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NYT: Russian Opposition Calls Kremlin’s Duma Poll Win Falsified, But Unclear What It Can Do; Hoffman: Russia Is Opportunist in Middle East, Not Revisionist

September 20, 2021
It is unclear if critics of the Kremlin’s victory in the Duma vote can do anything about it, the New York Times reports; Hoffman argues Russia, China have benefited from the U.S.-led security order in the Middle East; and more in our weekly analysis ...
Analysis

Russia’s Response to US Withdrawal From Afghanistan: Criticism of US, Concerns About Security Environment

Mary Chesnut and Julian G. Waller September 14, 2021 RM Exclusives
While schadenfreude and strategic anti-U.S. messaging is the most visible aspect of Russia’s immediate response, Moscow’s more material concerns—including regional instability and the spread of radical Islamic terrorism—should not be understated.
Analysis

Why the US Should Rethink Its Russia-centric Ukraine Policy

Nicolai N. Petro September 09, 2021 RM Exclusives
Because the author considers the West’s Ukraine policies likely to end in backlash, he submits that they cannot be in the national interest of the United States.
News
NYT: Russian Opposition Calls Kremlin’s Duma Poll Win Falsified, But Unclear What It Can Do; Hoffman: Russia Is Opportunist in Middle East, Not Revisionist
September 20, 2021
Analysis
Russia’s Response to US Withdrawal From Afghanistan: Criticism of US, Concerns About Security Environment
September 14, 2021
Analysis
Why the US Should Rethink Its Russia-centric Ukraine Policy
September 09, 2021
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Analysis

Will Russia’s Upcoming Duma Elections Change Anything At All?

Andrei Kolesnikov
The authorities are faced with the fiendish task of convincing democratic-minded voters that there is no point in voting, while making every effort to boost turnout among the conformist, state-dependent electorate.
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Analysis

30 Years After End of Soviet Union, Its Main Lesson for Russia Remains ‘Reform or Else'

Sergei Guriev
Rapid economic growth requires reforms; reforms frighten entrenched elites; lack of economic growth will eventually force the regime to change—though whether this means more democratization or more repressiveness remains to be seen.
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Analysis

Twenty Years After: How Terrorism and the World have Changed Since 9/11

Center for the National Interest
Graham T. Allison, Paul Pillar and Jessica Stern discuss how the United States should deal with terrorism in the aftermath of its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and with friends and rivals abroad to secure vital security interests today.
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Analysis

The Impact of September 11 on US-Russian Relations

Angela Stent
U.S.-Russian cooperation in the initial stages of the Afghan war appeared to be transformative. Today, it is instructive to ask why the anti-terror partnership collapsed and what the Taliban’s victory might mean for future relations.
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Analysis

Fact-Check: Has Russia’s GDP Per Capita Really Dropped By 30% Since 2013?

RM Staff
This year, the FT wrote that Russia’s GDP per capita is 30% lower than in 2013—a surprising claim as neither Russia’s GDP nor its population had changed so drastically in that time. We find the number to be debatable.
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Analysis

Why Russia Is Unlikely to Use Zapad-2021 to Intervene Militarily in European Countries

Simon Saradzhyan
As Russia prepares to hold exercises in its western regions again, we hear warnings that Moscow will use the wargames as cover for aggression against another country; however, the conditions necessary for a Russian military intervention are absent.
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Blog

FSU Analysts Assess the Impact of Events in Afghanistan on Russia and US-RF Relations

RM Staff
When it comes to the events unfolding in Afghanistan, perspectives of Russia’s non-government Middle East experts on the ascent of the Taliban and its impact on Russia appear to be more varied than those of Russian diplomats and their other official ...
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Analysis

Lessons for Leaders: What Afghanistan Taught Russian and Soviet Strategists

Simon Saradzhyan
Moscow’s military intervention in Afghanistan lasted nearly a decade (1979-1989). It cost the USSR dearly in blood, treasure and power, but imparted lessons as well. Can some of these prove useful to the U.S. today?
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Analysis

Review of Marlene Laruelle's 'Is Russia Fascist? Unraveling Propaganda East and West'

Arthur Martirosyan
Laruelle convincingly depicts the perils of the poisonous potential of the memory wars and frivolous accusations in fascism to eliminate prospects for a negotiated modus vivendi on the European continent and driving the game to a set of zero-sum enco...
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Analysis

Russian Conquest of Central Asia

Sean's Russia Blog
In this episode of Sean's Russia Blog, host and Eurasia expert Sean Guillory talks with Alexander Morrison on his new book, "The Russian Conquest of Central Asia," published by Cambridge University Press.
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