News

Russia, US, NATO Agree to More Talks on Ukraine; CIA Says Havana Syndrome Unlikely Caused by US Foes; Russian Oil Imports to US Higher Than Saudi Arabia’s

January 21, 2022
These developments, plus new hacker arrests in Russia at U.S. request, new Russia-Iran-China naval drills and more in this week’s news digest.
Analysis

Breaking the Impasse Between Russia and the West Over European Security

Thomas Graham January 20, 2022 RM Exclusives
Compromises by the West—including a lengthy moratorium on NATO expansion—can ensure that competition with Moscow proceeds in a way that minimizes the risk of catastrophic military conflict.
Analysis

In Kazakhstan Upheaval, Economic Grievances Collide With Tricky Transfer of Power

Peter Leonard January 12, 2022 RM Exclusives
The deployment of CSTO peacekeepers cannot but count as a victory for Moscow: It has gained leverage over a neighbor long able to balance its foreign-policy ties with Russia, China and the West.
News
Russia, US, NATO Agree to More Talks on Ukraine; CIA Says Havana Syndrome Unlikely Caused by US Foes; Russian Oil Imports to US Higher Than Saudi Arabia’s
January 21, 2022
Analysis
Breaking the Impasse Between Russia and the West Over European Security
January 20, 2022
Analysis
In Kazakhstan Upheaval, Economic Grievances Collide With Tricky Transfer of Power
January 12, 2022
RM Staff Picks
Analysis

Liberal Illusions Caused the Ukraine Crisis

Stephen M. Walt
Had the United States and its European allies not succumbed to hubris, wishful thinking and liberal idealism and relied instead on realism’s core insights, the present crisis would not have occurred.
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Analysis

For Russia and US, National Security Must Be Embedded in Mutual Security

Robert Legvold
The clash around Ukraine is over competing rights, not merely conflicting interests, and any solution depends on incentives (rather than disincentives) and a rebuilding of trust.
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Blog

Hot Take: If US/NATO-Russia Talks Are in ‘Dead End,’ What Does Putin Want in Writing Next Week?

Simon Saradzhyan
Moscow’s new deadline gives Washington time to rethink its position on Russia’s demand that NATO not expand eastward and at the same time to contemplate Russia’s capacity to act as a major spoiler vs. as a useful facilitator of U.S./Western interests...
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Blog

From Cyberspace to Security Strategy: RM's Most Read of 2021

RM Staff
From Russia's new national security strategy and its implications for Russia's relations with other global powers, to American and Russian takes on the prospects for a cyber rules of the road agreement, check Russia Matters' top reads of 2021.
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Analysis

Russia Takes a Gamble in Kazakhstan

Dmitri Trenin
If Russia succeeds in propping up the regime in Kazakhstan and making it more pro-Russian, then the Central Asian nation could, like Belarus, become a more reliable ally and partner for Russia.
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Blog

Biden-Putin Chat Buoys Hopes for Easing US-Russian Tensions This Month

RM Staff
With three upcoming security dialogues between Russia and the West, the Dec. 30 “phone summit” suggests Moscow and Washington may eventually find enough compromises to de-escalate.
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Analysis

Where is the Confrontation Over Ukraine Heading?

Center for the National Interest
On Jan. 5, 2022, the Center for the National Interest held an event on the conflict in Ukraine.
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Analysis

The Ukraine Crisis Will End Inevitably in a Redivision of Europe

Thomas Graham
The dividing line between Europe and the Russian sphere of influence in Europe has gravitated westward and eastward over the past three centuries as a consequence of periodic trials of arms.
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Analysis

Russia's Discouraging Demographics Shouldn't Change US Approach

Alexandra Vacroux
The possibility that Russia might have fewer people and a smaller economy will not negate the fact that it is a nuclear superpower with unfriendly intent. What Russia becomes is less important than what Russia is willing to do.
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Blog

Back in the USSR: Are Residents of Former Republics Better Off 30 Years Later?

RM Staff
Thirty years ago this month, the USSR officially ceased to exist. Today, quantitative indicators show that despite turbulence, the residents of most individual republics are now better off in some measures than they were at independence.
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