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On Nukes, Election Interference and Ukraine

February 20, 2018
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.
Analysis

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

Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky February 14, 2018 RM Exclusives
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.
Analysis

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

RM Staff February 08, 2018 RM Exclusives
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.
News
On Nukes, Election Interference and Ukraine
February 20, 2018
Analysis
Unintended Escalation: 5 Lessons From Israel for the Russia-NATO Standoff
February 14, 2018
Analysis
Debate: Can Russia Be a Viable Counterterrorism Partner for the United States?
February 08, 2018
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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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Blog

Russia-Related Highlights in the U.S. Worldwide Threat Assessment

RM Staff
What does the U.S. intelligence community's Worldwide Threat Assessment for 2018 have to say about Russia?
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Blog

Deadly Clash Between US Allies and Russian Contract Soldiers in Syria Serves as a Reminder That a Direct US-Russian Conflict Is Not Impossible

RM Staff
A possibly rogue operation by Russian contract soldiers underscores the complexities and broader dangers of the multi-party, multi-proxy conflict in Syria.
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Analysis

Contrary to Expectations, US-Russian Relations Deteriorate Under President Trump

Thomas Graham
One might think the relationship has nowhere to go but up. But the omens suggest otherwise, that relations will continue to deteriorate, as Trump begins his second year in office.
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Analysis

New START Expires in 3 Years and Nobody Knows What Comes Next

Nikolai Sokov
Much stands in the way of a new treaty, but allowing New START to expire would not be in either country's interest.
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Analysis

US-Russia-Turkey Dynamics in Syria After ‘Olive Branch’: One Door Closes, Another Opens

Oksana Antonenko
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 ...
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Blog

When Does Russia See Red? Foreign Minister Lavrov on Red Lines

Simon Saradzhyan
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.
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Analysis

Russia's Presidential Election Runs Into Reality

Nikolas K. Gvosdev
The domestic and international problems plaguing Russia won't be solved by the March election.
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Blog

A Moscow Reporter’s Notebook: Myths, Misunderstandings and 6 More Years of Bad News for US-Russia Ties

David Filipov
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.
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Analysis

After the INF Treaty: An Objective Look at US and Russian Compliance, Plus a New Arms Control Regime

Kevin Ryan
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.
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