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.

Vostok-2018: Russia and China Signal Growing Military Cooperation

Vostok-2018: Russia and China Signal Growing Military Cooperation

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Kofman-Vostok-photo.jpeg?itok=OhWvQ9cDVostok-2018: Russia and China Signal Growing Military CooperationSeptember 10, 2018Michael KofmanThis year’s strategic military exercise demonstrates both that Russia is still a power in Asia and that it will work with China to offset threats from Washington.

‘Above All, Avoid Zeal’: EastWest’s Cameron Munter on Russia’s Relations With the West

‘Above All, Avoid Zeal’: EastWest’s Cameron Munter on Russia’s Relations With the West

interview RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/MunterQ%26A_Peasants_Brawling_over_Cards.jpg?itok=mUsyFUJP‘Above All, Avoid Zeal’: EastWest’s Cameron Munter on Russia’s Relations With the WestSeptember 07, 2018RM StaffA veteran U.S. diplomat specializing in conflict resolution weighs in on the potential for U.S.-Russian cooperation, as well as the threats, obstacles and prospects facing both countries.

Is Russia Really 'Fascist'?

Is Russia Really 'Fascist'?

article Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Laurelle_IsRussiaFascist_090618.jpg?itok=Afs1s5geIs Russia Really 'Fascist'?September 05, 2018Marlene LaruelleScholar Timothy Snyder, among many others, has described Russia—or at least the Putin regime—as “fascist.” Laruelle takes a look at, and debunks, Snyder's four main claims for justifying the label.

Five Nations Bicker Over Whether the Caspian Is Lake or Sea

Five Nations Bicker Over Whether the Caspian Is Lake or Sea

article Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Rahimov_5Bicker_091918.jpg?itok=6QnDxUzlFive Nations Bicker Over Whether the Caspian Is Lake or SeaSeptember 05, 2018Rahim RahimovWhile the countries' leaders hailed the summit as a historic success, experts noted that the convention failed to resolve any disputes and instead merely formalized the existing status quo.

Kissinger on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

Kissinger on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

Competing Views on Russia RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Kissinger2.jpg?h=57ecffd5&itok=T-kxpiJIKissinger on Russia: Insights and RecommendationsAugust 31, 2018RM StaffIn a newly updated compilation of remarks, the eminent U.S. statesman offers ways to reconcile America’s necessities with Russia’s concerns.

Russian Power Under Putin: Up and Down and Flatline

Russian Power Under Putin: Up and Down and Flatline

debate RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Kuchins_Flatline_082218_teaser.jpg?itok=OOkjDPFIRussian Power Under Putin: Up and Down and FlatlineAugust 22, 2018Andrew KuchinsWhile Moscow’s military power has grown considerably, Putin has not created the conditions crucial for sustained economic growth and the development of new commercial technologies.

How to Interfere in a Foreign Election

How to Interfere in a Foreign Election

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Kinzer_HowtoInterfer_081918_teaser.jpg?itok=dE0szcEQHow to Interfere in a Foreign ElectionAugust 19, 2018Stephen KinzerDespite Yeltsin's unpopularity, Washington saw him as easy to control, and so, U.S. resources were thrown behind a Russian presidential candidate.

The August War, Ten Years On: A Retrospective on the Russo-Georgian War

The August War, Ten Years On: A Retrospective on the Russo-Georgian War

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Kofman_AugustWar_081718.jpg?itok=IuYXaE3KThe August War, Ten Years On: A Retrospective on the Russo-Georgian WarAugust 17, 2018Michael KofmanIn 2008, Moscow demonstrated the will and ability to actively contest the U.S. vision for European security, veto NATO expansion in its neighborhood and challenge Washington’s design for a normative international order where small states can determine their own affairs independent of the interests of great powers.

Opposition to Nord Stream 2 Makes No Sense for America or Europe

Opposition to Nord Stream 2 Makes No Sense for America or Europe

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Rumer_NordStream2Opp_081218_teaser.jpg?itok=lUqadaPiOpposition to Nord Stream 2 Makes No Sense for America or EuropeAugust 12, 2018Eugene RumerU.S. President Donald Trump and his critics at home and in Europe have found common ground in opposing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

When Does Vladimir Putin’s Russia Send In Troops?

When Does Vladimir Putin’s Russia Send In Troops?

issue brief RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Saradzhyan-Putin-Conditions-Use-of-Force-Georgia-War-AP_11080812793.jpg?itok=WDF--Bb-When Does Vladimir Putin’s Russia Send In Troops?August 07, 2018Simon SaradzhyanExamining Putin’s three military interventions abroad, the author sees a pattern in which two conditions must be present for Russia to intervene with force: a threat to its vital interests and a reasonable chance of success.

Dawn of a New Armageddon

Dawn of a New Armageddon

article Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Atomic_bomb_blast_at_Bikini_Island_%288136376367%29.jpg?itok=AzAbfbu7Dawn of a New ArmageddonAugust 06, 2018Cynthia LazaroffPerhaps 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.

Politics Surpasses Satire in Ukraine

Politics Surpasses Satire in Ukraine

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Economist_PoliticsSatireUkraine_080418.jpg?itok=REgAS3_1Politics Surpasses Satire in UkraineAugust 04, 2018The EconomistVladimir 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.