Policy Memos by Nikolai Sokov

Nikolai Sokov 11-19-2019

(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) The role of nuclear weapons in Russia’s national security policy moved to the center of attention last year following the new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review, which...

Nikolai Sokov 06-13-2017

В конце 2015 и начале 2016 года Россия продемонстрировала в ходе сирийской кампании, что у нее появилась возможность наносить высокоточные неядерные удары по целям, расположенным в тысячах километров от ее границ...

Nikolai Sokov 05-01-2017

(PONARS Policy Memo) In late 2015 and early 2016, Russia demonstrated in Syria that it had acquired long-range, precision-guided, conventional-strike capability, the use of which has implications far beyond...

Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

In the last few years, debates within NATO on the future of the Alliance’s nuclear policy have gone through a number of twists and turns. The adoption of the new Strategic Concept in 2010 was not the...

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Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

The “five-day war” between Russia and Georgia in August 2008 has many dimensions. For those trying to discern its strategic implications, perhaps the most important is its impact on alternative oil...

Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

In March 2005 negotiations over a long-stalled issue of Russian military bases in Georgia sharply accelerated. In the end of May, the foreign ministers of the two countries signed a joint statement, which...

Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

The recent request of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to the United States to set deadlines for the temporary use of its bases in Central Asia, and Uzbekistan’s subsequent demand that the United...

Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

The month-long conflict between Russia and Ukraine over the price of Russian gas has pitted images against policy. In recent years, the image of Russia has been largely negative while the image of...

Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

The latest crisis in Russian-Georgian relations, precipitated by the arrest of four Russian officers in Georgia on suspicions of espionage, could put the United States in an awkward situation in which it will...

Nikolai Sokov 07-23-2012

Negotiations on a new strategic arms control treaty, proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in July 2006, are likely to be a challenging but fascinating exercise. The new treaty, which for convenience we...

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Senior Fellow
Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non‑Proliferation