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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures warmly to the local residents of Simferopol, Crimea, Monday, March 18, 2019.

Yuri Kadobnov (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - Russia Matters

Key to Putin’s Passport Offers to Ukrainians? Russia’s Shrinking Labor Force

| Apr. 30, 2019

While Putin’s hopes of integrating Ukraine into the Eurasian Economic Union were dashed by the 2014 revolution, the Russian leadership has refused to yield in its battle with the EU over Ukraine’s shrinking labor force, Simon Saradzhyan writes. 

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un stands at attention as the Russian national anthem play in Vladivostok, Russia, April 26, 2019.

Alexander Khitrov (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - Russia Matters

With North Korea, Russia Knows It Can Only Play Second Fiddle to China and US

| Apr. 25, 2019

While Putin has demonstrated that he can play a weak hand extremely well in some corners of the world, that is not the case on the Korean peninsula. There China holds the largest stock of carrots and the U.S. probably wields the biggest arsenal of sticks.

Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day Parade in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

Alexander Zemlianichenko (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - Russia Matters

5 Years Since Russia's Intervention in Ukraine: Has Putin's Gamble Paid Off?

| Apr. 14, 2019

When Russia launched its intervention in Ukraine, some inside and outside the country wagered that the costs imposed by the West would be as fleeting as after Russia's intervention in Georgia. If Putin made such a calculation too when sending in troops, he’s lost that bet.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media after the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 1, 2018.

Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Analysis & Opinions - Russia Matters

Putin’s Remarks on Use of Nuclear Weapons Are Confusing, But Unlikely to Constitute a Shift in Nuclear Posture

| Nov. 28, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s eschatological talk of nuclear Armageddon at this year’s Valdai forum has stirred up heated debates on how well his description of Russia’s potential use of nuclear weapons matches the country’s official military doctrine. However, a close look at Putin’s Oct. 18 remarks and Russia’s 2014 military doctrine reveals that, while Putin deviated from the language in the doctrine, he did not lie on the first use issue. Nor did he seem to be hinting at a shift in Russia’s nuclear posture. More likely, he was signaling to Washington that the existing nuclear arms control treaties need to remain in place for the sake of ensuring strategic stability in the U.S.-Russian nuclear dyad and avoiding an accidental war between the two countries.

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The U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Newsletter: June - November 2018

| Nov. 21, 2018
  • Graham Allison on likelihood of another 9/11 and need to deny terrorists nuclear weapons.
  • Bunn and Roth on regaining nuclear security momentum.
  • New books on lessons of U.S.-Russian non-proliferation cooperation and on preventing illicit nuclear trade.
  • Study: Congress needs to play a more active role in nuclear security.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference following a summit on Syria, in Istanbul on October 27, 2018.

AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

Analysis & Opinions - Russia Matters

When Does Vladimir Putin’s Russia Send In Troops?

| Aug. 07, 2018

This month marks the tenth anniversary of Vladimir Putin’s first military intervention abroad, in Georgia. Since then there have been two more, continuing to this day, in Ukraine and Syria in 2014 and 2015, respectively. And still it’s worth asking: When does Putin authorize the use of military force, overtly or covertly, against other countries and why?

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during his news conference after the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province,  June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Is Vladimir Putin’s Russia in Decline? We Figured Out How to Measure ‘National Power.’

| June 20, 2018

Where does Russia stand as Vladimir Putin embarks on another six-year term as president? Analysts have been trying to figure out whether Russia has been rising, declining or stagnating since Putin ascended to power in 1999.

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The U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Newsletter: March - May 2018

  • U.S. and Russian experts ponder denuclearization of Korean Peninsula.
  • Graham Allison on changing the odds of nuclear terrorism.
  • William Tobey on insights on UNSCR 1540.
  • Siegfried Hecker calls for revival of U.S.-Russian nuclear cooperation.