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Notte, Azizi: Russia Backs JCPOA, but Won’t Press Iran on Missiles, Proxies; Lewis: To Slow Arms Race With Russia, US Must Accept Ballistic Missile Defense Constraints

February 22, 2021
Notte, Azizi argue Russia won’t press Iran on issues it sees as extraneous to the deal; Lewis writes the Biden administration would need to use considerable political capital to pass a treaty limiting missile defenses; and more in our weekly analysis...
Blog

US Sanctions Against Russia May Be Recalibrated, But Overhaul Unlikely

Ingrid Burke February 19, 2021
While it is difficult to predict specific changes to the existing sanctions regime, it is reasonable to assume that Washington will continue using these economic tools to pressure Moscow, even while conducting a review of the measures currently in place.
Analysis

Biden’s Russia Policy Will Be Shaped by His Priorities, Not Just His People

Paul Saunders February 18, 2021 RM Exclusives
In America’s current political climate, it is hardly surprising that Biden’s key subordinates have spoken skeptically about Russia and the prospects for U.S.-Russian relations.
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Notte, Azizi: Russia Backs JCPOA, but Won’t Press Iran on Missiles, Proxies; Lewis: To Slow Arms Race With Russia, US Must Accept Ballistic Missile Defense Constraints
February 22, 2021
Blog
US Sanctions Against Russia May Be Recalibrated, But Overhaul Unlikely
February 19, 2021
Analysis
Biden’s Russia Policy Will Be Shaped by His Priorities, Not Just His People
February 18, 2021
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Analysis

George Shultz on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff
Shultz, who died Feb. 7 at the age of 100, was well known for working effectively with his Soviet counterparts as secretary of state under Reagan. Here is a sampling of Shultz's views on Russia from bilateral arms control to Russia's economy and beyo...
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Young Russians Express Growing Disapproval of Putin

Thomas Schaffner
Nearly half of young Russians expressed dissatisfaction with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a recent poll by the Levada Center, marking a significant decrease in approval from previous years and a generational divide.
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Analysis

With New START Extended, What Is Future of US-Russian Arms Control?

RM Staff
Experts Laura Kennedy, Michael Krepon, Emmanuelle Maître, Olga Oliker, Steven Pifer and William H. Tobey weigh in with answers.
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Analysis

Will Pro-Navalny Protests Threaten Putin’s Power?

Angela Stent and Adrianna Pita
The recent protests in Russia are fueled by frustrations with Vladimir Putin’s repressive government, Russia’s stagnant economy and the impacts of COVID, but whether demonstrations will grow into a sustained movement remains to be seen.
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Analysis

Expert Survey: How Will Climate Change Impact US-Russian Relations?

RM Staff
Russia Matters asked four leading climate experts to weigh in on the impacts of climate change on Russia and the U.S., its effect on the global balance of power and how the Biden administration’s policies toward Russia may be shaped by this shared th...
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Analysis

Russia’s Impact on US National Interests: Preventing Nuclear War and Proliferation

Alexandra Bell
The U.S. should think about future engagement with Russia as the continuation of a long and sometimes difficult process that has ably served the security of both countries.
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Analysis

Navalny’s Bravery Is Unlikely to Shift Putin’s Entrenched Power

Jeff Hawn
While Alexei Navalny’s return to Russia following his poisoning with Novichok five months prior was a brave act, it has almost no chance of immediately deposing the current regime.
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Analysis

Russia’s Impact on US National Interests: Stability of the International Economy

Joseph Haberman
Just like the U.S., Moscow has a vested interest in global economic stability. But U.S. policymakers should not ignore Russia’s role as a potential disrupter.
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Analysis

SolarWinds Hack: Why We Need Defense, Not Retaliation

William Akoto
There may be no way to prevent systems from being breached, but the right cyber defenses could limit the damage and speed the recovery when they are broken into.
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Analysis

A Look at the Military Lessons of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Michael Kofman
The implications of the conflict continue to reverberate well outside the region given its potential significance for regional and great powers alike, while further spurring debates on the character of modern warfare.
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