Tag: RUSSIA

  • Escalating Tensions in Ukraine

    Tensions are rising ominously in eastern Ukraine.  Fighting has surged along the line of contact between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists.  Kyiv has cracked down internally on perceived Russian-sympathizers.  Russia has moved thousands of troops near the border with Ukraine, prompting Kyiv to turn to NATO with calls for support.  Many are painting the

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  • How Should Biden Deal with Russia?: A Debate

    In its forthcoming issue, the National Interest features a cover story with dueling perspectives from John E. Herbst and Dimitri K. Simes about future American relations with Russia. On February 25, 2021, the Center hosted a debate between Herbst and Simes over their competing perspectives on the future of US-Russian relations. Melinda Haring (deputy director

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  • Russian Protests and American Interests

    The Kremlin’s struggle with opposition leader Aleksey Navalny – poisoned last summer, then arrested following his dramatic recovery and return to Russia – is threatening to put the Russian government on a collision course with a reinvigorated protest movement at home and with the United States abroad.  What is driving Putin’s actions toward Navalny?  How

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  • 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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