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      Brookings experts’ Russia reading list
      Mar14

      Brookings experts’ Russia reading list

      By Paul Gadalla, Fred DewsRussia is center stage in word affairs thanks in part to its military presence in Syria and its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But now, Russians are preparing to head to the ballot box on March 18 to cast their votes in a presidential election. The outcome—Vladimir Putin’s re-election as...

      Putin’s next act
      Mar13

      Putin’s next act

      Vladimir Putin’s third term as Russia’s president was defined by a return to aggressive foreign policy, including military interventions in Ukraine and Syria, interference in elections in the United States and Europe, and a crackdown on domestic dissent. But as Russia’s economic model and political system seems increasingly...

      Ukraine four years after the Maidan
      Mar06

      Ukraine four years after the Maidan

      By Steven PiferIn late February 2014, following three months of demonstrations on Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), then-President Victor Yanukovych fled the Ukrainian capital on a tortuous path that ultimately took him to Russia. On February 22, 2014, Ukraine’s parliament appointed an acting president and acting...

      Putin’s true victory in Syria isn’t over ISIS
      Mar06

      Putin’s true victory in Syria isn’t over ISIS

      By Alina PolyakovaIn December, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed victory over the Islamic State in Syria. This, of course, was the objective the Kremlin announced in 2015, when Russia first intervened in the country. Yet from the outset, the Russian air campaign primarily hit non-ISIS targets. It soon became clear that Putin’s chief...

      Brookings experts on Trump’s National Security Strategy
      Dec25

      Brookings experts on Trump’s National Security Strategy

      By Suzanne MaloneyOn December 18, 2017, the Trump administration released its first National Security Strategy (NSS). The NSS is a congressionally-mandated document (dating to the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act) that outlines an administration’s appraisal of U.S. national security interests, the global security environment, challenges to U.S....

      Arms control, security cooperation, and U.S.-Russian relations
      Dec01

      Arms control, security cooperation, and U.S.-Russian relations

      By Steven PiferFor nearly 50 years, arms control agreements have contributed to more stable and predictable relations between Washington and Moscow. Beginning in the late 1980s, agreements such as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty followed by the first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) went beyond mere limitations to...

      Mr. Putin: Turning neighbor into adversary
      Nov02

      Mr. Putin: Turning neighbor into adversary

      By Steven PiferRussian policy toward Ukraine is often puzzling. During a visit to Moscow nine years ago, I asked a retired senior Russian diplomat whether anyone in the Kremlin really understood Ukraine. One person did, he replied, but no one paid attention to him. That might explain why Vladimir Putin’s policy is so badly backfiring....

      Alina Polyakova
      Nov01

      Alina Polyakova

      By Rachel SlatteryAlina Polyakova is the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Foreign Policy program’s Center on the United States and Europe. She specializes in European politics, far-right populism and nationalism, and Russian foreign policy. Polyakova’s recent book, “The Dark Side of European Integration” (ibidem-Verlag and Columbia...

      How Ukraine views Russia and the West
      Oct19

      How Ukraine views Russia and the West

      By Steven PiferFollowing the Soviet Union’s collapse, Ukraine and Russia maintained relations that at times were testy, but their differences largely appeared manageable. That changed in 2014, when the Kremlin used military force to seize Crimea and then supported armed separatism in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas. As a result,...

      Putin’s Counterrevolution
      Aug26

      Putin’s Counterrevolution

      By Sergey AleksashenkoHow Putin’s autocracy undercut Russia’s economy and chances for democracy During his nearly twenty years at the center of Russian political power, Vladimir Putin has transformed the vast country in many ways, not all of them for the better. The near-chaos of the early post-Soviet years has been replaced by an...

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