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.

Jihadists from Ex-Soviet Central Asia: Where Are They? Why Did They Radicalize? What Next?

Jihadists from Ex-Soviet Central Asia: Where Are They? Why Did They Radicalize? What Next?

research paper RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/CentralAsiaReport_Tajik_borderguard_copyright_Trilling.jpg?itok=6GfkXgKmJihadists from Ex-Soviet Central Asia: Where Are They? Why Did They Radicalize? What Next?December 07, 2018Edward Lemon, Vera Mironova and William TobeyThree 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.

Robert Legvold on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

Robert Legvold on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

Competing Views on Russia RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Legvold-CompetingViews-Geiger-Counter-Soviet-Poland-Cold-War.jpg?itok=Nw4EwAcMRobert Legvold on Russia: Insights and RecommendationsNovember 20, 2018RM Staff“The chances in … the next 10-15 years of a nuclear weapon being fired in anger are far greater now than they ever were during the Cold War.” This and more from one of America’s top Russia scholars.

Vostok-2018: Russia and China Signal Growing Military Cooperation

Vostok-2018: Russia and China Signal Growing Military Cooperation

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Kofman-Vostok-photo.jpeg?itok=OhWvQ9cDVostok-2018: Russia and China Signal Growing Military CooperationSeptember 10, 2018Michael KofmanThis year’s strategic military exercise demonstrates both that Russia is still a power in Asia and that it will work with China to offset threats from Washington.

Five Nations Bicker Over Whether the Caspian Is Lake or Sea

Five Nations Bicker Over Whether the Caspian Is Lake or Sea

article Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Rahimov_5Bicker_091918.jpg?itok=6QnDxUzlFive Nations Bicker Over Whether the Caspian Is Lake or SeaSeptember 05, 2018Rahim RahimovWhile the countries' leaders hailed the summit as a historic success, experts noted that the convention failed to resolve any disputes and instead merely formalized the existing status quo.

Bigger, Not Better: Russia Makes the SCO a Useless Club

Bigger, Not Better: Russia Makes the SCO a Useless Club

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Gabuev_SCOUselessClub_062317_teaser_0.jpg?itok=SoOHtcI5Bigger, Not Better: Russia Makes the SCO a Useless ClubJune 23, 2017Alexander GabuevMoscow's fears over Beijing’s rise have led it to cripple the Eurasian organization.

For Washington, Russia Makes Afghanistan Mess Even Messier

For Washington, Russia Makes Afghanistan Mess Even Messier

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Mi-17Afganistan_crop2.jpg?h=56ab1ba7&itok=yIjJPqJCFor Washington, Russia Makes Afghanistan Mess Even MessierJune 14, 2017Jeffrey MankoffAs U.S. military efforts meet with little success, Russia has taken a much more active approach to Afghanistan, building bridges with the Taliban and hoping to enhance its role in the region.

Russia’s New Conventional Capability: Implications for Eurasia and Beyond

Russia’s New Conventional Capability: Implications for Eurasia and Beyond

policy brief Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Sokolov_RusNewConventionalCapability_0.jpg?h=60f9f39d&itok=UUnU3VhkRussia’s New Conventional Capability: Implications for Eurasia and BeyondMay 01, 2017Nikolai SokovRussia’s new conventional-strike capability is significant for the West, whether or not the West wants to acknowledge it.

Video: Chinese and Russian Strategies for the New Uncertainty in Afghanistan and Central Asia

Video: Chinese and Russian Strategies for the New Uncertainty in Afghanistan and Central Asia

multimedia Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Mankoff_VideoChinaRussiaStrategies_030617.jpg?itok=J1owk-mDVideo: Chinese and Russian Strategies for the New Uncertainty in Afghanistan and Central AsiaMarch 06, 2017Central Asia ProgramJeffrey Mankoff of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) discusses Sino-Russian strategies for the region in this panel at the Central Asia Security Workshop.

Looking for U.S.-Russian Cooperation? Try Asia

Looking for U.S.-Russian Cooperation? Try Asia

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Mankoff_RussiainAsia_reducednoise.jpg?h=85e6306f&itok=EDSd7wlYLooking for U.S.-Russian Cooperation? Try AsiaDecember 12, 2016Jeffrey MankoffU.S.-Russian ties in Asia have long been underdeveloped, but also far less contentious than in Europe. Maybe now is the time to focus eastward and help Moscow balance between Washington and Beijing.

The Coming Of The Russian Jihad: Part I

The Coming Of The Russian Jihad: Part I

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Aron_WoTR_092316_RussianJihadPt1_photo.jpg?h=1539da55&itok=AJi41uBpThe Coming Of The Russian Jihad: Part ISeptember 23, 2016Leon AronThe spread of Russian as the lingua franca among some jihadists is indicative of explosive internationalization and vastly expanded recruitment patterns among what might be called the Russian Jihad.

Twilight of the Petrostate

Twilight of the Petrostate

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/AvenNazarovLazaryan_NI_051716_PetrostateTwilight.jpg?h=b07bbdee&itok=bcGvXz4_Twilight of the PetrostateMay 17, 2016Petr Aven, Vladimir Nazarov, Samvel LazaryanOnly those countries that embrace modernization and carry it further than they did in the previous oil downcycle can hope not be relegated to a historical footnote. Now is the time for petrostates to awaken from their long oil dream and choose between the first and the third worlds.

Can the US-Russia Plutonium Disposition Agreement Be Saved?

Can the US-Russia Plutonium Disposition Agreement Be Saved?

article /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Podvig%20BAS%20042816%20plutonium%20photo.JPG?h=61b07471&itok=lbFCgox4Can the US-Russia Plutonium Disposition Agreement Be Saved?April 28, 2016Pavel PodvigScrapping the U.S.-Russian deal to dispose of weapon-grade plutonium would mean a long-term setback for nuclear nonproliferation efforts. But current tensions make a compromise ever more elusive.