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.

India and Russia: Ties That Bind

India and Russia: Ties That Bind

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Putin%20and%20Moditeaser3.jpg?itok=5R5Dhy6XIndia and Russia: Ties That BindNovember 12, 2018Aaditya DaveIndia and Russia both have various incentives to keep their bilateral relationship strong.

Russian Sanctions: Why ‘Isolation Is Impossible'

Russian Sanctions: Why ‘Isolation Is Impossible'

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Foy_Sanctions_111218.jpg?itok=zmmzDN0yRussian Sanctions: Why ‘Isolation Is Impossible'November 12, 2018Henry FoyCountries throughout Asia, the Middle East and even Europe continue to do business with Russia despite U.S. efforts to isolate Moscow.

India and Russia: Ties that Bind

India and Russia: Ties that Bind

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Dave_IndiaRussia_111218.jpg?itok=ETUyXjbMIndia and Russia: Ties that BindNovember 12, 2018Aaditya DaveThere is a strategic imperative for both India and Russia to sustain a strong bilateral relationship

Election Gambit: What’s Behind Russia’s Sanctions on Ukrainian Politicians and Businessmen?

Election Gambit: What’s Behind Russia’s Sanctions on Ukrainian Politicians and Businessmen?

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Skorkin_SanctionsUkrainePoliticians_111218.jpg?itok=ftbYzAIBElection Gambit: What’s Behind Russia’s Sanctions on Ukrainian Politicians and Businessmen?November 12, 2018Konstantin SkorkinMoscow’s behavior is not about getting Ukrainian oligarchs to support a hypothetical Russian candidate in the upcoming Ukrainian elections.

The Lessons of World War I Still Haunt Russia Today

The Lessons of World War I Still Haunt Russia Today

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Gvosdev_WWILessons_111018.jpeg?itok=wZwxTM9pThe Lessons of World War I Still Haunt Russia TodayNovember 10, 2018Nikolas K. GvosdevThe current Russian political and strategic establishment sees in World War I and the Revolution a cautionary tale of what the Russian leadership at the beginning of this century must do to avoid repeating those disasters.

With Russia and the US, Nuclear Risks Never Go Out of Vogue

With Russia and the US, Nuclear Risks Never Go Out of Vogue

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Wolfsthal_AbleArcher_110718_teaser.jpg?itok=DT4BN10IWith Russia and the US, Nuclear Risks Never Go Out of VogueNovember 08, 2018Jon B. WolfsthalThirty-five years after Able Archer, the lack of sustained, high-level engagement with Russia risks once again putting America and its allies at unnecessary risk of a nuclear conflict no one wants or even expects.

Why the Arms Race Is Still White Hot Decades After the Cold War Ended—and How to Stop It

Why the Arms Race Is Still White Hot Decades After the Cold War Ended—and How to Stop It

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/8002545655_b1e556fa5f_k.jpg?itok=4WNLo-ZbWhy the Arms Race Is Still White Hot Decades After the Cold War Ended—and How to Stop ItNovember 02, 2018Jonathan HuntDid the Cold War arms race actually end, or have we merely sat through a 30-year intermission?

NATO’s Trident Juncture Exercise as a Deterrence Signal to Russia

NATO’s Trident Juncture Exercise as a Deterrence Signal to Russia

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Gorenburg_TridentJuncture_103118.JPG?itok=JoXhrn_oNATO’s Trident Juncture Exercise as a Deterrence Signal to RussiaNovember 01, 2018Dmitry GorenburgThe military lessons for the exercise’s participants promise to be significant, while the immediate political impact will be minor. Russia’s main worry? A permanent U.S. troop deployment in eastern Europe.

US Sanctions Against Russia: What You Need to Know

US Sanctions Against Russia: What You Need to Know

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/currency-3088150_1920.jpg?itok=MPXWH0WiUS Sanctions Against Russia: What You Need to KnowOctober 31, 2018Cyrus Newlin and Jeffrey MankoffWhile Washington clearly intends to continue using sanctions as a primary means of confronting Russia, it is less apparent what the various sanctions imposed since 2012 have done to change Russian behavior.

Putin Deepens Confusion About Russian Nuclear Policy

Putin Deepens Confusion About Russian Nuclear Policy

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Kristensen-Putin-nuke-doctrine-Vandal-missile-pic%20teaser.jpg?itok=PNMwpGASPutin Deepens Confusion About Russian Nuclear PolicyOctober 25, 2018Abigail Stowe-Thurston, Matt Korda and Hans M. KristensenRather than strengthening deterrence, ambiguity surrounding U.S. and Russian nuclear thresholds is causing both sides to make dangerous assumptions about one another’s intentions.

Withdrawing From the INF Treaty: Consequences and Costs

Withdrawing From the INF Treaty: Consequences and Costs

survey Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/INF-withdrawal-roundup-102318.jpg?itok=ZwRYMW8hWithdrawing From the INF Treaty: Consequences and CostsOctober 23, 2018RM StaffExperts weigh in on Donald Trump's decision to pull out from the landmark arms-control deal.

Machiavellian Lessons From the Saudi and Russian Assassination Debacles

Machiavellian Lessons From the Saudi and Russian Assassination Debacles

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/1024px-Borgia_and_Macchiavelliteaser.jpg?itok=EJvEETOXMachiavellian Lessons From the Saudi and Russian Assassination DebaclesOctober 20, 2018George BeebeGratuitous political killing is not just a crime—it is a mistake.