Analysis

This listing contains all the analytical materials posted on the Russia Matters website. These include: RM Exclusives, commissioned by Russia Matters exclusively for this website; Recommended Reads, deemed particularly noteworthy by our editorial team; Partner Posts, originally published by our partners elsewhere; and Future Policy Leaders, pieces by promising young scholars and policy thinkers. Content can be filtered by genre and subject-specific criteria and is updated often. Gradually we will be adding older Recommended Reads and Partner Posts dating back as far as 2011.

Ukraine: Looking Forward, Five Years After the Maidan Revolution

Ukraine: Looking Forward, Five Years After the Maidan Revolution

article Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/13087651675_7f34e0c4c6_k.jpg?itok=jSPLnbqUUkraine: Looking Forward, Five Years After the Maidan RevolutionFebruary 22, 2019Steven PiferUkraine has made significant progress on domestic reform and agreed on the goal of becoming a normal European state. However, Ukraine has more to do, and it has to pursue further reforms while engaged in a low-intensity but nevertheless real war with Russia.

And Here the Twain Shall Meet: Eurasia’s Role in a Changing World Order

And Here the Twain Shall Meet: Eurasia’s Role in a Changing World Order

book review RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Ziegler-Eurasia_0.jpg?itok=WbV4JzoTAnd Here the Twain Shall Meet: Eurasia’s Role in a Changing World OrderFebruary 15, 2019Dominic ZieglerRussia and China are two key players in a new Eurasia. In the book reviewed here, Bruno Maçães argues that this supercontinent is the most salient feature of an emerging new world order.

Russia and China Beyond Realpolitik: The Bond of Respect and Values

Russia and China Beyond Realpolitik: The Bond of Respect and Values

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Wilson-pic-Putin-China.jpg?itok=QvEVh5f1Russia and China Beyond Realpolitik: The Bond of Respect and ValuesFebruary 04, 2019Jeanne L. WilsonConverging and diverging interests play a big role in shaping Chinese-Russian relations, but so do “status granting” and shared political values.

The INF Quandary: Preventing a Nuclear Arms Race in Europe. Perspectives from the US, Russia and Germany

The INF Quandary: Preventing a Nuclear Arms Race in Europe. Perspectives from the US, Russia and Germany

issue brief RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Soviet-inspector-stands-beside-mangled-remnants-of-Pershing-stages.jpg?itok=GECahtzmThe INF Quandary: Preventing a Nuclear Arms Race in Europe. Perspectives from the US, Russia and GermanyJanuary 24, 2019William Tobey, Pavel Zolotarev and Ulrich KühnThe 1987 INF Treaty now faces an existential threat that could lead to intermediate-range missiles targeting the entire European continent. Three experts weigh in on the consequences and prospects.

Mixed Messages on Trump’s Missile Defense Review

Mixed Messages on Trump’s Missile Defense Review

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/KordaKristensen_TrumpMDR_011719.jpg?itok=jGPfWpIvMixed Messages on Trump’s Missile Defense ReviewJanuary 17, 2019Matt Korda and Hans M. KristensenDespite the document’s assertion that “Missile Defenses are Stabilizing,” the Missile Defense Review promotes a posture that is anything but.

Gangster Geopolitics: The Kremlin’s Use of Criminals as Assets Abroad

Gangster Geopolitics: The Kremlin’s Use of Criminals as Assets Abroad

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Galeotti_GangsterGeopolitics_011819.jpg?itok=oD9zi8PDGangster Geopolitics: The Kremlin’s Use of Criminals as Assets AbroadJanuary 17, 2019Mark GaleottiSince the worsening of relations with the West in 2014, the Kremlin has increasingly adopted a “mobilization state” approach, turning to any available foreign-policy levers. Gangsters are no exception.

Video: Trump’s Impact on the World—Timothy J. Colton on Russia

Video: Trump’s Impact on the World—Timothy J. Colton on Russia

multimedia Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Colton_VideoTrumpRussia_011519.jpg?itok=njO6p3yzVideo: Trump’s Impact on the World—Timothy J. Colton on RussiaJanuary 15, 2019Weatherhead Center for International AffairsHarvard professor of government and Russian studies Timothy Colton discusses the fraught relationship between the U.S. and Russia under the Trump administration.

Video: Experts Discuss the Politics of New START and Strategic Nuclear Modernization

Video: Experts Discuss the Politics of New START and Strategic Nuclear Modernization

multimedia /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Dmitry_Medvedev_in_the_Czech_Republic_8_April_2010-10.jpeg?itok=RHkTFPzIVideo: Experts Discuss the Politics of New START and Strategic Nuclear ModernizationJanuary 07, 2019Brookings InstitutionPanelists at a Brookings event discuss the 2010 New START negotiations, the current state of the debate and steps that could be taken to maintain a level of bipartisanship moving forward.

‘No Place for Russia’: How Much Are Old US Ambitions in Europe to Blame for Russia-West Tensions Today?

‘No Place for Russia’: How Much Are Old US Ambitions in Europe to Blame for Russia-West Tensions Today?

book review RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Shirfinson_BRNoPlaceForRussia_122018_0.jpg?itok=w-1BRkv0‘No Place for Russia’: How Much Are Old US Ambitions in Europe to Blame for Russia-West Tensions Today?January 03, 2019Joshua ShifrinsonIn the 1990s, preserving NATO and, with it, U.S. preeminence in Europe became the sine qua non of U.S. European policy. Is this why Russia was left out of Europe’s post-Cold War security structure?

How Well Are Russia Sanctions Working?

How Well Are Russia Sanctions Working?

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Butler_AreSanctionsWorking_122018.jpg?itok=30-AJ--jHow Well Are Russia Sanctions Working?December 21, 2018Nick ButlerIf applied successfully and long enough, sanctions will undoubtedly undermine the relative economic successes upon which President Vladimir Putin depends for his position in power. But that's a big “if.”

John Mearsheimer on International Relations, Great Power Politics and the Age of Trump

John Mearsheimer on International Relations, Great Power Politics and the Age of Trump

article Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Lind_JMBookreview_121518.jpg?itok=JIxCetHlJohn Mearsheimer on International Relations, Great Power Politics and the Age of TrumpDecember 15, 2018Michael LindJohn J. Mearsheimer’s "The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities" argues that the United States’ pursuit of a “liberal hegemony” has been a failure with sizeable costs.

China and Russia: A Strategic Alliance in the Making

China and Russia: A Strategic Alliance in the Making

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Allision_ChinaRussia_121418.jpg?itok=APkCWrAhChina and Russia: A Strategic Alliance in the MakingDecember 14, 2018Graham T. AllisonDefying the long-held convictions of Western analysts, and against huge structural differences, Beijing and Moscow are drawing closer together to meet what each sees as the "American threat."