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Focus on Russia: Putinism

Focus on Russia: Putinism

February 26, 2019Join the MIT Security Studies Program for a talk with Brian Taylor (Syracuse University) on the set of ideas, emotions, and habits that influence how Team Putin views the world. 

Elections, Political Campaigns, and Grassroots Activism through a Comparative Lens

Elections, Political Campaigns, and Grassroots Activism through a Comparative Lens

February 14, 2019Join Harvard's Davis Center for a talk with Dr. Vitali Shkliarov about his experience working as an organizer, consultant and strategist for the opposition on election campaigns in Russia, Georgia and Ukraine. The talk will also cover US-Russia relations, fake news, election interference, grassroots activism in different political and cultural contexts and the use of technology in fighting for democracy in authoritarian regimes.

Kazakhstan’s Quest for Identity: Top-Down versus Bottom-Up

Kazakhstan’s Quest for Identity: Top-Down versus Bottom-Up

February 14, 2019Join Harvard's Davis Center for a talk on contemporary issues in Kazakhstan, based on Joanna Lillis' new book, "Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan." 

Angela Stent: Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest

Angela Stent: Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest

April 10, 2019Join The Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School at Tufts University for a book talk by Angela Stent on her new book, "Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest." The talk will focus on Russia’s foreign policy and its role in contemporary world affairs. 

Vitali Shkliarov: Local Politics and Global Issues: Lessons from Political Campaigns in Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, and the United States

Vitali Shkliarov: Local Politics and Global Issues: Lessons from Political Campaigns in Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, and the United States

March 04, 2019Join Tufts University's Fletcher Russia and Eurasia Program, the Fletcher Eurasia Club, the Fletcher Democrats, and the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs for a conversation with Dr. Vitali Shkliarov on “Local Politics and Global Issues: Lessons from Political Campaigns in Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, and the United States.”

Is Russia Undermining Democracy in the West? Conference

Is Russia Undermining Democracy in the West? Conference

March 14, 2019Join University of Pennsylvania's Department of Russian and East European Studies for a full-day conference on Russia's role in undermining Western democracies.

Sorting Through the Noise: RM's Most Popular Reads

Sorting Through the Noise: RM's Most Popular Reads

February 08, 2019Inquiring minds want to know what's really going on. Is Russia building up its nuclear forces? Under what conditions does Russia intervene militarily in other countries? Did Russia really slash its defense budget? What's next for jihadists from the former Soviet countries of Central Asia? Check out our most popular reads for answers to these questions and more.

Top 10 of 2018

1. Measuring National Power: Is Vladimir Putin’s Russia in Decline? by Simon Saradzhyan and Nabi Abdullaev

2. Russia and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Laying Out the Publicly Available Evidence by David Filipov, Kevin Doyle and Natasha Yefimova-Trilling

3. Isolation and Reconquista: Russia’s Toolkit as a Constrained Great Power by Marlene Laruelle

4. Kissinger on Russia: Insights and Recommendations by RM Staff

5. When Does Vladimir Putin’s Russia Send In Troops? by Simon Saradzhyan ...

As Russia and US Give Up on INF, ‘New Cold War or Not’ Debate Flares Again

As Russia and US Give Up on INF, ‘New Cold War or Not’ Debate Flares Again

February 07, 2019With Russia and the U.S. both suspending participation in the INF Treaty, fears of a new arms race abound, with some analysts declaring a “new Cold War.” Russia’s foreign minister dismissed such notions this week, reportedly saying, “I don’t think we’re talking about the development of a Cold War… A new era has begun.” NATO’s secretary-general made the same point last spring. But not everyone agrees with them.

In policy and academic circles the “New Cold War or Not” debate has been percolating for years, prompting thoughtful dueling Twitter threads among the professorial social-media set. Those who call today’s tensions a “Cold War” sometimes use the term simply to emphasize the intensity and dangers of the current standoff between Russia and the West. When details of the comparison surface, they tend to involve military threats—top among them nuclear war, including accidental war—and the two sides’ competition for global supremacy. Those who say “Cold War” doesn’t apply today also marshal plenty of convincing arguments. These include Russia’s relative weakness since the Soviet collapse, the absence of an ideological battle between Moscow and Washington, the end of the global bipolarity that had accompanied that battle, Russia’s much greater interconnectedness with the global economy and, of course, the rise of China. Both those who do subscribe to the term “Cold War” and those who don’t point out differences between today’s confrontation and the 20th-century version. Many foreign-policy experts, for example, have noted with alarm the lack of communication channels between Moscow and Washington and of safeguards to manage the risks of escalation.

Below are some of the most striking similarities and differences between U.S.-Russian tensions now and before as pointed out by Western and Russian politicians and analysts on both sides of the debate.