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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Dawn of a New Armageddon

Cynthia Lazaroff August 06, 2018 Partner Posts
Perhaps the world was safer during the Cold War. Today’s world has entered a new, unchecked and deadly arms race, and arms control has become hostage to political hostilities between the United States and Russia.
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Politics Surpasses Satire in Ukraine

The Economist August 04, 2018 Recommended Reads
Vladimir Zelensky, a comedian who plays a teacher unwittingly elected president of Ukraine in a popular television show, is in some polls Ukraine’s second most popular presidential candidate, beaten only by veteran populist Yulia Tymoshenko. Petro Poroshenko, the incumbent, scores just 5 percent.
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Living in (Digital) Denial: Russia’s Approach to Cyber Deterrence

Joss Meakins July 23, 2018 Partner Posts
For cyber deterrence to be effective, Western countries must do more to convince Russia that deterrence in cyberspace works for both sides and can be a force for stability.
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The Helsinki Summit: A Good Idea Turns Bad

George Beebe July 19, 2018 Recommended Reads
Expectations for the Helsinki summit were low, but the U.S. and Russia still managed to sail their listing bilateral ship directly into the rocks of the Russian cyber-meddling controversy.
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In Helsinki, Trump Takes ‘Do No Harm’ Approach to Russia on 2 Issues: Syria and Energy

Nikolas K. Gvosdev July 17, 2018 RM Exclusives
For now, at least, the U.S. will not help its Middle Eastern and European allies pursue their own engagement with Moscow, but will not interfere with it a great deal either.
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Putin's Spies Can't Even Get Along With Each Other

Leonid Bershidsky July 17, 2018 Recommended Reads
The three agencies all have their distinct operational cultures and styles that make for heated competition. The ultimate objective is to please Putin, who likes variety in his toolbox.
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Trump on Russia: In His Own Words

RM Staff July 13, 2018 RM Exclusives
From election interference and the war in Syria to praise for Putin and weaponized cold snaps—read over two years' worth of the president’s comments on Russia.
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Survey: What Can We Expect From the Trump-Putin Summit?

RM Experts July 12, 2018 RM Exclusives
Eight experts weigh in on prospects for the two presidents’ first official bilateral summit. All agree that improving U.S.-Russian relations will be a slow process requiring patient work.
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Time for a Helsinki Communique

Thomas Graham July 07, 2018 Partner Posts
The Shanghai Communique of 1972 dispensed with worn-out platitudes about cooperation and laid out the disputes between the U.S. and China. Doing so gave it an air of credibility. So what would a U.S.-Russian Helsinki Communique look like?
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In Search of Light at the End of the Tunnel for US-Russian Relations

Alexey Arbatov June 26, 2018 Recommended Reads
Even if the situation in Ukraine is resolved peacefully, and if an armed clash between Russia and the United States is avoided in Syria, it will not be possible to overcome this wide-reaching crisis with a single package of agreements.
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Divide and Invest: Why the Marshall Plan Worked

Melvyn Leffler June 14, 2018 Recommended Reads
While the Marshall Plan was arguably the most successful U.S. foreign policy program during the Cold War, it also exacerbated Cold War tensions.
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The Myth of the Liberal Order. From Historical Accident to Conventional Wisdom

Graham Allison June 14, 2018 Recommended Reads
The "long peace" was a product not of a liberal world order, but rather of the precarious balance of power between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cold War