Foreign and Security Policy

The program covers a broad spectrum of foreign policy and security issues, including Russia’s relations with the U.S. and Western Europe, the creation of a common Euro-Atlantic security system, Russia’s cooperation with its neighbors, the evolving relationship with Central and Eastern Europe, and the development of ties with China, Japan and other Asian powers.

    • Op-Ed

    Putin's Plan for Syria

    Russia realizes that with the war waning and reconstruction looming, others will begin to step forward in Syria, including China, Europe, and Japan. Moscow will seek to partner with them to secure a piece of the lucrative reconstruction effort.

    • Book

    What Is Russia Up To in the Middle East?

    The eyes of the world are on the Middle East. Today, more than ever, this deeply-troubled region is the focus of power games between major global players vying for international influence. Absent from this scene for the past quarter century, Russia is now back with gusto. Yet its motivations, decision-making processes and strategic objectives remain hard to pin down.

    • Op-Ed

    Russia Has Grand Designs For the International Order

    Moscow’s new grand strategy is still in gestation. It seeks to maximize connectivity with all, while putting Russia’s own interests first. Managing a large number of very different partners is difficult, but not impossible, as Moscow’s recent experience in the Middle East shows.

    • Op-Ed

    What’s the U.S.’s Best Chance With North Korea? Russia

    Washington and Pyongyang will eventually need to resume direct talks. With neither party ready for that yet, at first secret contacts will have to be organized in third countries. In the meantime, de-escalation is the order of the day, and Russia one of its unlikely brokers.

    • Op-Ed

    New World Order

    • Dmitri Trenin, Jacob Link
    • September 15, 2017
    • Harvard Political Review

    The United States is still the leading power, yet this dominance is no longer uncontested. This contestation is coming in a big way from China and other countries.

    • Op-Ed

    China Sanctions Hint of What’s To Come

    Recent US sanctions against China and Russia are signs of the Trump administration’s toughening approach to North Korea. Ironically, these sanctions come on the heels of a UN Security Council resolution imposing new measures against North Korea that the US, China and Russia voted in favor of.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Looking out Five Years: What Should Washington and Its European Allies Expect From Moscow?

    Russians have become skeptical about a truly global order. At best, interactions with Western countries will be transactional, based on national interests when those happen to coincide or come close.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Looking out Five Years: Ideological, Geopolitical, and Economic Drivers of Russian Foreign Policy

    Putin has embraced patriotism and Eurasianism, but Russia must soon confront economic, security, and demographic headwinds, as well as the imperative of reform.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Looking out Five Years: Who Will Decide Russian Foreign Policy?

    Putin directs a foreign policy devoted to the concept of Russia as a great power. Even if he steps down as president in 2024, Putin will likely continue as Russia’s primary leader for years to come.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Demands on Russian Foreign Policy And Its Drivers: Looking Out Five Years

    Russia’s foreign policy priorities in the coming years hinge upon solidifying Russia’s great power status outside the post-Soviet space as well as reducing the country’s political isolation.

Carnegie Experts on
Foreign and Security Policy

  • Elena Bogatyreva
    Program Coordinator
    Moscow Center
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    Dmitri Trenin
    Director
    Moscow Center
    Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, has been with the center since its inception. He also chairs the research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program.

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