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

    European Security Is Becoming Euro-Asian

    The world is probably entering a period of new bipolarity, in which the main players will be the United States and China. The situation will prompt various states to address the question of how they relate to the new central axis of global rivalry, this time between Washington and Beijing.

    • Q&A

    How Cozy Is Russia and China’s Military Relationship?

    Russia and China’s strategic military cooperation is becoming ever closer. President Putin has announced that Russia is helping China build an early warning system to spot intercontinental ballistic missile launches.

    • Op-Ed

    Russia’s Comeback Isn’t Stopping With Syria

    Russia is back and here to stay. Others had better accept it and learn to deal with it — without undue expectations, but also without inordinate fear.

    • Op-Ed

    The Syrian Crisis Is Now Russia’s to Resolve

    America’s withdrawal creates an opportunity and a challenge for Moscow.

    • Op-Ed

    20 Years of Vladimir Putin: How Russian Foreign Policy Has Changed

    Today it makes sense to examine Putin’s legacy in practical regard, through the prism of certain questions: What is of abiding importance and should be preserved for the next generation of Russian leaders? What needs to be changed and developed? What should be best avoided in the future?

    • Op-Ed

    US Obsession With Containment Driving China And Russia Closer

    The China-Russian military cooperation with its underlying strategic calculus is clearly aimed at countering US moves and capabilities in the region.

    • Commentary

    Russia’s Changing Identity: In Search of a Role in the 21st Century

    Russia’s brand of exceptionalism is not messianic. It is rooted in the isolation of an Orthodox country and its belief that it possesses the gift of a true religious faith. It has been strengthened by Russia’s successful—if costly—defense of its state sovereignty, and confirmed by Russia’s status as a major global player that refuses to take orders from anyone.

    • Op-Ed


    Russian history is a controversial and hotly debated subject, both at home and abroad. Distilling its lessons is difficult, but worthwhile, as many themes from Russia’s past are likely to endure well into its post-Putin future.

    • Book


    Russia is reputed to be a country whose past constantly changes to suit the purposes and vision of its ruling elite. Yet few would dispute that Russian history is one of extremes.

    • Op-Ed

    Russia, China Are Key and Close Partners

    China and Russia have learned lessons from history: great powers lead or abstain, they don’t jump on the bandwagons of others, and in bilateral relations, great powers seek to maintain equilibrium-they may come close to each other if interests or circumstances demand, but not so close as to become followers.

Carnegie Experts on
Foreign and Security Policy

  • Elena Bogatyreva
    Program Coordinator
    Moscow Center
  • expert thumbnail - Kozhanov
    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
    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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