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15.01.2021
What Will 2021 Bring the Russian Regime and Society?

What Will 2021 Bring the Russian Regime and Society?

The system is consuming itself, with each part of it trying to survive separately at the expense of its neighbor. In this situation, society is a hostage of the battle for survival, and an expendable component in political experiments.
13.01.2021
The Sorry State of Baltic-Russian Relations

The Sorry State of Baltic-Russian Relations

For the Baltic states, a good Russia policy is one that creates distance between them and their neighbor to the east while maintaining some ties with it. Yet the few areas of cooperation that remain could easily become casualties of political battles.
12.01.2021
Does China Need More Gas From Russia and Central Asia?

Does China Need More Gas From Russia and Central Asia?

China’s commitment to full carbon neutrality by 2060 means that the country needs to reduce the consumption of all fossil fuels, including natural gas. What does that mean for Russia and Central Asia?
11.01.2021
How Chinese Tech Companies Are Conquering Russia

How Chinese Tech Companies Are Conquering Russia

Major Chinese tech companies are actively expanding their presence on the Russian market. They may not have the state support that state-owned development banks or energy giants do, but that isn’t stopping them from successfully incorporating Russia into a digital Pax Sinica.
31.12.2020
Why the Baltics Behave As They Do Toward Russia

Why the Baltics Behave As They Do Toward Russia

Frustrated maximalism may present a window for rapprochement. The Baltic states will be more likely to look at Russia as it is, not as they want it to be. One day Russia might also look at the Baltic states as just neighbors: not as an amputated part of the Soviet Union, or Washington’s hostile lapdog.
31.12.2020
Respect Thy Neighbor: Russia and the Baltic Region

Respect Thy Neighbor: Russia and the Baltic Region

Russia and its Baltic Sea neighbors could start repairing their badly broken relationship on a common basis of neighborliness. This would fall far short of partnership, but it would end unchecked hostility.
31.12.2020
China’s Relations with Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova: Less Than Meets the Eye

China’s Relations with Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova: Less Than Meets the Eye

For all the talk of Beijing’s growing presence in the former Soviet Union, the fruits of Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova’s efforts to deepen cooperation with China have been underwhelming
28.12.2020
Podcast. Central Asia: Between China and Russia

Podcast. Central Asia: Between China and Russia

This podcast episode focuses on the shift in power in Central Asia and the evolving roles of China and Russia there.
24.12.2020
Biden, Russia, and the Middle East

Biden, Russia, and the Middle East

Biden’s task in the Middle East is to reduce U.S. involvement without allowing Russia to take advantage of the resulting vacuum.
23.12.2020
Building Trust Between Russia and the Baltic Sea Region

Building Trust Between Russia and the Baltic Sea Region

Danish Ambassador Per Carlsen was recently commissioned by Dmitri Trenin, head of the Carnegie Moscow Center, to provide his view on the developments in the Baltic Sea region in a blog format. Tragically, Per Carlsen passed away a day after he finalized this blog post.
22.12.2020
What Will Biden Offer Russia in Syria and Libya?

What Will Biden Offer Russia in Syria and Libya?

The impending reappraisal of U.S. policy on the Middle East can’t definitively be described as good or bad for Russia. In some respects, it will create hurdles for Moscow, but new opportunities may also arise.
21.12.2020
Russia’s Waning Influence on North Korea

Russia’s Waning Influence on North Korea

Embroiled in a confrontation with the West, Russia cannot play the role of an effective intermediary, and Moscow’s unwillingness to subsidize North Korea means that for Pyongyang, Russia is of no interest as a potential donor.
21.12.2020
An 'Act of War?' Avoiding a Dangerous Crisis in Cyberspace

An 'Act of War?' Avoiding a Dangerous Crisis in Cyberspace

The current U.S.-Russian confrontation is a state of relations one step removed from war. Engaging in consultations aimed at developing some basic rules of the road in cyberspace makes eminent sense.
18.12.2020
Pandemic Changes Face of Farming in Russian Far East

Pandemic Changes Face of Farming in Russian Far East

Despite many years of talk of the Far East’s economic dependence on Chinese capital and labor, the pandemic has revealed that both of those resources can be found in Russia itself.
17.12.2020
Managing Adversity: Russia and the Baltics

Managing Adversity: Russia and the Baltics

The Baltic countries and Russia need to talk to each other. A lack of communication could cause incidents to escalate and lead to a military confrontation. For this reason, dialogue on military risk reduction with Russia and Belarus is crucial.
16.12.2020
Why Belarusians Are Turning Against Russia

Why Belarusians Are Turning Against Russia

Russia’s association with Lukashenko’s crackdown may persuade Belarusians that it is impossible to be a pro-Russian democrat: that one can only be one or the other. Support for authoritarianism is going out of fashion in Belarus; pro-Russianness may, too.
15.12.2020
Podcast: How Has Coronavirus Altered the Debate on Digital Surveillance?

Podcast: How Has Coronavirus Altered the Debate on Digital Surveillance?

Alex Gabuev and Marietje Schaake discuss the governance of the digital domain in the coronavirus era.
11.12.2020
How to Safely Manage U.S.-Russian Great-Power Competition

How to Safely Manage U.S.-Russian Great-Power Competition

This is not a call for a reset or a new partnership, but rather for a responsible, less hostile relationship between rivals bitterly divided by visions of world order, geopolitical interests, and values.
9.12.2020
Putin, Unlimited? Challenges to Russia’s Regime After the Reset of Presidential Terms

Putin, Unlimited? Challenges to Russia’s Regime After the Reset of Presidential Terms

Faced with a pandemic, growing inequality, and widespread dissatisfaction, the Kremlin has launched a series of measures aimed at consolidating Russia’s authoritarian political system. Will they work?
3.12.2020
Why Chinese-Russian Law Importing Is a Myth

Why Chinese-Russian Law Importing Is a Myth

If Russia and China study each other’s legislation, it’s purely out of practical considerations for the purposes of doing business and protecting the interests of their own nationals.
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