Tag: RUSSIA

  • Are We Blaming Others for America’s Self-Generated Problems?

    It seems that the number of American fingers pointing abroad to explain developments at home is large and growing.  For many, Trump’s 2016 presidential victory was the product of Russian thumbs on our electoral scales.  Others blame job losses in the US heartland on predatory Chinese mercantilism and unfair labor practices.  Even the COVID-19 pandemic

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  • Are China and Russia Outpacing the United States in Military Technology?

    The United States is increasingly facing a technology-driven arms race with China and Russia, in which Beijing and Moscow are each developing new technologies—and tactics—to compete with a still-dominant U.S. military force. This raises a variety of important questions. To what extent are China and Russia succeeding in developing new military technologies? Have China’s or

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  • Watching the Watchers: The State of America’s Community of Russia Experts

    America’s success in dealing with Moscow depends to a great degree on our ability to understand Russia in all its complexities.  Yet the striking number of times that Washington has been surprised by Russian behavior over the past few decades suggests that American experts are struggling in this endeavor.  What is the state of our

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  • A New Technological Cold War?

    Technology has emerged as a central front in competition among the United States and its two principal geopolitical rivals, China and Russia. From 5G communications to artificial intelligence, quantum computing, autonomous weapons, and clean energy, new and emerging technologies can provide considerable strategic and economic opportunities while reshaping societies and relations among states. In an effort to

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  • Unrest in Belarus and Russia’s Response

    Protests across Belarus continue unabated in response to the country’s August 9 presidential election. Will Russia be part of the problem or part of the solution in Belarus? John Herbst, director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council and a former US ambassador to Ukraine, posits that Russia is likely to be a big

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