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(RMR blog) In what seems to have become an annual tradition, I was on the Blog Talk Radio show Midrats this week, talking about the Russian military, Russian political developments, Russian relations with the United States and China, and the like. The recording is now available on the show’s website. The show description is as follows: Episode 385: Springtime for Russia? To say that the profile of Russia since the American elections last fall...
Pavel Baev 16 May 2017
(EDM) The Kremlin continues to cling to hopes that it can build a rapport with the Donald Trump administration; those expectations copiously developed at the start of the year, only to succumb to one cold shower after another since then. Yuri Ushakov, President Vladimir Putin’s long-serving foreign policy aide, recently asserted that the “difficult legacy” left by the Barack Obama administration was gradually sorted out despite the...
(Russian Military Reform) One last set of slides from the Moscow International Security Conference, this one mostly maps describing operations in Syria. A lot of the slides in this set were actually videos being played through powerpoint, so those are not included here.  See the slides | Russian Military Reform blog
(The National Interest) (Co-authored with Michael Kofman) May is a busy time in Moscow, from tanks drilling on the city’s main thoroughfares in preparation for the annual World War II victory parade to the cavalcade of defense ministers flying in for Russia’s annual Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS). Since 2012, the Russian Ministry of Defense has endeavored to host its own showpiece conference on international...
Pavel Baev 09 May 2017
(EDM) On May 9, columns of tanks will roll through the streets of Moscow, followed by S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Arctic camouflage and cyclopean Topol-M inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBM), to parade proudly on Red Square. Similar parades—minus the Topols—will take place across the country, from Vladivostok to illegally annexed Sevastopol, where crowds will additionally rejoice over the third anniversary of “re-joining...
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(RMR) One more installment. Two sets of slides on missile defense. A Russian language video recording of the entire panel is available, with some of the slides visible in conjunction with the presentation. First, the Russian view, presented by Lt General Viktor Poznikhir, the Vice Chief of the Main Operations Directorate.  See the slides (and related posts from MCIS 2017)  © Russian Military Reform blog
France concluded a highly divisive presidential election campaign. Emmanuel Macron (En Marche!) won 66% of the vote against Marine Le Pen (National Front). The campaign will be seen by historians as having expelled in the first round the traditional parties (Les Républicains, Socialist Party). The left-right divide, which is so deeply rooted in French history, became a secondary issue compared to a choice between a centrist, pro-European, and...
Henry Hale 04 May 2017
(Seminar) Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey. Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. Narendra Modi in India. When leaders with authoritarian inclinations gain power in longtime democracies these days, they are frequently compared with Russia’s President Vladimir V. Putin. In the United States, Donald J. Trump even invited the comparison himself, complimenting the Russian leader during his presidential election campaign as exemplifying strong...
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