Posts by Dmitry Gorenburg

Dmitry Gorenburg 09-11-2019
(RMR blog) Here’s the second in a series of policy briefs on Russian strategic culture and leadership decision-making, written for a collaborative project organized by the Marshall Center with support from the Russia Strategy Initiative. This one is on Russian strategic goals in a Nordic crisis. With permission from the Marshall Center, I am posting the full text here, though please go to the Marshall Center website if you would prefer to read a PDF...
Dmitry Gorenburg 08-20-2019
(War on the Rocks) (Co-authored with Kasey Stricklin) It is widely acknowledged that general and flag officers are important actors. Senior uniformed leaders are, of course, crucial in determining the trajectory of a country’s military development and in some cases even of its foreign policy. Yet, with vanishingly few exceptions, even those Americans who closely track national and international security focus little on the generals and admirals of other...
Dmitry Gorenburg 08-19-2019
(WP Monkey Cage) (Co-authored with Michael Kofman) An Aug. 8 accident at Russia's Nonoksa missile testing facility left seven dead and caused a brief radiation spike in a nearby town. What went wrong Vague and potentially misleading statements by Russian authorities have only added to speculation that scientists were working on a nuclear propulsion system for one of the country’s more secretive weapons projects, possibly the Burevestnik nuclear-powered...
Dmitry Gorenburg 04-23-2019
(Russia Matters) “Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy,” an important new book by the Israeli scholar Dmitry Adamsky, explores the critical but highly understudied juncture between religion and the military. Focusing on the role played by the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) in the restoration and development of the Russian nuclear weapons complex in the post-Cold War period, Adamsky highlights the organizational and ideological impact of the church on the gradual...
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Dmitry Gorenburg 04-04-2019
(Russian Military Reform | Marshall Center) As part of a collaborative project on Russian strategic culture and leadership decision-making, organized by the Marshall Center with support from the Russia Strategy Initiative, I have published a policy brief on Russian strategic goals in a Baltic crisis. Here is the executive summary and some highlights. The full brief is available through the Marshall Center website. Executive Summary This policy brief...
Dmitry Gorenburg 01-07-2019
(Hybrid Co) “The November 25 naval skirmish between Russian and Ukrainian forces in the Kerch Strait highlighted the fraught legal status of the strait and the Azov Sea, a status that Russia has been exploiting in recent months to exert political and economic pressure on Ukraine” writes Dmitry Gorenburg, a Senior Research Scientist in the Strategy, Policy, Plans, and Programs division of CNA. The status of the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait is regulated by...
Dmitry Gorenburg 11-28-2018
(Monkey Cage) (Co-authored with Michael Kofman) The Nov. 25 skirmish between Russian Border Guard and Ukrainian navy ships in the Kerch Strait has escalated tensions not just between the two countries, but also between Russia and NATO. Two Ukrainian navy small-armored boats and a tugboat attempted to cross into the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait. A Russian Border Guard ship rammed the tug. Russian forces eventually captured all three boats, holding them...
Dmitry Gorenburg 11-20-2018
Командующий ВМС США в Европе и Африке считает, что скандинавские страны готовы к отражению любой агрессии. 31 октября на севере Европы началась активная фаза учений сил НАТО под названием Trident Juncture – учений, которые считаются крупнейшими со времен окончания «холодной войны», и в которых, по данным Североатлантического альянса, принимают участие около 50 тысяч военнослужащих, 250 самолетов, 65 кораблей и 10 тысяч различных единиц боевой техники из...
Dmitry Gorenburg 11-01-2018
(Russia Matters) This week, NATO forces are engaged in the largest military exercise the alliance has organized since the end of the Cold War and the first major Western exercise in decades to take place in the Arctic region. To be held in Norway through Nov. 23, the Trident Juncture exercise is designed to improve NATO’s ability to defend member states and to strengthen the alliance’s credibility as a deterrent force against potential aggression. While...
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Dmitry Gorenburg 10-26-2018
(WP) Despite Russian urgings, national security adviser John Bolton is insisting that the United States will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). The treaty prohibits all short-range and intermediate-range ground-launched missiles, both nuclear and conventional, as well as systems that can be used to launch such missiles. As a result of the treaty, neither Russia nor the United States can deploy missiles with ranges between...

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