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.
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Expert Survey: How Will Climate Change Impact US-Russian Relations?

RM Staff January 28, 2021 RM Exclusives
Russia Matters asked four leading climate experts to weigh in on the impacts of climate change on Russia and the U.S., its effect on the global balance of power and how the Biden administration’s policies toward Russia may be shaped by this shared threat.
Competing Views on Russia

William Burns on Russia

Daniel Shapiro January 14, 2021 RM Exclusives
What has U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's pick for CIA director said on Russia? Check out our compilation for some of Burns' observations and policy ideas regarding Russia.
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Russia’s Impact on US National Interests: Stability of the International Economy

Joseph Haberman December 21, 2020 RM Exclusives
Just like the U.S., Moscow has a vested interest in global economic stability. But U.S. policymakers should not ignore Russia’s role as a potential disrupter.

Claim in 2019: Russia became stronger in 2019.

RM Staff and Associates December 17, 2020 RM Exclusives
Did Russia become stronger in 2019 as compared to 2018? According to our latest fact-check, that answer depends on how you measure national power.
Competing Views on Russia

Antony Blinken on Russia

RM Staff November 25, 2020 RM Exclusives
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has selected Blinken to serve as his secretary of state. Blinken, a foreign policy veteran, foresees the new administration's Russia policy as one that seeks to advance strategic stability, while confronting Putin's aggressive actions.
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A Biden Administration Poses Few Benefits for Russia

Nikolas K. Gvosdev November 24, 2020 RM Exclusives
Joe Biden will take office not as an idealistic newcomer to foreign affairs, but rather as a veteran with a well-developed sense of priorities and perspectives—including a healthy dose of disillusionment with the Obama era attempt to reset relations with Russia.
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Russia’s ‘Neo-Imperialism’ Is a Product of Complex Factors

Simon Saradzhyan November 10, 2020 RM Exclusives
Domitilla Sagramoso’s “Russian Imperialism Revisited” is perhaps the most comprehensive recent volume in first identifying the panoply of factors that have led to Russia’s “imperialist relapse” and then detailing how they evolved.
Competing Views on Russia

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Russia

RM Staff November 09, 2020 RM Exclusives
UPDATED. What have the president-elect and vice president-elect 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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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.
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Russian Imperialism Revisited: From Disengagement to Hegemony

Domitilla Sagramoso October 29, 2020 Partner Posts
Sagramoso challenges the assumption that Russia intends to restore an informal empire over its ‘Near Abroad’. Rather, she argues that Russia’s policies are much more complex, multi-faceted and incoherent than is often assumed.
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Have America’s Russia Watchers Been Getting It Wrong?

Center for the National Interest October 27, 2020 Partner Posts
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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Putin, Putinism and the Domestic Determinants of Russian Foreign Policy

Michael McFaul October 19, 2020 Partner Posts
For a complete understanding of Russian foreign policy today, individuals, ideas, and institutions—President Vladimir Putin, Putinism, and autocracy—must be added to the analysis. Putin's ideas about illiberalism, orthodoxy, sovereignty and the West shaped his decision-making in unique ways.