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.

Living in (Digital) Denial: Russia’s Approach to Cyber Deterrence

Living in (Digital) Denial: Russia’s Approach to Cyber Deterrence

report Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/cybertraining.JPG?itok=zSCkmnpGLiving in (Digital) Denial: Russia’s Approach to Cyber DeterrenceJuly 23, 2018Joss MeakinsFor 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.

The Helsinki Summit: A Good Idea Turns Bad

The Helsinki Summit: A Good Idea Turns Bad

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/42547210775_557786b614_b_0.jpg?itok=uCO0W4-RThe Helsinki Summit: A Good Idea Turns BadJuly 19, 2018George BeebeExpectations 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.

In Helsinki, Trump Takes ‘Do No Harm’ Approach to Russia on 2 Issues: Syria and Energy

In Helsinki, Trump Takes ‘Do No Harm’ Approach to Russia on 2 Issues: Syria and Energy

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/071618_Helsinki1_RAR_teaser.jpg?itok=0k99XpdsIn Helsinki, Trump Takes ‘Do No Harm’ Approach to Russia on 2 Issues: Syria and EnergyJuly 17, 2018Nikolas K. GvosdevFor 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.

Putin's Spies Can't Even Get Along With Each Other

Putin's Spies Can't Even Get Along With Each Other

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Bershidsky_SpiesCantGetAlong_071718.jpg?itok=n7HJfCSPPutin's Spies Can't Even Get Along With Each OtherJuly 17, 2018Leonid BershidskyThe 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.

Trump on Russia: In His Own Words

Trump on Russia: In His Own Words

Competing Views on Russia RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Trump-on-Russia-competing-views.jpg?h=4100cacf&itok=MbX0TfldTrump on Russia: In His Own WordsJuly 13, 2018RM StaffFrom 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.

Survey: What Can We Expect From the Trump-Putin Summit?

Survey: What Can We Expect From the Trump-Putin Summit?

survey RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/rFmUGHcJAL5G4xkLHtqYlvsbFieNXw9K.JPG?itok=bKloySCuSurvey: What Can We Expect From the Trump-Putin Summit?July 12, 2018RM ExpertsEight 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.

Time for a Helsinki Communique

Time for a Helsinki Communique

article Partner Posts /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Vladimir_Putin_and_Donald_Trump_at_the_2017_G-20_Hamburg_Summit_%282%29.jpg?itok=2kz40ktxTime for a Helsinki CommuniqueJuly 07, 2018Thomas GrahamThe 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?

In Search of Light at the End of the Tunnel for US-Russian Relations

In Search of Light at the End of the Tunnel for US-Russian Relations

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/tunnel-2582142_1920.jpg?itok=qP7B-Y8_In Search of Light at the End of the Tunnel for US-Russian RelationsJune 26, 2018Alexey ArbatovEven 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.

Divide and Invest: Why the Marshall Plan Worked

Divide and Invest: Why the Marshall Plan Worked

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/32591955704_274353b590_b.jpg?itok=25d7Y2jRDivide and Invest: Why the Marshall Plan WorkedJune 14, 2018Melvyn LefflerWhile the Marshall Plan was arguably the most successful U.S. foreign policy program during the Cold War, it also exacerbated Cold War tensions.

The Myth of the Liberal Order. From Historical Accident to Conventional Wisdom

The Myth of the Liberal Order. From Historical Accident to Conventional Wisdom

article Recommended Reads /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Allison_MythofLibWorldOrder_061418.jpg?itok=Y0gxzllGThe Myth of the Liberal Order. From Historical Accident to Conventional WisdomJune 14, 2018Graham AllisonThe "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

Terror Threat from Russian-Speaking Jihadists Won’t End with World Cup, and the West Should Care

Terror Threat from Russian-Speaking Jihadists Won’t End with World Cup, and the West Should Care

article RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Ratelle-stadium-Putin.jpg?itok=1BqerMIrTerror Threat from Russian-Speaking Jihadists Won’t End with World Cup, and the West Should CareJune 13, 2018Jean-François RatelleThe war in Syria has greatly expanded Russian-speaking extremist groups’ transnational networks in Europe and beyond, posing an international counterterrorism challenge for years to come.

China-Russia Relations: Same Bed, Different Dreams? Why Converging Interests Are Unlikely to Lead to a Full-Fledged Alliance

China-Russia Relations: Same Bed, Different Dreams? Why Converging Interests Are Unlikely to Lead to a Full-Fledged Alliance

research paper RM Exclusives /sites/default/files/styles/large/public/media/teaser/Saradzhyan-Wyne-China-Russia-Putin-Xi.jpg?itok=7IQKMGgbChina-Russia Relations: Same Bed, Different Dreams? Why Converging Interests Are Unlikely to Lead to a Full-Fledged AllianceJune 07, 2018Simon Saradzhyan and Ali WyneChina and Russia’s shared interests have brought them closer together, but growing disparities between the two make a formal alliance unlikely, unless two conditions emerge—including a weakened, isolated Russia.