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.

Isolation and Reconquista: Russia’s Toolkit as a Constrained Great Power

Isolation and Reconquista: Russia’s Toolkit as a Constrained Great Power

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Laruelle_IsolationReconquista_121218.jpg?itok=R7EP_839Isolation and Reconquista: Russia’s Toolkit as a Constrained Great PowerDecember 12, 2018Marlene LaruelleAs relations with the West languish, Moscow has built a dual strategy, positioning itself at once as beleaguered and triumphant, an alternative to the U.S.-led world order. In the short term, this is probably its best bet.

Video: Russia Without Putin—Money, Power and the Myths of the New Cold War

Video: Russia Without Putin—Money, Power and the Myths of the New Cold War

multimedia Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Wood_VideoRussiaWithoutPutin_121118.jpg?itok=ZC3u855oVideo: Russia Without Putin—Money, Power and the Myths of the New Cold WarDecember 11, 2018NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of RussiaTony Wood discusses his latest book on contemporary Russia and Putinism at NYU's Jordan Center.

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.

US Security and Russia: Choices and Consequences

US Security and Russia: Choices and Consequences

article Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/32181624010_032b87f01e_k.jpg?itok=vDQF5s91US Security and Russia: Choices and ConsequencesDecember 07, 2018Jill Dougherty and Thomas ZamostnyAmerica’s current strategy toward Russia, simply put, is not working; instead, it’s tying our hands. It’s making Russia more aggressive externally and less democratic internally. The dangers are escalating.

Trump-Putin G20 Summit: High Stakes and Strained Dialogue

Trump-Putin G20 Summit: High Stakes and Strained Dialogue

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Rojansky-G20-summit.jpg?itok=06-nHX0PTrump-Putin G20 Summit: High Stakes and Strained DialogueNovember 28, 2018Matthew RojanskyAs high-level U.S.-Russian contacts are again plagued by deep disagreement, both sides face a list of urgent global security challenges that can be managed only through dialogue.

Putin Doesn’t Sweat His Unpopularity

Putin Doesn’t Sweat His Unpopularity

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Reynolds_PutinAintBovvered_112819.jpg?itok=yWhd_qXPPutin Doesn’t Sweat His UnpopularityNovember 28, 2018Nate ReynoldsRussian President Vladimir Putin's dip in popularity will mostly prove that he is far more resilient than the West would like to think.

Why Putin Is Pressuring Ukraine

Why Putin Is Pressuring Ukraine

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Gvosdev_PutinPressureKerch_112718.jpg?itok=1Tk9vqxgWhy Putin Is Pressuring UkraineNovember 27, 2018Nikolas K. GvosdevWhat Russia has been doing in the Sea of Azov over the past few months is to push for the creation of a new normal.

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.

Why Violence Is Becoming the Norm in Russia

Why Violence Is Becoming the Norm in Russia

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Rudinsky_Violence_111918.jpg?itok=2Y5A2LgyWhy Violence Is Becoming the Norm in RussiaNovember 19, 2018Vladimir RuvinskyA recent survey shows that Russians are increasingly tolerant of violence and cruelty.

China and Russia's Awkward Romance

China and Russia's Awkward Romance

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Hillman_ChinaRussiaRomance_111818.jpeg?itok=kj28oBHHChina and Russia's Awkward RomanceNovember 15, 2018Jonathan HillmanThe U.S. should work selectively with both China and Russia and reestablish itself as a natural wedge between them as opposed to becoming the bridge that unites them.

After US Midterms, Dialogue With Russia May Become Easier, Not Harder

After US Midterms, Dialogue With Russia May Become Easier, Not Harder

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Saunders-midterms-Alaska-2.jpg?itok=yYLwtsN4After US Midterms, Dialogue With Russia May Become Easier, Not HarderNovember 14, 2018Paul J. SaundersWith a less-than-stellar showing by Democrats, a new high-level channel of communication and voters uninterested in Russia, the Trump administration may have a better chance of pursuing dialogue with Moscow than before.

Why Putin Encouraged Sham Elections in Eastern Ukraine

Why Putin Encouraged Sham Elections in Eastern Ukraine

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/%20Bershidsky_ShamElections_111218.jpg?itok=1JA5AxiYWhy Putin Encouraged Sham Elections in Eastern UkraineNovember 13, 2018Leonid BershidskyThe Russian leader must resign himself to institutionalizing the statelets and making sure people there can survive the long haul.