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.

Deal or No Deal: The End of the Cold War and the US Offer to Limit NATO Expansion

Deal or No Deal: The End of the Cold War and the US Offer to Limit NATO Expansion

research paper Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Juggling_on_the_Berlin_Wall%201300x722.jpg?h=0053d833&itok=E52iKPZYDeal or No Deal: Did the US Promise Russia No NATO Expansion?May 05, 2016Joshua R. Itzkowitz ShifrinsonNew archival materials show that U.S. officials did indeed offer the Soviets informal assurances of NATO's non-expansion in 1990, while keeping open the possibility of expansion and seeking to maximize U.S. power in post-Cold War Europe.

How Western aid enables graft addiction in Ukraine

How Western aid enables graft addiction in Ukraine

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/33753275710_2531303164_k%20%281%29.jpg?itok=4RSPzsXjHow Western aid enables graft addiction in UkraineMay 05, 2016M. Steven Fish and Neil A. AbramsCan Western aid actually support the cause of reform in Ukraine? Or is Western assistance enabling an entrenched elite to continue stealing and avoid building a functioning state?

Russia’s Master Plan to Seize the Arctic

Russia’s Master Plan to Seize the Arctic

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/18899006394_8bf491204c_b.jpg?itok=uPenCxemRussia’s Master Plan to Seize the ArcticMay 02, 2016Vladislav Inozemtsev For now, the Northern Sea Route remains a bluff, like, in general, all of Russia’s plans to develop the Arctic.

Can the US-Russia Plutonium Disposition Agreement Be Saved?

Can the US-Russia Plutonium Disposition Agreement Be Saved?

article /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Podvig%20BAS%20042816%20plutonium%20photo.JPG?h=61b07471&itok=lbFCgox4Can the US-Russia Plutonium Disposition Agreement Be Saved?April 28, 2016Pavel PodvigScrapping the U.S.-Russian deal to dispose of weapon-grade plutonium would mean a long-term setback for nuclear nonproliferation efforts. But current tensions make a compromise ever more elusive.

Ukraine's Hybrid State

Ukraine's Hybrid State

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/JarabikMinakov_CEIP_042216_UkrainesHybridState_photo_wikicommons_Wadco2.jpg?h=4b8291cb&itok=9VUi3_eRUkraine's Hybrid StateApril 22, 2016Balázs Jarábik and Mikhail MinakovUkraine has new institutions and a vibrant civil society, but a culture of corruption erodes state legitimacy. The state has been captured by enemies within.

Why Does Putin Surprise Us Again and Again?

Why Does Putin Surprise Us Again and Again?

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Blank_AtlanticCouncil_030716_PutinSurprise.jpg?h=c38fd877&itok=UJ8I-3V4Why Does Putin Surprise Us Again and Again?March 07, 2016Stephen BlankOfficials who disdain the need for specialists familiar with Russian language, culture and overall defense policy, or who believe that Russians generally think and act just as they do, have primed themselves for disaster.

The Future of US-Russian Arms Control

The Future of US-Russian Arms Control

white paper Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Pifer_CEIP_022616_FutureofUSRusArmsControl_photo_wikicommons_Slaunger.jpg?h=a36e7c87&itok=qFkaGvwoThe Future of US-Russian Arms ControlFebruary 26, 2016Steven PiferObjectively, prospects for further U.S.-Russian nuclear reductions in the near term are not bright.

What Would a Realist World Have Looked Like?

What Would a Realist World Have Looked Like?

column Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Walt_FP_010816_RealistWorld_photo_flickr_Luke%20Price.jpg?h=a1e1a043&itok=IF6vGVynWhat Would a Realist World Have Looked Like?January 18, 2016Stephen M. WaltExpanding NATO didn’t strengthen the alliance; it just committed the U.S. to protect a group of weak and hard-to-defend places that were far from home but right next door to Russia.

Unpacking Russia's New National Security Strategy

Unpacking Russia's New National Security Strategy

article Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Oliker_CSISCommentary_010716_NewNationalSecurity_photo.jpg?h=541b9819&itok=zOZlzwOZUnpacking Russia's New National Security StrategyJanuary 07, 2016Olga OlikerRussia's new national security strategy is the document of an ambitious Russia that sees constraints on its ambitions as threats to be overcome, whether they come from within or without.

NATO and Russia Must Reopen Contact to Keep the 'Cold War' Cold

NATO and Russia Must Reopen Contact to Keep the 'Cold War' Cold

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Ryan_Belfer_112515_ReopenContact_photo_StateDept_flickr.jpg?h=6185b95c&itok=qexquyBXNATO, Russia Must Reopen Contact to Keep 'Cold War' ColdNovember 30, 2015Kevin RyanAbove all, while defending our vital interests, nuclear powers must avert those confrontations that force an adversary to choose either a humiliating retreat or a nuclear war.

The Limits of Russian-Iranian Cooperation

The Limits of Russian-Iranian Cooperation

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Vladimir_Putin_and_Hassan_Rouhani_%282015-09-28%29_04.jpg?h=541b9819&itok=4bO_K1k9The Limits of Russian-Iranian CooperationNovember 27, 2015Nikolay KozhanovAlthough Tehran is reassuring Moscow of its partnership in Syria, cooperation between Russia and Iran faces an uncertain future.

U.S.-Russia Relations: What Would Henry Kissinger Do?

U.S.-Russia Relations: What Would Henry Kissinger Do?

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Kissinger4.jpg?h=d4614cb8&itok=uvfcn40JU.S.-Russia Relations: What Would Henry Kissinger Do?September 28, 2015Graham AllisonConsidering the recent strain on U.S.-Russia relations, Graham Allison offers key insights and strategies by posing the question: What would Kissinger do?