Hybrid War: Russia vs. the West

5.05.2021

Inconceivable, Inevitable, Impossible Union: Lessons for Today From WWII-Era Soviet-Western Relations

The experience of the Soviet-American-British wartime coalition was unique and inimitable. Pulling the U.S.-Russian relationship back from the brink of confrontation to less antagonistic rivalry will only be possible in the event of major changes in the domestic politics of one or both countries.
30.04.2021

Podcast: What’s the Point of the Latest U.S. Sanctions Against Russia?

Podcast host Alex Gabuev is joined by Andrey Movchan, a nonresident scholar in the Economic Policy Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center, and Maria Shagina, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Eastern European Studies at the University of Zurich, to discuss the impact of Western sanctions on the Russian economy.
29.04.2021

Escalation and Retreat: The New Model for U.S.-Russian Relations?

The deliberate stoking of tensions to enable a show of strength followed by an equally deliberate retreat could become an everyday tool used in foreign policy: a regular swing of the pendulum between escalation and de-escalation.
20.04.2021

Events in Czechia and Belarus Cement Eastern Europe’s New Divide

With the weekend’s developments in the Czech Republic and Belarus, the new border between Russia and the West is calcifying, eliminating not only movement from one side to the other, but also the freedom not to choose a side.
14.04.2021

Turkey’s Tightrope Between Russia and the United States

Turkey has been sitting on two chairs, doing geopolitical business with Russia and calling on the United States on a case-by-case basis when interests happen to converge. Now the United States is giving Turkey a taste of its own medicine, and applying its own version of transactionalism.
7.04.2021

Russia Is Ignoring Climate Change at Its Own Peril

For now, neither Russian business nor the government or society understands the problem of climate change and why they should be doing anything about it. This lack of understanding could ultimately be more damaging to the Russian economy than all the current Western sanctions.
2.04.2021

UK Security Review: Implications for Russia

The British government’s Integrated Review implies that there can be no cooperation with Moscow until the Russian government either changes its policies in a fundamental way or is replaced by a government with a very different policy agenda.
30.03.2021

No Emotions or Illusions: The Future of U.S.-Russian Relations

Three decades after the collapse of the USSR, the mindset of Soviet-American détente and “equal, mutually beneficial cooperation” is hopelessly outdated.
22.03.2021

Biden and Putin’s War of Words

Putin has long positioned himself as a global opposition figure, and will now be able to feel like one of the Russian opposition politicians with whom the authorities refuse to engage for fear of creating a political equivalence.
2.03.2021

Kissinger Revisited. Can the United States Drive a Wedge Between Russia and China?

The Trump administration’s attempt to replicate Henry Kissinger’s diplomatic maneuvering between the Soviet Union and China in the early 1970s is a good example of the misuse of history.
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