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Hopes for New START Extension Reemerge; Putin Does not Rule out Military Union Between Moscow and Beijing

October 23, 2020
The U.S. will resume New START talks with Russia after Moscow agreed to consider a mutual freeze on atomic warheads; Putin said Russia didn’t need a military union with China, but it was possible to imagine one; and more in our weekly news round-up.
Analysis

Emulation and Military Change in Russia

Emmanuel Dreyfus October 23, 2020 RM Exclusives
Western models have inspired the creation of Russia's Special Operation Command, Military Police and the development of private military companies, as have centuries-old Russian military traditions.
Analysis

Beyond Arms Embargo, Obstacles Remain to Iran’s Acquisition of Russian Weapons

Nicole Grajewski October 15, 2020 RM Exclusives
On Oct. 18, the U.N. conventional arms embargo on Iran will expire despite Washington’s attempts to extend it. However, Russia's opposition to the extension should not be mistaken as an indication that Moscow will rush to sell weapons to Tehran.
News
Hopes for New START Extension Reemerge; Putin Does not Rule out Military Union Between Moscow and Beijing
October 23, 2020
Analysis
Emulation and Military Change in Russia
October 23, 2020
Analysis
Beyond Arms Embargo, Obstacles Remain to Iran’s Acquisition of Russian Weapons
October 15, 2020
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Putin’s Domestic Approval Rebounds; Numbers for Mishustin Less Clear

RM Staff
While Vladimir Putin's approval rating has risen of late according to Levada Center polling, numbers for Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin are less clear.
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Analysis

The Honest Spy

William Tobey
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen’s “A State of Mind: Faith and the CIA” offers an engaging, if eccentric, memoir from a man who battled some of America’s greatest post-World War II enemies, from the Soviet Union to al-Qaida.
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Analysis

The Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, Two Weeks In

Michael Kofman and Leonid Nersisyan
Azerbaijan and Armenia have now spent more than two weeks at war. Initial Azerbaijani tactical successes have failed to lead to an operational breakthrough and the conflict may settle into a war of attrition.
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Analysis

Do Black Lives Matter in Russia?

Peter Rutland and Andrei Kazantsev
Studying the reactions to Black Lives Matter in Russia can teach us a lot about Russian society—just as Russians and others have learned a great deal about American society as the movement has unfolded.
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Analysis

Armenia-Azerbaijan War: Military Dimensions of the Conflict

Michael Kofman
This large scale conventional war between the two countries is likely to upend the status quo of territorial control in the region.
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Analysis

Who ‘Defeated’ ISIS? An Analysis of US and Russian Contributions

Domitilla Sagramoso
There can be little doubt that the U.S. and its allies played a much bigger role in subduing the terror group than Russia. But ISIS has plenty of life in it yet and any alleged victory is fragile.
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Analysis

US Should Keep an Eye on Rising Chinese Investment in the South Caucasus

Daniel Shapiro
The recent flare-up of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan has turned global attention to the South Caucasus, but increased Chinese presence in this strategically sensitive region means U.S. policymakers shouldn't look away when tensions ease....
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Analysis

Time For Russia and Other Great Powers to Move From Words to Actions to End Karabakh War

Simon Saradzhyan
Russia remains the only country capable of single-handedly compelling Armenia and Azerbaijan to end the conflict in Karabakh. Yet, it has so far been unwilling to back its calls with the deeds needed to compel both sides to lay down arms, even if onl...
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Analysis

Rebuttal: Ukraine Is Emerging as Critical Node for White-Supremacy Extremists

Mollie Saltskog and Colin P. Clarke
The authors argue that the transnational threat of violent right-wing extremism emanating from the conflict in eastern Ukraine has not waned, even as the number of ultranationalist foreign fighters there has.
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Analysis

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Russia

RM Staff
What have the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and his newly announced vice-presidential pick said on the U.S. policies they advocate on key Russia-related issues, as well as their views on Russia itself?
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