U.S.-Russian Relations

Policy Memos | Аналитика
Keith Darden 18 May 2018
(PONARS Policy Memo) After two decades of dramatic reduction and deliberate neglect, the nuclear arsenals that were at the center of security relations between the Cold War superpowers are reaching the ends of their operational lives. Rather than allow age and obsolescence to erode their nuclear capabilities and carry us into a post-nuclear era, both Russia and the United States chose to modernize and redevelop their nuclear arsenals with new weapons...
PONARS Eurasia 24 May 2018
On the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president, PONARS Eurasia and New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia hosted a joint conference that brought together leading scholars to discuss the state of U.S.-Russian/Eurasian relations. The papers in this volume are drawn from this event.  In the first section of this collection, Arkady Moshes, Finnish Institute of International Affairs,...
PONARS Eurasia 09 May 2018
(NYTimes) he strangest Russian political scandal so far this year — a year that hasn’t lacked for them — revolves around a Belarusian escort named Anastasia Vashukevich, who goes by the name Nastya Rybka. Rybka, whose pseudonym means “little fish,” is a prolific Instagrammer, a teacher of “sex workshops” and the author of a how-to book, “Who Wants to Seduce a Billionaire?” She became famous in Russia this year for having chronicled, on Instagram, her...
Policy Memos | Аналитика
Pavel Baev 04 May 2018
(PONARS Policy Memo) As the confrontation between the West and Russia matures, the proposition that the West should combine military containment with engagement in areas of mutual interest has been gaining wider popularity than have Putinversteher calls for empathy with Russia.[1] Cooperation in the fight against terrorism is typically identified as one of the most obvious areas of mutual interest. The rationale for this cooperative exemption from...
Kimberly Marten 03 May 2018
(International Politics) Abstract: Russia’s attempt to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election succeeded in introducing an element of chaos into US politics, but neither Russia nor its leader Vladimir Putin gained much from it. Instead, US sanctions against Russia increased, and Russia’s 2017 attempt to introduce a new “reset” policy to the administration of Donald Trump fell flat as conflict between the two countries escalated. This article...
PONARS Eurasia 02 May 2018
(USN) The problem with superpowers, wrote Henry Kissinger in 1979, is that they often act like "two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision." This principle from the realpolitik statesman, that the world's most powerful nations are often oblivious to their opponents' deep dysfunctions, may explain data compiled by U.S. News as a...
PONARS Eurasia 30 Apr 2018
(Newsweek) In the shade of Arlington Cemetery outside of Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, dozens of Americans and Russians sat on folding chairs and presented wreaths at a memorial to Elbe Day. The 20-year-old plaque commemorates the day at the end of World War II that American and Soviet troops met at the Elbe River in Germany, a moment signifying that they were gaining control of the country. Simultaneously, in Moscow, people gathered to mark the...
Policy Memos | Аналитика
Ivan Kurilla 26 Apr 2018
(PONARS Policy Memo) Donald Trump’s triumph in the 2016 presidential election discharged an unprecedented political and media movement linking his victory to Russian interference in the U.S. political system. The president’s defenders called this a “witch hunt” but they frequently became cornered by the significant amount of U.S. public and Congressional opinion that wanted Washington to curtail any possible amelioration in Russian-U.S. relations. Just...

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