U.S.-Russian Relations

Policy Memos | Аналитика
Mikhail Troitskiy 08 Dec 2017
“I am not risking my head when I promise to teach my donkey to read—in twenty years one of us will surely die—either myself, or the emir, or the donkey.”  - Hodja Nasreddin (XIII century) Challenges have been piling up in U.S.-Russian relations over the last five years. Confrontations—from arms control crises and Moscow shutting down NGOs to the Ukraine and Syria conflicts and sanctions regimes—will...
PONARS Eurasia 20 Feb 2018
(Politifact) Amid swelling evidence of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump pushed back against critics who say he's given the Kremlin a free pass. In one tweet on Feb. 20, Trump said, "I have been much tougher on Russia than Obama, just look at the facts. Total Fake News!" The tweet immediately drew guffaws among media commentators and on social media, who quickly plucked examples of Trump...
Pavel Baev 20 Feb 2018
(EDM) The central theme of the traditional Munich Security Conference last weekend was the current assessment of the Russian threat. The briefs prepared for the high-level participants, including US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, had, however, to undergo urgent revisions as at least three new developments in the week preceding the event revealed the growing complexity of this threat. First, the...
Samuel Greene 20 Feb 2018
(Moscow-on-Thames) Maybe I’ve missed something, but as best I can tell most Americans – indeed, most in the West in general – aren’t aware of the fact that, two weeks ago, US troops repelled a Russian attack in Syria, killing maybe as many as several hundred people (and losing none of their own). Here’s the contemporaneous report from CNN. If you read Russian, though, you’ll learn a lot more from Pavel Felgengauer’s article today in...
PONARS Eurasia 20 Feb 2018
(PBS) The indictment by Special Counsel, Robert Mueller detailed a coordinated scheme by Russians to interfere in the U.S. electoral process, boost President Trumps presidential campaign and undermine Hillary Clinton. The indictment alleges that the Russians posed as Americans on social media and bought misleading online ads, staged political rallies in the US without revealing their Russian identities or backing, and solicited and paid Americans to...
PONARS Eurasia 16 Feb 2018
(Brookings Report) Lenin was famously, perhaps apocryphally, asked how to advance a political cause. He’s reported to have answered, “Probe with a bayonet; if you meet steel, stop! If you meet mush, then push.” To date, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political advances into Europe and military advances into the Middle East have encountered largely mush. In January 2018, Bruce Jones, director of the Brookings Foreign Policy Program, convened eight...
Policy Memos | Аналитика
Mikhail Alexseev 14 Feb 2018
(PONARS Policy Memo) One of Donald Trump’s 2016 keynote foreign policy pledges was to improve relations with Russia. Few would have predicted that after a year in office, his plan would not only stall or fizzle out, as campaign promises often do, but that it would backfire. Toward the end of July 2017, near unanimous votes in both houses of Congress forced Trump to sign legislation that reaffirmed all sanctions on Russia. Furthermore, the part of the...
Policy Memos | Аналитика
Arkady Moshes 06 Feb 2018
(PONARS Policy Memo) One year into Donald Trump’s presidency is a good time to scrutinize the views held by the mainstream parts of the Russian foreign policy establishment. In a nutshell, they are highly skeptical about the immediate future of relations between Russia and the West, optimistic about Russia’s turn to Asia despite the impediments, and are not satisfied about the Russia-centered reintegration of the post-Soviet space. Displaying a...

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