Dmitry Gorenburg
(RMR blog) Last summer, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia will continue to strengthen its forces around the Black Sea in order to “neutralize the security threat in the Black Sea region from NATO.” This rhetoric highlights the change in threat perceptions that has taken place...
PONARS Eurasia
(Forbes) On returning to Washington, he heard from both parties that for the first time in the history of the United States, an American president had been unwilling to defend the country from a hostile foreign power that had attacked it and that he had been faithless to his oath of office....
Pavel Baev
(EDM) The fruits of President Vladimir Putin’s “victory” at the meeting with President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, are turning increasingly bitter for Russia as initial dismay and angry responses in the United States have continued to coalesce into strong pushback (see EDM, July...
Sufian Zhemukhov
(RAD) The Kremlin does not have a consistent policy across the Russian regions regarding the election or appointment of governors. Despite allowing elections in most regions since 2012, the Kremlin has forced most North Caucasus regions to cancel direct elections, with the exception of Chechnya....
PONARS Eurasia
(Point & Counterpoint) Maria Lipman speaks with Evgeny Gontmacher about the political and socioeconomic implications of raising the retirement age. Gontmacher is the deputy director responsible for social policy projects and recommendations at Aleksei Kudrin’s Committee of Civil Initiatives. ...
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Point & Counterpoint is a new online forum that gives the floor to experts on and from Russia and its neighbors to share their insights into the most important developments concerning the region. This includes not only in-depth analysis, but also research-based debates and informed book reviews...
Brian Taylor
(The Conversation) After U.S. President Donald Trump’s unprecedented performance at a press conferencewith Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki Summit on July 16, Trump was criticized across the political spectrum for apparently siding with Putin rather than the U.S. intelligence community about Russian...

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