This week’s analysis digest covers claims that Russia wants to “escalate to de-escalate,” the old-school nature of Moscow’s election meddling (and America’s), Putin’s desire to keep Ukraine out of NATO and much more.
For the past few years, Western planners have been girding for Russian aggression. Ironically, this has raised the likelihood of an unplanned war. Israel has fought such wars and has important lessons to offer the U.S. and Russia.
Some of the most crucial questions related to U.S policies toward Russia have no easy answers and deserve to be debated by knowledgeable experts. Here are two articles trying to answer one such question.
On Nukes, Election Interference and Ukraine
February 20, 2018
Unintended Escalation: 5 Lessons From Israel for the Russia-NATO Standoff
February 14, 2018
Debate: Can Russia Be a Viable Counterterrorism Partner for the United States?
February 08, 2018
US Approach to Russia in New Nuclear Posture Review Risks Boosting Chances of Conflict
Instead of using trusted tools to manage our countries’ high-risk frictions, the new NPR seems to pursue the one thing that failed to make America and its allies safer in the Cold War: a nuclear arms race.
US-Russia-Turkey Dynamics in Syria After ‘Olive Branch’: One Door Closes, Another Opens
Ankara’s Afrin offensive has exposed Moscow’s vulnerabilities in Syria and hurt Russia’s chances for casting itself as the lead player in clinching a peace deal. But it also opens a new door for tactical U.S.-Russian cooperation to keep the peace in ...
When Does Russia See Red? Foreign Minister Lavrov on Red Lines
Russia’s top diplomat has named some of Moscow’s red lines. These, the author argues, were shaped in large part by the color revolutions of the early 2000s and their effect on Putin’s perception of relations with the West.
A Moscow Reporter’s Notebook: Myths, Misunderstandings and 6 More Years of Bad News for US-Russia Ties
As The Washington Post’s outgoing Moscow bureau chief bids farewell to Russia (again), he reflects on the drastically different ways Moscow and Washington see things and what it means for the two countries' relationship.
After the INF Treaty: An Objective Look at US and Russian Compliance, Plus a New Arms Control Regime
Russia, according to U.S. officials, has violated the INF Treaty. The U.S. is on the verge of violating, if it has not already done so. What’s needed now is a new treaty focusing on warheads instead of delivery systems.