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.
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.
Hopes for New START Extension Reemerge; Putin Does not Rule out Military Union Between Moscow and Beijing
October 23, 2020
Emulation and Military Change in Russia
October 23, 2020
Beyond Arms Embargo, Obstacles Remain to Iran’s Acquisition of Russian Weapons
October 15, 2020
RM Staff Picks
Putin’s Domestic Approval Rebounds; Numbers for Mishustin Less Clear
While Vladimir Putin's approval rating has risen of late according to Levada Center polling, numbers for Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin are less clear.
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.
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.
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.
US Should Keep an Eye on Rising Chinese Investment in the South Caucasus
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....
Time For Russia and Other Great Powers to Move From Words to Actions to End Karabakh War
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...
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.
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?