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.

    • Commentary

    Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy and Russia

    Biden calls Russia the biggest threat to the United States, and sees Moscow’s policies as aimed at weakening Western countries internally; undermining the unity of such institutions as NATO and the European Union; and subverting the liberal world order.

    • Commentary

    Moscow’s New Rules

    Simultaneous crises in Belarus, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Kyrgyzstan have demonstrated Russia’s maturing approach to its neighborhood. Russia is learning to mind its limitations; to repel residual nostalgia; and to think straight, putting issues before personalities, and staying focused on its own interests, leaving the empire farther and farther behind.

    • Op-Ed

    War Commemorations Aim to Avoid War

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War. It was initially a civil war that gradually evolved into an international conflict, during which the Soviet Union and China supported North Korea.

    • Op-Ed

    Stability Amid Strategic Deregulation: Managing the End of Nuclear Arms Control

    Bilateral nuclear arms control is being succeeded in a polycentric nuclear world by deregulation. Rather than mourn arms control, we should focus on complimenting deterrence—which has been and will remain the bedrock of strategic stability—with reliable communication, contacts, transparency, and restraint among relevant parties.

    • Commentary

    Russian-German Relations: Back to the Future

    Berlin is ending the era launched by Gorbachev of a trusting and friendly relationship with Moscow. Russia, for its part, no longer expects anything from Germany, and therefore does not feel obliged to take into account its opinion or interests.

    • Commentary

    Game Over for Lukashenko: the Kremlin’s Next Move

    The Kremlin has had enough of Lukashenko, but it cannot allow Belarus to follow the path of Ukraine and become another anti-Russian, NATO-leaning bulwark on its borders.

    • Op-Ed

    China-Russia Relationship Model for Major Powers

    For the foreseeable future, Russian-Chinese relations are likely to be closer, and more productive than Russian-American ones. This is not based on emotions, but on national interests.

    • Steady State: Russian Foreign Policy After Coronavirus

      The coronavirus pandemic has hastened the arrival of a new era of bipolarity. The short essays in this panoramic collection examine the various implications of the pandemic for Russia’s foreign relations.

      • Event

      India-Russia Strategic Partnership: Ready for an Upgrade?

      • Dmitri Trenin, D. B. Venkatesh Varma, Timofey Borisov, Rajesh Bansal, Lydia Kulik, Nivedita Kapoor, Samir Saran, Nandan Unnikrishnan
      • June 26, 2020

      Is there a way to upgrade Indo-Russian economic and technological ties and make geopolitical and security interaction more effective, while not upending India’s connections with the United States, and Russia’s with China?

      • Commentary

      How Russians are Reading Bolton and Trump

      John Bolton suggests that Putin can play Trump like a fiddle. The truth is that under the forty-fifth U.S. president, the bilateral relationship with Russia is now as bad as at any time since the early 1980s.

    Carnegie Experts on
    Foreign and Security Policy

    • Elena Bogatyreva
      Program Coordinator
      Foreign and Security Policy
      Carnegie Moscow Center
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      Nikolay Kozhanov
      Former nonresident scholar
      Foreign and Security Policy Program
      Moscow Center
      Kozhanov is a former nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center and a contributing expert to the Moscow-based Institute of the Middle East.
    • expert thumbnail - Trenin
      Dmitri Trenin
      Carnegie 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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