Analysis

The Global War on Chechnya: What Does 9/11 Teach Us About Counterterrorism Cooperation With Russia?

Paul Kolbe October 13, 2021 RM Exclusives
Mutual interest in fighting terrorism simply cannot counter all the negatives in current U.S.-Russian relations to serve as a basis for improved overall bilateral ties.
News

RAND: US Can Do Little to Change Trajectory of Sino-Russian Relations; Kapitonov: Current Turbulence on Gas Market Is Largely Europe’s Own Doing

October 12, 2021
A RAND report finds there is little the U.S. can or should do to change Chinese-Russian relations; the model of pricing on the gas market Europe itself built is behind the turbulence, writes Sergei Kapitonov; and more in our weekly analysis round-up.
Analysis

US-Russian Cyber Stability Needs ‘Drunken Party’ Approach: Limits, Deterrence and Communication

Joseph S. Nye October 06, 2021 RM Exclusives
Even though a cyber treaty would be unverifiable, it may be possible to set limits on certain types of behavior and to negotiate rough rules of the road by combining deterrence and norms and appealing to the self-interest of the states involved.
Analysis
The Global War on Chechnya: What Does 9/11 Teach Us About Counterterrorism Cooperation With Russia?
October 13, 2021
News
RAND: US Can Do Little to Change Trajectory of Sino-Russian Relations; Kapitonov: Current Turbulence on Gas Market Is Largely Europe’s Own Doing
October 12, 2021
Analysis
US-Russian Cyber Stability Needs ‘Drunken Party’ Approach: Limits, Deterrence and Communication
October 06, 2021
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Analysis

Expert Survey: Will the Outcome of Russia’s Elections Impact Its Foreign Policy?

RM Staff
We’ve asked four experts to give their takes on the key outcome of the elections and their impact on Russia’s foreign policy, particularly toward the U.S. and the West.
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Analysis

European Gas Crisis: Russia to the Rescue?

Sergei Kapitonov
The prompt stabilization of the European gas market is not only in the interests of collapsing European companies, but of Gazprom, too.
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Blog

Russian Attitudes Toward West Improve Despite Feelings of Isolation

Aleksandra Srdanovic
When asked about Russia’s presence on the global stage in recent Levada Center polls, respondents feel Russia is isolated and viewed as a competitor by developed nations. Nevertheless, a majority want a more positive relationship with the West.
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Blog

From Wine to Tornadoes: Russians Continue to Invoke ‘No Worse’ Argument in Competition With West

RM Staff
Russian goods, weapons and even weather events are “no worse and even better than” their analogues in the West, according to Russian officials, business leaders and journalists in our compilation of this peculiar linguistic trope.
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Analysis

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

Mary Chesnut and Julian G. Waller
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.
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Analysis

Why the US Should Rethink Its Russia-centric Ukraine Policy

Nicolai N. Petro
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.
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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

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

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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