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Trump Pressed His Team to Consider Strikes on Russian and Iranian Targets in Syria

April 20, 2018
Although the U.S. president wanted his team to consider wider strikes, they ended up focusing on Assad’s suspected chemical facilities only. This and much more in the latest Russia in Review.
Analysis

Graham Allison on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff April 19, 2018 RM Exclusives
A leading analyst of U.S. national security and defense policy who served with distinction in both the Reagan and Clinton administrations weighs in on issues crucial to the U.S.-Russia relationship.
Blog

Mission Far From Accomplished in Syria: Strikes Won’t Deter Future Chemical Attacks or End Slaughter

Simon Saradzhyan April 16, 2018
Assad benefits in at least two ways from continued use of chemical weapons: It intimidates his opponents without jeopardizing his soldiers, and it drives an ever deeper wedge between Washington and Moscow.
News
Trump Pressed His Team to Consider Strikes on Russian and Iranian Targets in Syria
April 20, 2018
Analysis
Graham Allison on Russia: Insights and Recommendations
April 19, 2018
Blog
Mission Far From Accomplished in Syria: Strikes Won’t Deter Future Chemical Attacks or End Slaughter
April 16, 2018
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Team Trump on Russia: John Bolton’s Views

Kevin Doyle
As the new national security adviser steps into his role, his bellicose, America-first approach to foreign policy has been cause for comment and consternation. In this evolving guide, we track Bolton's views on Russia and the issues central to U.S.-R...
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Analysis

Russia and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Laying Out the Publicly Available Evidence

David Filipov, Kevin Doyle and Natasha Yefimova-Trilling
Americans’ opinions about allegations of “Russiagate” are often split along party lines—in part because the publicly available evidence has come in forms that leave room for doubt. Here we try to present it as systematically as possible. Newly update...
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Analysis

Brzezinski on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff
The former presidential advisor on national security retained a deep skepticism about Russia’s aims and intentions, even when calling on the U.S. to integrate it into the West.
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Analysis

In Dealing With Russia Washington Should Embrace Reason, Not Passion

Paul Saunders
George Washington warned us to avoid “inveterate antipathies toward particular nations” as they could lead to “envenomed and bloody contests” over “trifling occasions of dispute.” How right he was!
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Analysis

From Mutually Assured Destruction to Mutually Assured Delusion (and Back?)

Simon Saradzhyan
If U.S. and Russian decision-makers do not just profess but also genuinely believe in the continuing decline and pending collapse of each other’s countries, then chances are they will act more assertively against each other.
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Analysis

What Putin's Reelection Means for Russia and the World

Nikolas K. Gvosdev
So Putin returns to office, likely to take the initiative to shape both Russia’s domestic politics and its international position to his liking.
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Analysis

Putin's Pivot: 4 New Features of Russian Foreign Policy

Daniel Treisman
The annexation of Crimea in 2014 signaled a new phase of Russian foreign policy, characterized by risk taking, neglect of exit strategies, outsourcing and saber rattling. But can the success of these tactics last?
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Analysis

Unintended Escalation: 5 Lessons From Israel for the Russia-NATO Standoff

Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky
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.
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Debate

Debate: Can Russia Be a Viable Counterterrorism Partner for the United States?

RM Staff
The upcoming fifth anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing serves as a reminder that U.S.-Russian counterterrorism cooperation was not easy even when the general relationship between the two countries was better than today. While no one dis...
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Analysis

US Approach to Russia in New Nuclear Posture Review Risks Boosting Chances of Conflict

Jon Wolfsthal
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.
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