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.

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.

Can Moscow Mediate Between Israel and Iran in Syria?

Can Moscow Mediate Between Israel and Iran in Syria?

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Katz_PutinNetanyahu_052018_teaser.jpg?itok=mCyKPhV1Can Moscow Mediate Between Israel and Iran in Syria?May 18, 2018Mark N. KatzAs tensions between Iran and Israel rise to new heights, Russia finds itself in a tricky position—trying to balance between two states that are friendly with Moscow but mortal enemies to each other.

Who Can Prevent a War Between Israel and Iran? Russia

Who Can Prevent a War Between Israel and Iran? Russia

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/soldier-1864294_1920_teaser.jpg?itok=Pw_suTFUWho Can Prevent a War Between Israel and Iran? RussiaMay 03, 2018Joost HiltermannRussia is uniquely suited to mediating between Israel and Iran, but the West may not support its efforts.  

Cooperate to Deescalate: Working With Russia Against Terrorism Will Make America Safer

Cooperate to Deescalate: Working With Russia Against Terrorism Will Make America Safer

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Beebe_ViableCounterTerrorismPartner_020718teaser.jpg?itok=C3mE1rsGCooperate to Deescalate: Working With Russia Against Terrorism Will Make America SaferFebruary 08, 2018George BeebeCareful cooperation with Russia would provide the U.S. not only with valuable intelligence, but also with a means of mitigating the risks posed by Russian resurgence.

US-Russia-Turkey Dynamics in Syria After ‘Olive Branch’: One Door Closes, Another Opens

US-Russia-Turkey Dynamics in Syria After ‘Olive Branch’: One Door Closes, Another Opens

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Antonenko_RussiaTurkeySyria_012618_teaser.jpg?itok=XbtHEql5US-Russia-Turkey Dynamics in Syria After ‘Olive Branch’: One Door Closes, Another OpensJanuary 26, 2018Oksana AntonenkoAnkara’s Afrin offensive has exposed Moscow’s vulnerabilities in Syria and hurt Russia’s chances for casting itself as the lead player in clinching a peace deal. But it also opens a new door for tactical U.S.-Russian cooperation to keep the peace in northern Syria.

Putin's Plan for Syria

Putin's Plan for Syria

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Trenin_PutinPlanSyria_121317.jpg?itok=7skgKmGHPutin's Plan for SyriaDecember 13, 2017Dmitri TreninHaving made Russia into one of the major players in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin now faces a series of challenges as the conflict winds down.

Latest US-Russian Effort on Syria: Good for Preventing Accidents, So-So for Everything Else

Latest US-Russian Effort on Syria: Good for Preventing Accidents, So-So for Everything Else

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Syria-photo-for-Gvosdev.jpg?itok=zrwFcMkbLatest US-Russian Effort on Syria: Good for Preventing Accidents, So-So for Everything ElseNovember 15, 2017Nikolas K. GvosdevTrump and Putin’s joint statement at the APEC summit masks deep divisions between Moscow and Washington over how to resolve the conflict.

Russian-Saudi Rapprochement? Iran and Economic Strain Will Make It Tough

Russian-Saudi Rapprochement? Iran and Economic Strain Will Make It Tough

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/kats_salman_headshot.jpg?h=154b8c30&itok=yX9yIlWvRussian-Saudi Rapprochement? Iran and Economic Strain Will Make It ToughSeptember 28, 2017Mark N. KatzTies between Moscow and Riyadh remain fragile. Saudi Arabia’s main concern is Iran, while Russia wants both investment and sway in the Middle East. Balancing their geopolitical and economic interests will not be easy.

A Roadmap for US-Russia Relations

A Roadmap for US-Russia Relations

report Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/cloud-sky-windmill-wind-sign-direction-674588-pxhere.com__0.jpg?h=ab7e4028&itok=eiN3zJgYA Roadmap for US-Russia RelationsAugust 01, 2017Edited by Andrey Kortunov and Olga OlikerThis report by the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program and the Russian International Affairs Council looks at the troubled state of the U.S.-Russia relationship and recommends areas of potential cooperation.

Trump, Putin and the Growing Risk of Military Escalation

Trump, Putin and the Growing Risk of Military Escalation

policy brief Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/2014-03-09_-_Perevalne_military_base_-_0153.JPG?h=a77c69d9&itok=j4ivFlXBTrump, Putin and the Growing Risk of Military EscalationJuly 04, 2017Łukasz Kulesa and Shatabhisha ShettyIn this policy brief, the authors argue that the presidency of Donald Trump is complicating an already tense and challenged deterrence relationship between Russia and NATO, and this is exacerbated by the tendency of the Russian leadership to take foreign policy risks.