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Russia’s Moving Targets

Dec 15, 2015
No one will judge Putin domestically for aiming at Homs instead of Raqqa, or for sending the ruble down 60 percent instead of 20 percent—as long as his regime is in place.

Will NATO-Russia Tensions Rise after Montenegro Invitation?

Dec 08, 2015
The collective decision of the NATO Alliance on Wednesday to extend an invitation to Montenegro to begin accession talks toward NATO membership represents formal recognition of Montenegro’s accomplishments in fulfilling a range of demanding reforms and requirements for membership over the past decade. Montenegro’s membership in the Alliance is not about attempting to provoke Russia or to counter or undermine Russia’s interests. Although the “historic” decision comes at a time of high tension for the NATO-Russia relationship, the invitation results from the culmination of a process that was initiated long before the crisis in Ukraine, tensions over Syria and NATO member Turkey’s downing of the Russian aircraft.

“Solzhenitsyn: The Untranslated Oeuvre”

Dec 04, 2015
The Kennan Institute launched the Solzhenitsyn Initiative in 2014 to translate major works by Nobel Laureate Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2007) for the first time into English. Solzhenitsyn, best known in the West as the author of The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, wrote a number of other books, including a history of the Russian Revolution and his autobiography of his years in exile in the United States, that have been translated into other languages, but not into English.

With Russia, Belligerence Is Easy, Peacemaking Is Tough

Nov 30, 2015
"As long as Russia’s appetite for military force has been growing, Russia’s ability to use soft power, never large in the first place, has been diminishing," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

An Unnecessary Crisis

Nov 28, 2015
Henri Barkey gives some possible reasons behind this week’s high-stakes standoff between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin.

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane Near Syria

Nov 24, 2015
Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey comments on Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet, calling it a “dangerous escalation.”

Why the U.S. Should Be Paying Attention to Russia’s Latest Strikes in Syria

Nov 19, 2015
"It seems Russian bombers are back, and this time not for show, but to demonstrate the capability to conduct long-range precision strikes," writes Michael Kofman.

Does Paris Open a Door for Putin?

Nov 19, 2015
The events in Paris may provide an opening for President Vladimir Putin to overcome Russia’s international pariah status, but much will depend on how Europe and the United States respond to his overtures.

The Beginning of the End of Russia’s Estrangement from the West

Nov 17, 2015
But during the Sunday meetings of the G-20 group of nations that took place in Turkey immediately after the Paris attacks, Putin went from a pariah to a fully engaged player.

Four Illusions About Syria That the U.S. Has to Abandon

Nov 13, 2015
"When it comes to the Middle East, giving up illusions is mandatory. As Secretary of State John Kerry prepares for another round of talks with Russia, Iran, and Europeans on Syria’s future, here are several illusions the Obama administration must abandon," writes Aaron David Miller.

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