In Syria, Moscow Is Defending a Narrative, Not a Country

In Syria, Moscow Is Defending a Narrative, Not a Country

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Maxim Trudolyubov

Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Russia condemned the U.S.-led military strikes launched early last Saturday against targets in Syria. Russia responded by convening an emergency session of the UN Security Council, which then rejected a Russian-backed resolution denouncing the strike. The limited…

Olga Oliker: “Russia Is Left Holding the Bag on Syria”

Olga Oliker: “Russia Is Left Holding the Bag on Syria”

Olga Oliker

Olga Oliker

Senior Adviser and Director at Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Olga Oliker is Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, D.C.. Prior to joining the CSIS, Oliker held a number of senior posts at the RAND Corporation, most recently as director of RAND’s Center for Russia and Eurasia. She is the author or co-author of numerous articles and monographs related to Russia and its neighborhood.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV and OLGA OLIKER In a Russia File conversation with Olga Oliker, we discuss Russia’s foreign policy choices against the background of uncertainty as to where and how the United States plans to be active. Do you think…

Putin is Pushing a War Mentality on Unwilling Russians

Putin is Pushing a War Mentality on Unwilling Russians

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Maxim Trudolyubov

Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV The presentation of weapons—some known, some new—took up more than 30 percent of the Russian president Vladimir Putin’s state of the nation address last week. Putin, who was not particularly engaged during the economic and social parts…

Conflicting Views: How the Russian Public Perceives Relations with America

Conflicting Views: How the Russian Public Perceives Relations with America

Stepan Goncharov

Stepan Goncharov

Sociologist at Levada-Center
Stephan Gocharov is a sociologist with the Levada Center and a political scientist. He holds a specialist degree in political science.
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BY STEPAN GONCHAROV This piece originally appeared in Intersection and has been lightly edited here for style. A new survey shows how Russians might be open to changing their views about America. There is a growing willingness to cooperate but…

Getting Russia’s Future Right: Lessons from Recent History

Getting Russia’s Future Right: Lessons from Recent History

Andreas Umland

Andreas Umland

Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation
Dr. Andreas Umland is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv and editor of the book series Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, published by Ibidem Press, Stuttgart, and distributed by Columbia University Press, New York. This article was first presented as a brief statement at the “Europe’s Strategic Choices” conference organized by Chatham House and the Kiel Institute for Security Policy in Berlin, December 7, 2017. A different version was published earlier by “Open Democracy—Russia.” It has been edited slightly here for style.
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BY ANDREAS UMLAND In 1991, the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union opened an unexpected window of opportunity for the creation of a comprehensive, cooperative, and stable European security and economic order. One of the reasons why this promising chance…

Dysfunction in U.S.-Russia Relations

Dysfunction in U.S.-Russia Relations

Matthew Rojansky

Matthew Rojansky

Director at Kennan Institute
Matthew Rojansky is Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.An expert on U.S. relations with the states of the former Soviet Union, especially Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, he has advised governments, intergovernmental organizations, and major private actors on conflict resolution and efforts to enhance shared security throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region.

Previously, Rojansky was Deputy Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.There, he founded Carnegie's Ukraine Program, led a multi-year project to support U.S.-Russia health cooperation, and created a track-two task force to promote resolution of the Moldova-Transnistria conflict.He also served as an Embassy Policy Specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, and as a Visiting Scholar in the Research Division at the NATO Defense College.

Rojansky previously served as Executive Director of the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA). Founded by former congressman Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and former senator Warren Rudman (R-NH) with a group of two dozen former senior leaders from both political parties, PSA seeks to rebuild bipartisan dialogue and productive debate on U.S. national security and foreign policy challenges.While at PSA, Rojansky orchestrated high-level bipartisan initiatives aimed at repairing the U.S.-Russian relationship, strengthening the U.S. commitment to nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, and leveraging global science engagement for diplomacy.

Rojansky is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and serves as U.S. Executive Secretary for the Dartmouth Conference, a track-two U.S.-Russian conflict resolution initiative begun in 1960. He has lectured at colleges and universities throughout the United States, Russia and Europe.

Rojansky is frequently interviewed on TV and radio, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
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BY MATTHEW ROJANSKY I am an American expert on Russia.  It is my job to pay close attention to the ups and downs of the U.S.-Russia relationship, with the goal of helping U.S. policymakers, the press, and the wider public…

A Closer Look at Russia’s Arctic Muscle Flexing

A Closer Look at Russia’s Arctic Muscle Flexing

Eduard Galimullin

Eduard Galimullin

Eduard Galimullin is a political analyst. He is a post-graduate student at the Institute of Social Sciences, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)
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BY EDUARD GALIMULLIN This article first appeared on Intersection As global oil prices stay low, as federal budgets tighten, and as prospective trade along the Northern Sea Route remains risky, why is Russia continuing to build up its military presence…

Threats to Iran Deal May Prompt Shifts in Global Alignments

Threats to Iran Deal May Prompt Shifts in Global Alignments

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Whatever the domestic logic behind U.S. president Donald Trump’s attempts to dismantle the Iran deal, his moves are bound to have major international repercussions. For the second time in recent months, the White House’s actions go against the grain of what has been achieved through careful balancing of the interests of other global players. Last August, to…

Russian Military Buildup in the West: Fact versus Fiction

Russian Military Buildup in the West: Fact versus Fiction

Michael Kofman

Michael Kofman

Global Fellow at Kennan Institute
Michael Kofman spent years managing professional military education programs and military to military engagements for senior officers at National Defense University.There he served as a subject matter expert and adviser to military and government officials on issues in Russia/Eurasia. He has represented the Department of Defense in a number of track one and track two efforts with Russia and Pakistan, along with strategic dialogues and conferences with experts in the field.His prior experience includes working at the U.S. Institute of Peace, HSBC Bank, and The Diplomatic Courier.He has published and co-authored articles on security issues in Russia, Central Asia and Eurasia, along with numerous analyses for the US government.Mr.Kofman holds a M.A. in International Security from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from Northeastern University.
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BY MICHAEL KOFMAN The article first appeared on the Russia Matters website. As Russia’s annual strategic exercise, titled Zapad-2017, approached, media reports (and plenty of Western officials) contended that Moscow was engaged in a military buildup along NATO’s borders, with…

U.S. Drives China and Russia Closer Together

U.S. Drives China and Russia Closer Together

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV What started as an illusory promise of rapprochement is now a bitterly acrimonious relationship. The United States and Russia are expelling each other’s diplomats by the hundreds, taking away diplomatic properties and closing down missions. Following the…