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Burns Predicts Putin’s Russia Will Remain Highly Competitive or Adversarial, While Putin Claims West Is Trying to Disrupt Russia Rather Than Compete With It

February 26, 2021
William Burns says China is the major geopolitical test for the U.S. and a “declining” Russia remains “a familiar threat”; Putin instructed the FSB to prioritize the Western threat against Russia’s development, AFP reports; and more in our weekly new...
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Levada Polls Show Putin’s Opponents in Minority, but Approval of Duma Slips Ahead of Elections

RM Staff February 26, 2021
Despite a tumultuous year, more Russians continue to view both Putin and their country's direction positively than negatively so far this year, according to the Levada Center’s latest batch of polling results.
Analysis

The Real Russia ‘Reset’: Reassessing US Sanctions Policy Against Russia

Daniel P. Ahn February 25, 2021 RM Exclusives
Empirically tracking sanctions’ exact impact shows that the pecuniary cost of sanctions to Russia has been larger than previously estimated, but these sanctions have had an effect on domestic politics that is not necessarily favorable to U.S. interests.
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Burns Predicts Putin’s Russia Will Remain Highly Competitive or Adversarial, While Putin Claims West Is Trying to Disrupt Russia Rather Than Compete With It
February 26, 2021
Blog
Levada Polls Show Putin’s Opponents in Minority, but Approval of Duma Slips Ahead of Elections
February 26, 2021
Analysis
The Real Russia ‘Reset’: Reassessing US Sanctions Policy Against Russia
February 25, 2021
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US Sanctions Against Russia May Be Recalibrated, But Overhaul Unlikely

Ingrid Burke
While it is difficult to predict specific changes to the existing sanctions regime, it is reasonable to assume that Washington will continue using these economic tools to pressure Moscow, even while conducting a review of the measures currently in pl...
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Analysis

Biden’s Russia Policy Will Be Shaped by His Priorities, Not Just His People

Paul Saunders
In America’s current political climate, it is hardly surprising that Biden’s key subordinates have spoken skeptically about Russia and the prospects for U.S.-Russian relations.
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Analysis

George Shultz on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff
Shultz, who died Feb. 7 at the age of 100, was well known for working effectively with his Soviet counterparts as secretary of state under Reagan. Here is a sampling of Shultz's views on Russia from bilateral arms control to Russia's economy and beyo...
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Young Russians Express Growing Disapproval of Putin

Thomas Schaffner
Nearly half of young Russians expressed dissatisfaction with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a recent poll by the Levada Center, marking a significant decrease in approval from previous years and a generational divide.
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Analysis

With New START Extended, What Is Future of US-Russian Arms Control?

RM Staff
Experts Laura Kennedy, Michael Krepon, Emmanuelle Maître, Olga Oliker, Steven Pifer and William H. Tobey weigh in with answers.
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Analysis

Will Pro-Navalny Protests Threaten Putin’s Power?

Angela Stent and Adrianna Pita
The recent protests in Russia are fueled by frustrations with Vladimir Putin’s repressive government, Russia’s stagnant economy and the impacts of COVID, but whether demonstrations will grow into a sustained movement remains to be seen.
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Analysis

Expert Survey: How Will Climate Change Impact US-Russian Relations?

RM Staff
Russia Matters asked four leading climate experts to weigh in on the impacts of climate change on Russia and the U.S., its effect on the global balance of power and how the Biden administration’s policies toward Russia may be shaped by this shared th...
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Analysis

Russia’s Impact on US National Interests: Preventing Nuclear War and Proliferation

Alexandra Bell
The U.S. should think about future engagement with Russia as the continuation of a long and sometimes difficult process that has ably served the security of both countries.
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Analysis

Navalny’s Bravery Is Unlikely to Shift Putin’s Entrenched Power

Jeff Hawn
While Alexei Navalny’s return to Russia following his poisoning with Novichok five months prior was a brave act, it has almost no chance of immediately deposing the current regime.
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Analysis

Russia’s Impact on US National Interests: Stability of the International Economy

Joseph Haberman
Just like the U.S., Moscow has a vested interest in global economic stability. But U.S. policymakers should not ignore Russia’s role as a potential disrupter.
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