Rumer and Sokolsky argue 30 years of unrealistic policies have hurt the U.S.-Russia relationship, while Stephen Walt notes it was naïve for the West to think Russia wouldn’t react to continued NATO expansion. More in our latest analytical round-up.
How Much Did Orthodox Church Help Revive Russia’s Military and Nuclear Complex?
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.
How the US Managed, and Mismanaged, Russia: A Superstar Diplomat Tells His Story
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.
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.
5 Years Since Russia’s Intervention in Ukraine: Has Putin’s Gamble Paid Off?
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.