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Section: Brookings (USA)

      Pay attention, America: Russia is upgrading its military
      Feb06

      Pay attention, America: Russia is upgrading its military

      Russia is in the midst of a major modernization of its armed forces. This has been driven by Vladimir Putin’s ambition to restore Russia’s hard power and supported by the revenues that flowed into the Kremlin’s coffers between 2004 and 2014, when the price of oil was high. The modernization programs encompass all parts of the...

      New START turns five
      Feb04

      New START turns five

      Little is going well in U.S.-Russia relations right now. Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, major differences over Syria, and the more bellicose tone coming out of the Kremlin have helped drag the bilateral relationship to its lowest point since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. A bright spot One of the few bright spots is...

      Mr. Lavrov, Russia, and the Budapest Memorandum
      Jan28

      Mr. Lavrov, Russia, and the Budapest Memorandum

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave a lengthy press conference on January 26, in which he reflected on the performance of Russian diplomacy in 2015. Among a number of issues, he addressed Moscow’s obligations under the December 1994 Budapest Memorandum on security assurances for Ukraine. Mr. Lavrov was asked how, given...

      Ukraine’s challenges for 2016
      Jan11

      Ukraine’s challenges for 2016

      Ukraine faces another difficult year as it grapples with two daunting challenges: Russia’s continuing effort to use the unsettled conflict in the Donbas to destabilize Kiev, and the need to implement critical economic reforms. In order to put the country on a path to becoming a successful European state, Ukraine’s leadership has to...

      Unfriended: How Russia’s Syria quagmire is costing it Middle Eastern allies
      Jan07

      Unfriended: How Russia’s Syria quagmire is costing it Middle Eastern allies

      At a time when most Russians were taking a long break from politics until after the Orthodox Christmas on January 7, there has been no respite in Russia’s air operations in Syria, nor in the quarrel with Turkey. Rather than focus on the bread-and-butter issues of making ends meet, Russian policymakers seem to be instead preparing their next...

      New year, new leaf? What to watch in Turkey in 2016
      Jan04

      New year, new leaf? What to watch in Turkey in 2016

      The Turkey of a decade ago was at a very different crossroads. That Turkey had met the European Union’s “Copenhagen political criteria,” a set of democracy- and governance-related requirements that EU candidates had to meet, and had started accession negotiations. That Turkey’s economy was just beginning to take off. For the first...

      The danger of Russian and Turkish competitive machismo in Syria
      Dec01

      The danger of Russian and Turkish competitive machismo in Syria

      The downing of a Russian jet by Turkish fighters has brought the dangers posed by Moscow’s intervention in Syria into sharp relief. While the Russian and Turkish Presidents trade insults and display their competitive machismo, the world faces the prospect of a military crisis between Russia and NATO. Although we do not yet know what...

      Clash of the Titans brings down a Russian jet
      Nov25

      Clash of the Titans brings down a Russian jet

      Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet on the Syrian border on Wednesday has sparked a debate over whether this incident could lead to a full-fledged military confrontation between the two countries. The close economic interdependence that bolsters the current Turkish-Russian relationship would seem an incentive for both sides to keep the...

      Russia’s perhaps-not-real super torpedo
      Nov18

      Russia’s perhaps-not-real super torpedo

      On November 10, a Russian television broadcast of a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and some of his senior military officers revealed a “secret” plan for a long-range, nuclear-armed torpedo called Status-6. The broadcast on state-run Channel One showed a diagram of the torpedo, filmed over the shoulder of a Russian officer. According to...

      What is the Russian military good for?
      Nov04

      What is the Russian military good for?

      The Russian military intervention in Syria—launched in a great rush just over a month ago—came as a surprise; perhaps not as shocking as the swift occupation and annexation of Crimea, but a surprise nevertheless. But does Russia’s ability to surprise and to project force in Syria prove, as Garret Campbell claims, that Western attempts “to...