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.
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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Emulation and Military Change in Russia

Emmanuel Dreyfus October 23, 2020 RM Exclusives
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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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. 
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Beyond Arms Embargo, Obstacles Remain to Iran’s Acquisition of Russian Weapons

Nicole Grajewski October 15, 2020 RM Exclusives
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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Time For Russia and Other Great Powers to Move From Words to Actions to End Karabakh War

Simon Saradzhyan October 08, 2020 Partner Posts
Russia remains the only country capable of single-handedly compelling Armenia and Azerbaijan to end the conflict in Karabakh. Yet, it has so far been unwilling to back its calls with the deeds needed to compel both sides to lay down arms, even if only temporarily.
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Armenia-Azerbaijan War: Military Dimensions of the Conflict

Michael Kofman October 02, 2020 RM Exclusives
This large scale conventional war between the two countries is likely to upend the status quo of territorial control in the region.