Posts by Dmitry Gorenburg

by Dmitry Gorenburg . 05-20-2015
In addition, to the plenary session, there were two panels at this year's MCIS conference. The second, on the role of military and political instruments in ensuring regional and global stability was the more interesting of the two. The main speaker was Andrey Kartopolov, the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian military's General Staff. Kartapolov focused on the threats posed to Russia by NATO. He started by reminding the audience that...
by Dmitry Gorenburg . 05-12-2015
This year, there were a lot of foreign defense ministers participating in the Moscow Conference on International Security. In fact, there were so many that the organizers had to take an unscheduled break as the conference running well over time, with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu notably absent after the panel resumed. In this post, I will summarize the most interesting of the presentations. Videos of all the plenary speeches are available on the...
by Dmitry Gorenburg . 05-05-2015
Here’s the second installment of my reporting from the 2015 MCIS conference. This one and the next will focus on Russian views of NATO as the primary source of military threat to the Russian Federation. The first speech was by General Valery Gerasimov, the Chief of the General Staff. His topic was the military threats and dangers facing Russia in the contemporary period. He launched into a discussion of how the West saw Russia’s efforts to stabilize the...
by Dmitry Gorenburg . 04-21-2015
Last week, I was once again in attendance at the Russian MOD's Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS). As I did last year, over the next couple of weeks I'll write up some of the key speeches and then conclude with some takeaway thoughts on the event. The Russian speakers at the plenary session included Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov. Security Council Secretary ...
by Dmitry Gorenburg . 04-13-2015
Если бы Крым остался в составе Украины, Россия не могла бы расширять свое влияние на Средиземном море, а Черноморский флот был бы "обречен гнить", пишет американское издание. Присоединив Крым, Россия не только дала будущее Черноморскому флоту, но и получила возможности для усиления влияния на Средиземном море, пишет американское издание Defense News.   Когда Крым был в составе Украины, размер российского Черноморского флота был ограничен и флот был "...
by Dmitry Gorenburg . 04-13-2015
(L’Indro) A couple of weeks ago, I gave an interview to an Italian newspaper on the significance of the Russian military exercises that were conducting in conjunction with the first anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. The newspaper has kindly granted permission to publish an English-language version of the interview.See the interview (Russian Military Reform)
by Dmitry Gorenburg . 02-02-2015
Российская пропаганда заговорила о мощи своего военного флота. В декабре в эфире одного из российских телеканалов начальник Генерального штаба РФ Валерий Герасимов обещал, что к концу 2015 года количество боевых кораблей удвоится. "Увеличение обусловлено тем, что у России есть задачи в мировом океане", - заявил Герасимов. Однако на деле ситуация совсем не такая положительная, как говорит пропаганда Кремля, - пишет польское издание Gazeta Wyborcza. В...
by Dmitry Gorenburg . 11-10-2014
Moscow's Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies has just published a new book on the military aspects of the Ukraine crisis. Here's a preview of my book review, published today at War on the Rocks. Review of: Colby Howard and Ruslan Pukhov, eds. Brothers Armed: Military Aspects of the Crisis in Ukraine (East View Press, 2014). Over the last few months, the crisis in Ukraine has led to a fundamental reassessment of the state of U.S.-Russia...
by Dmitry Gorenburg . 10-01-2014
Russia’s actions in Ukraine have had a direct impact on the security perceptions of the Baltic States. Baltic leaders see Russia’s intervention in Ukraine as a potentially serious precedent for future Russian actions against the Baltic States. Russia’s statements declaring that it will protect ethnic Russians living outside the Russian Federation are of particular concern, given the large ethnic Russian minorities in Estonia and Latvia. Russian naval...
by Dmitry Gorenburg . 09-29-2014
(The Moscow Times/Huffington Post) While various commentators have described President Vladimir Putin as playing a chess game against the West, I would argue that he has actually been primarily reacting tactically to what he saw as a major defeat. After all, in late February, in just a few days Ukraine went from having chosen alliance with Russia to a victory by anti-Russian forces and the prospect of a close alliance with the West, and the potential loss...

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