News

Russia, China Threaten US Military Supremacy, China Becoming Ukraine’s No. 1 Trade Partner, Russian State Agencies Still Running on Foreign Software

May 24, 2019
Senate committee sees threats from China, Russia eroding U.S. “margin of military supremacy”; China beats out Russia as Kiev’s No. 1 trade partner; 96 percent of Russian state agencies still using foreign software. This and more in our news digest.
Analysis

2020 US Presidential Candidates on Russia: What Have They Said So Far?

Daniel Shapiro May 23, 2019 RM Exclusives
Most candidates overwhelmingly agree that while Russia is a key adversary of the U.S., the two countries should work to preserve bilateral arms control treaties like New START and the INF Treaty.
Analysis

Ukraine and NATO: Disconnect Between State Policy and Public Opinion Is Less Dangerous Than Russia

Daniel Shapiro May 09, 2019 RM Exclusives
Governments in plenty of countries have pushed through major foreign policy initiatives such as NATO entry despite formidable opposition among their citizens. This doesn’t necessarily mean Ukraine should do the same.
News
Russia, China Threaten US Military Supremacy, China Becoming Ukraine’s No. 1 Trade Partner, Russian State Agencies Still Running on Foreign Software
May 24, 2019
Analysis
2020 US Presidential Candidates on Russia: What Have They Said So Far?
May 23, 2019
Analysis
Ukraine and NATO: Disconnect Between State Policy and Public Opinion Is Less Dangerous Than Russia
May 09, 2019
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Analysis

Getting Somewhere With Russia: A Q&A With Angela Stent

RM Staff
An eminent Russia expert discuses Russia “as is,” competing and cooperating, the end of arms control, sanctions, Ukraine, Venezuela and much more.
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Analysis

How Much Did Orthodox Church Help Revive Russia’s Military and Nuclear Complex?

Dmitry Gorenburg
A highly readable and informative new book by Dmitry Adamsky sheds light on a woefully understudied topic—the relationship between Russia’s Orthodox Church and its military—while raising many questions worthy of further study.
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Blog

Pompeo in Russia: Key Takeaways on Bilateral Priorities

RM Staff
While the atmosphere was upbeat and conciliatory during the U.S. secretary of state's meetings with Russia's president and foreign minister, the tensions and differences between Washington and Moscow remained clear.
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Analysis

How the US Managed, and Mismanaged, Russia: A Superstar Diplomat Tells His Story

Graham Allison
William Burns’ new book describes his warnings to the Bush administration that pushing for NATO membership for Georgia and Ukraine would spur Moscow to use armed force in the former and to meddle in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
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Analysis

Drivers of Russian Grand Strategy

Michael Kofman
Mos­cow’s strategic outlook has always been shaped as much by perceptions of vulnerability, threats foreign and domestic, as it has by ambition and a drive for recognition.
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Analysis

Jihadists from Ex-Soviet Central Asia: Where Are They? Why Did They Radicalize? What Next?

Edward Lemon, Vera Mironova and William Tobey
Three authors draw on field work and other research to assess the motives, prospects and threats linked to Central Asian jihadists, including the thousands who joined Islamic State and other violent extremists in the Middle East.
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Blog

Key to Putin’s Passport Offers to Ukrainians? Russia’s Shrinking Labor Force

Simon Saradzhyan
Russia needs more workers and the best way to get them, in Putin’s view, is to spur labor migration by foreigners who are skilled, speak Russian and won’t need costly integration efforts. Ukraine is a perfect fit.
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Analysis

5 Years Since Russia’s Intervention in Ukraine: Has Putin’s Gamble Paid Off?

Simon Saradzhyan
The author analyzes the costs and benefits for Russia, finding that the intervention advanced one vital national interest and damaged several others. The costs have been manageable so far, but may eventually become prohibitive.
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With North Korea, Russia Knows It Can Only Play Second Fiddle to China and US

Simon Saradzhyan
Contrary to some experts’ views, Russia is neither the key to denuclearizing North Korea nor can it “deliver” an arms control agreement for Pyongyang’s arsenals, even in exchange for a softening of Western sanctions on Moscow.
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Analysis

Kissinger on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff
In a newly updated compilation of remarks, the eminent U.S. statesman offers ways to reconcile America’s necessities with Russia’s concerns.
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