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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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 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…

Moscow Ponders Trump’s Fire and Fury

Moscow Ponders Trump’s Fire and Fury

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 As North Korea’s nuclear missile program advances, U.S. foreign policy making seems to have split dramatically into two non-congruent paths. A diplomatic effort aimed at getting the reclusive state to the negotiating table is contradicted by the…

Trump and Putin Are Selling Opposite Kinds of Greatness

Trump and Putin Are Selling Opposite Kinds of Greatness

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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 While Russia is a major presence on American television networks, Russia’s own media treatment of current U.S. politics is now a pale shadow of what it used to be only a few months ago. The daily reports…

Moscow’s Status Anxiety

Moscow’s Status Anxiety

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 In my secondary school years in the late 1980s, “Deployment of New Missiles in Europe Must Stop,” “Moscow Pulls Out of the U.S. Olympics,” and “Reagan’s Great Lie in the Sky” were the kinds of news stories…

The Belarusian-Russian Soap Opera Continues

The Belarusian-Russian Soap Opera Continues

Anton Barbashin

Anton Barbashin

Anton Barbashin is a Managing Editor with Intersection online magazine, fellow with Center for Postindustrial Studies (Moscow), political scientist, graduate of Novosibirsk State University of Economics and Management
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Seeming frenemies: Why Belarusian-Russian relations remain more predictable than they appear BY ANTON BARBASHIN For the last several months we have been watching yet another episode of the Russian-Belarusian drama. For a couple of months in a row it seemed…

The Middle East after Trump’s Syria Strike: Shifts, Expectations, and Uncertainty

The Middle East after Trump’s Syria Strike: Shifts, Expectations, and Uncertainty

Yuri Teper

Yuri Teper

Dr. Yuri Teper is an ISF postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Political Science in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he pursues a research on the formation of local identities in ethno-Russian regions of the Russian Federation and their affect on the all-Russian politics. In 2014\2015 Yuri was a visiting scholar at Department of Russian and East-European Studies at School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester, UK. His PhD dissertation was titled "Nationalism and Political Culture in Symbols and Myths in Putin’s Russia: 1999-2010". Yuri specializes in the issues of Russian nationalism and nation-building, ethnic conflicts, political mobilization, the Russian political system and its effects on Russia's foreign policy.
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BY YURI TEPER Kind words and noble aspirations are keenly appreciated in the Middle East, but in a region where compromise is mostly seen as a sign of weakness and not of goodwill, only might is truly respected. Therefore, the…

Two Domestic-Driven Foreign Policies on a Collision Course

Two Domestic-Driven Foreign Policies on a Collision Course

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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 Tomahawk missiles fired late Thursday by the U.S. Navy at a Syrian airbase have put an end  to the entire setup of the Russian-American relations of the Obama years. The U.S. has effectively turned the page on…

Our Man in Washington

Our Man in Washington

Andrey Babitskiy

Andrey Babitskiy

Andrey Babitskiy, an independent journalist, columnist at Vedomosti Daily and contributor to the opinion platform InLiberty, has been covering Russian economy, politics and the country's tech industry for the past 10 years. He has served as deputy editor-in-chief at Esquire magazine and headed opinion pages at Forbes Russia.
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BY ANDREY BABITSKIY There is a fashionable line of thought that has Russia pulling the strings in major democracies on both sides of the Atlantic. FBI director James Comey recently confirmed an ongoing investigation into Russian alleged interference in the…

Crimea As a Glimpse into a Post-American World

Crimea As a Glimpse into a Post-American World

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 TROBOLYUBOV One explanation for Russia’s president Vladimir Putin’s momentous decision, three years ago, to go into Ukraine and annex Crimea is that he sensed an opening. (March 18, 2014, is the date officially considered the day of admission…