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…

Russia’s Perspective on the Qatar-Gulf Rift

Russia’s Perspective on the Qatar-Gulf Rift

Rahim Rahimov
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Rahim Rahimov

Rahim Rahimov is an independent political analyst focusing on Russia and post-soviet space with interests in conflicts, foreign policies and economic and political integration projects. Rahim is also a contributing analyst for The Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor. He holds an MA in International Relations from Hult International Business School in London, UK and a BA from the Baku State University, Azerbaijan. He speaks English, Russian, Arabic, Turkish and Azerbaijani. On Twitter as @r_rahimov.
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BY RAHIM RAHIMOV Regardless of the outcome of the Qatar–Gulf states rift, it represents a shot across Qatar’s bow. Therefore, Doha will seek to diversify its partnerships away from its traditional partners, who let Qatar down. In that context, Russia…

Moscow’s Status Anxiety

Moscow’s Status Anxiety

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 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 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

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 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…

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…

Russia’s Security Dilemma: To Fight the Islamic State in Syria or Not?

Russia’s Security Dilemma: To Fight the Islamic State in Syria or Not?

Rahim Rahimov
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Rahim Rahimov

Rahim Rahimov is an independent political analyst focusing on Russia and post-soviet space with interests in conflicts, foreign policies and economic and political integration projects. Rahim is also a contributing analyst for The Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor. He holds an MA in International Relations from Hult International Business School in London, UK and a BA from the Baku State University, Azerbaijan. He speaks English, Russian, Arabic, Turkish and Azerbaijani. On Twitter as @r_rahimov.
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BY RAHIM RAHIMOV Armed incidents, the number of victims of violence, and the death toll connected with extremism have risen in Russia’s troubled republic of Chechnya in 2016 compared to 2015. And 2017 started with a large counterterrorism operation by…

Why Russia and Turkey Are Drifting Closer to Each Other

Why Russia and Turkey Are Drifting Closer to Each Other

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 Something big and important must be at the heart of a relationship in which both sides are able to overcome the pain they repeatedly inflict on each other. Russia and Turkey, historically adversaries and newly active allies,…

Is Peace Prevailing after Astana?

Is Peace Prevailing after Astana?

Leonid Isaev

Leonid Isaev

Senior Lecturer at Department for Political Science of the National Research University Higher School of Economics
Senior Lecturer, Department for Political Science of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Deputy Head of the Laboratory for Sociopolitical Destabilization Risks Monitoring, senior fellow at the Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies, Institute of African Studies. Member of the Scientific Council of the Russian Political Science Association (RPMA).
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BY LEONID ISAEV This piece first appeared at Intersection. The Syrian regime, along with representatives of several rebel groups, resumed negotiations over the settlement of the Syrian conflict in Kazakhstan’s capital on January 23–24, after a break of over six…

Time of Uncertainty: How the EU and Germany See Today’s Russia

Time of Uncertainty: How the EU and Germany See Today’s Russia

Olga Gulina

Olga Gulina

Dr. Olga R. Gulina is the Founder & CEO of the RUSMPI – Institute on Migration Policy. She holds PhD in Migration Law (2010, University of Potsdam, Germany), PhD in Constitutional Law (2002, Bashkir State University, Russia), Certificate of Advanced Studies in Human Rights Law (2005, Helsinki Human Rights Foundation, Poland), and Diploma in Law (Law Institute of Bashkir State University, Russia, 1999).
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BY OLGA R. GULINA Perception of Russia in the EU and German foreign policy concepts The architecture of the EU’s foreign policy relations and domestic agenda of its member states have been undergoing some serious changes. The European system of…