied by Changing US Priorities, Russian Wariness

Scott Radnitz October 26, 2021 RM Exclusives
After a long hiatus, Uzbekistan is back on America's radar, but any U.S. reengagement with Uzbekistan is likely to be short-lived and superficial.
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Kofman, Kendall-Taylor: Case for Russian Decline Is Overstated; Hill: Most American Policymakers Wish Russia Would ‘Just Go Away’

October 25, 2021
Kofman and Kendall-Taylor argue much of the evidence for Russia’s decline is not as consequential for the Kremlin as many in Washington assume; Hill argues U.S. policymakers would prefer to focus on what, in their view, really matters, like China.
Blog
Notes on Valdai 2021: Putin Touts Russia’s ‘Healthy Conservatism’
October 27, 2021
Analysis
Deeper US Engagement with Uzbekistan Stymied by Changing US Priorities, Russian Wariness
October 26, 2021
News
Kofman, Kendall-Taylor: Case for Russian Decline Is Overstated; Hill: Most American Policymakers Wish Russia Would ‘Just Go Away’
October 25, 2021
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2 Decades of Russian ‘Whataboutism’: A Partial Rundown

Aleksandra Srdanovic
Whataboutism: noun, the strategic practice of countering criticism with an accusation of wrongdoing against the criticizer, implying hypocrisy and/or disregarding circumstances that could weaken the latter charges, but not addressing the original cri...
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Analysis

The Global War on Chechnya: What Does 9/11 Teach Us About Counterterrorism Cooperation With Russia?

Paul Kolbe
Mutual interest in fighting terrorism simply cannot counter all the negatives in current U.S.-Russian relations to serve as a basis for improved overall bilateral ties.
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Analysis

US-Russian Contention in Cyberspace: Are Rules of the Road Necessary or Possible?

Lauren Zabierek, Christie Lawrence, Miles Neumann and Pavel Sharikov
Strategic thinkers in both countries have raised the idea of cyber “rules of the road.” This exploratory paper considers whether such an agreement is feasible, comparing American and Russian perspectives.
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US-Russian Cyber Stability Needs ‘Drunken Party’ Approach: Limits, Deterrence and Communication

Joseph S. Nye
Even though a cyber treaty would be unverifiable, it may be possible to set limits on certain types of behavior and to negotiate rough rules of the road by combining deterrence and norms and appealing to the self-interest of the states involved.
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Analysis

Expert Survey: Will the Outcome of Russia’s Elections Impact Its Foreign Policy?

RM Staff
We’ve asked four experts to give their takes on the key outcome of the elections and their impact on Russia’s foreign policy, particularly toward the U.S. and the West.
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Analysis

European Gas Crisis: Russia to the Rescue?

Sergei Kapitonov
The prompt stabilization of the European gas market is not only in the interests of collapsing European companies, but of Gazprom, too.
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Russian Attitudes Toward West Improve Despite Feelings of Isolation

Aleksandra Srdanovic
When asked about Russia’s presence on the global stage in recent Levada Center polls, respondents feel Russia is isolated and viewed as a competitor by developed nations. Nevertheless, a majority want a more positive relationship with the West.
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From Wine to Tornadoes: Russians Continue to Invoke ‘No Worse’ Argument in Competition With West

RM Staff
Russian goods, weapons and even weather events are “no worse and even better than” their analogues in the West, according to Russian officials, business leaders and journalists in our compilation of this peculiar linguistic trope.
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Analysis

Russia’s Response to US Withdrawal From Afghanistan: Criticism of US, Concerns About Security Environment

Mary Chesnut and Julian G. Waller
While schadenfreude and strategic anti-U.S. messaging is the most visible aspect of Russia’s immediate response, Moscow’s more material concerns—including regional instability and the spread of radical Islamic terrorism—should not be understated.
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Analysis

Why the US Should Rethink Its Russia-centric Ukraine Policy

Nicolai N. Petro
Because the author considers the West’s Ukraine policies likely to end in backlash, he submits that they cannot be in the national interest of the United States.
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