News

US Rejects Putin’s Offer to Not Deploy Missiles in Europe; Talks With Top Azerbaijani, Armenian Diplomats, International Mediators Begin in Geneva

October 30, 2020
The U.S. said it’s ready to deploy intermediate- and shorter-range missiles in Europe to deter Russia, TASS reports; talks begin to find a deal to bring a halt to fighting over Nagorno Karabakh, RFE/RL reports; and more in our weekly news round-up. 
Analysis

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Development Hampered by Internal Conflicts

Lucie Messy October 29, 2020 RM Exclusives
While the capabilities of individual SCO members, such as China and Russia, pose a challenge to Western countries’ interests, due to internal challenges and a loose organizational structure, the organization itself does not.
Blog

Trump’s Popularity Wanes Among Russians, Fewer Paying Attention to US Election Than in 2016

RM Staff October 27, 2020
Fewer Russians believe U.S. President Donald Trump will be better for Russia than they did in 2016, though the president is still more popular among Russians than Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
News
US Rejects Putin’s Offer to Not Deploy Missiles in Europe; Talks With Top Azerbaijani, Armenian Diplomats, International Mediators Begin in Geneva
October 30, 2020
Analysis
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Development Hampered by Internal Conflicts
October 29, 2020
Blog
Trump’s Popularity Wanes Among Russians, Fewer Paying Attention to US Election Than in 2016
October 27, 2020
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Analysis

Emulation and Military Change in Russia

Emmanuel Dreyfus
Western models have inspired the creation of Russia's Special Operation Command, Military Police and the development of private military companies, as have centuries-old Russian military traditions.
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Analysis

Have America’s Russia Watchers Been Getting It Wrong?

Center for the National Interest
Washington's surprise at Russia's behavior over the past few decades suggests that American experts — now more than ever — are struggling to assess and predict Russian actions.
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Analysis

Beyond Arms Embargo, Obstacles Remain to Iran’s Acquisition of Russian Weapons

Nicole Grajewski
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.
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Analysis

Do Black Lives Matter in Russia?

Peter Rutland and Andrei Kazantsev
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.
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Analysis

The Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, Two Weeks In

Michael Kofman and Leonid Nersisyan
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.
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Analysis

The Honest Spy

William Tobey
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.
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Analysis

Who ‘Defeated’ ISIS? An Analysis of US and Russian Contributions

Domitilla Sagramoso
There can be little doubt that the U.S. and its allies played a much bigger role in subduing the terror group than Russia. But ISIS has plenty of life in it yet and any alleged victory is fragile.
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Analysis

Armenia-Azerbaijan War: Military Dimensions of the Conflict

Michael Kofman
This large scale conventional war between the two countries is likely to upend the status quo of territorial control in the region.
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Analysis

US Should Keep an Eye on Rising Chinese Investment in the South Caucasus

Daniel Shapiro
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....
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Analysis

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Russia

RM Staff
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?
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