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.

Russian-Ukrainian Church Turmoil Driven by Political Ambitions

Russian-Ukrainian Church Turmoil Driven by Political Ambitions

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Petro_UkrainianOrthodoxChurch_101719.jpeg?itok=qJFxFSTGRussian-Ukrainian Church Turmoil Driven by Political AmbitionsOctober 19, 2018Nicolai N. PetroWith a presidential election looming, Ukraine’s unpopular leader has teamed up with Orthodox Christianity’s top cleric to create a new church and boost their political clout at Moscow’s expense.

Timothy Colton on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

Timothy Colton on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

Competing Views on Russia RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/ColtonatValdaiteaser.jpg?itok=mNIcEMYXTimothy Colton on Russia: Insights and RecommendationsOctober 11, 2018RM StaffAn eminent Harvard professor and author weighs in on Russia’s past, present and future and what they mean for the U.S.-Russian relationship.

Stumbling Toward Armageddon

Stumbling Toward Armageddon

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Rachenko_StumblingArmaggedon_100918.jpg?itok=TQG3fmulStumbling Toward ArmageddonOctober 09, 2018Sergei RadchenkoWhat the U.S. had thought was a Soviet attempt to subvert American influence during the Yom Kippur War in 1973 was actually a case of bad crisis management, newly declassified documents suggest.

Putin’s Botched Pension Reform

Putin’s Botched Pension Reform

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/teaser%20Hands-Sculpture-Old-Statue-Hand-Woman-3248070.jpg?itok=FtvFb5WMPutin’s Botched Pension ReformOctober 09, 2018Andrey MovchanThe unpopular decision to raise the retirement age may create more serious problems than it solves.

Skepticism About US Intentions and Other Enduring Consequences of Russia’s 1993 Crisis

Skepticism About US Intentions and Other Enduring Consequences of Russia’s 1993 Crisis

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/CX28EB.jpg?itok=Xi7xomweSkepticism About US Intentions and Other Enduring Consequences of Russia’s 1993 CrisisOctober 04, 2018Paul SaundersTwenty-five years ago this week, a confrontation between President Boris Yeltsin and Russia’s parliament became one of the most consequential events in Russia’s post-Soviet history.

The Clinton-Yeltsin Relationship in Their Own Words

The Clinton-Yeltsin Relationship in Their Own Words

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/9068421121_7b3d184483_k.jpg?itok=6Jq1CiO6The Clinton-Yeltsin Relationship in Their Own WordsOctober 02, 2018Svetlana Savranskaya and Mary SarotteThe Clinton Library in 2018 declassified a large set of memcons and telcons, making it possible to read almost the entire history of top-level U.S.-Russian interactions in the contemporaneous words of Clinton and Yeltsin.

The ‘Who, What, When’ of Russia Sanctions: A Cheat Sheet for Laymen

The ‘Who, What, When’ of Russia Sanctions: A Cheat Sheet for Laymen

explainer RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/savings-2789153_1920.jpg?itok=eHOrJNWAThe ‘Who, What, When’ of Russia Sanctions: A Cheat Sheet for LaymenSeptember 26, 2018Alexey Eremenko This explainer spells out the major sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. and EU since 2014: who has been targeted; what behaviors are to be punished or deterred; what activities have been restricted; and for how long.

New Sanctions Won’t Hurt Russia

New Sanctions Won’t Hurt Russia

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Movchan_NewSanctions_092618.jpg?itok=rd2deNnoNew Sanctions Won’t Hurt RussiaSeptember 26, 2018Andrey MovchanMoscow's foreign currency reserves are at an all-time high, and the falling value of the ruble has actually been a boon for Russia's state budget.

The Rise of Authoritarian Capitalism

The Rise of Authoritarian Capitalism

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/7553666024_b67f07f4c5_o.jpg?itok=GyCYjYAVThe Rise of Authoritarian CapitalismSeptember 16, 2018Kevin RuddAs democratic capitalism begins to show signs of sickness, on offer are other modes of governance, including Russian nationalism and China's model of authoritarian capitalism.

Entente Is What Drives Sino-Russian Ties

Entente Is What Drives Sino-Russian Ties

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Trenin_Entene_091218.jpg?itok=n7I-rFyyEntente Is What Drives Sino-Russian TiesSeptember 12, 2018Dmitri TreninA defense alliance between Russia and China may still be far-fetched, but their relationship is more than just a strategic partnership.

Why Putin Is Losing Popular Support

Why Putin Is Losing Popular Support

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Volkov_ApprovalRating_091118.jpg?itok=NZnvsv_zWhy Putin Is Losing Popular SupportSeptember 11, 2018Denis VolkovRecent plans to increase the retirement age have only intensified the downward trend in approval for Putin and Russia's institutions.

Is the US Using Sanctions Too Aggressively?

Is the US Using Sanctions Too Aggressively?

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Harrell_SanctionsOveruse_091118.jpg?itok=GrW4_nLAIs the US Using Sanctions Too Aggressively?September 11, 2018Peter HarrellAs the scope and complexity of sanctions grow, their costs and unintended impacts do, too.