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Eugene Rumer: Hard to Accept Nord Stream 2 Opposition Prioritizes Ukraine's, Poland's National Interests Over Germany's

August 20, 2018
Also in this week's analytical digest, Michael Kofman looks back on the Russo-Georgian war, Andrei Kolesnikov ponders how the Kremlin might distract the Russian public from the pension age hike and much more.
Blog

How Much Do Americans Care About Russia?

Angelina Flood August 16, 2018
Pundits and news junkies may attach more significance to Russia than the U.S. public at large, but it’s not true that Russia is missing from ordinary Americans’ threat radar altogether.
Analysis

When Does Vladimir Putin’s Russia Send In Troops?

Simon Saradzhyan August 07, 2018 RM Exclusives
Examining Putin’s three military interventions abroad, the author sees a pattern in which two conditions must be present for Russia to intervene with force: a threat to its vital interests and a reasonable chance of success.
News
Eugene Rumer: Hard to Accept Nord Stream 2 Opposition Prioritizes Ukraine's, Poland's National Interests Over Germany's
August 20, 2018
Blog
How Much Do Americans Care About Russia?
August 16, 2018
Analysis
When Does Vladimir Putin’s Russia Send In Troops?
August 07, 2018
Editors' Picks
Blog

Will Pension Protests ‘Take Down’ Putin?

Simon Saradzhyan
Russia’s push to raise its pension age has sparked a public backlash, driving the president’s approval ratings to their lowest point in years. But Putin has survived worse, and is likely to bend before he breaks.
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US Experts Largely Negative on Outcome of Trump-Putin Summit, Russians Give Mixed Assessment

RM Staff
Henry Kissinger called the summit “a missed opportunity.” Russian experts pointed to concrete proposals on the Middle East, but also felt Moscow was underestimating the backlash Trump faces at home.
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Analysis

In Helsinki, Trump Takes ‘Do No Harm’ Approach to Russia on 2 Issues: Syria and Energy

Nikolas K. Gvosdev
For now, at least, the U.S. will not help its Middle Eastern and European allies pursue their own engagement with Moscow, but will not interfere with it a great deal either.
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Analysis

Trump on Russia: In His Own Words

RM Staff
From election interference and the war in Syria to praise for Putin and weaponized cold snaps—read over two years' worth of the president’s comments on Russia.
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Analysis

The Helsinki Summit: A Good Idea Turns Bad

George Beebe
Expectations for the Helsinki summit were low, but the U.S. and Russia still managed to sail their listing bilateral ship directly into the rocks of the Russian cyber-meddling controversy.
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Analysis

Time for a Helsinki Communique

Thomas Graham
The Shanghai Communique of 1972 dispensed with worn-out platitudes about cooperation and laid out the disputes between the U.S. and China. Doing so gave it an air of credibility. So what would a U.S.-Russian Helsinki Communique look like?
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Blog

Ukraine’s ‘Creeping Advances’: A Win-Win Tactic?

Huseyn Aliyev
For more than two years Ukraine has been quietly “de-occupying” a gray zone between its troops and Russian-backed separatists. No matter how Russia and the West respond, Ukraine’s leadership stands to benefit.
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Analysis

Terror Threat from Russian-Speaking Jihadists Won’t End with World Cup, and the West Should Care

Jean-François Ratelle
The war in Syria has greatly expanded Russian-speaking extremist groups’ transnational networks in Europe and beyond, posing an international counterterrorism challenge for years to come.
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Analysis

Measuring National Power: Is Vladimir Putin’s Russia in Decline?

Simon Saradzhyan and Nabi Abdullaev
Russia’s standing in the world—both real and perceived—has a profound impact on U.S. security and policies, as well as on Moscow's actions. This report offers a unique quantitative stocktaking of Russia’s national power.
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Analysis

China-Russia Relations: Same Bed, Different Dreams?

Simon Saradzhyan and Ali Wyne
China and Russia’s shared interests have brought them closer together, but growing disparities between the two make a formal alliance unlikely, unless two conditions emerge—including a weakened, isolated Russia.
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