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Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2212
Bulletins - May 7, 2018
 

New U.S. sanctions target Russian elites;
The slow death of Russia's rural schools

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2211
Bulletins - May 4, 2018
 

The Russian threat to undersea cables;
Revealed: Russia's strategy to destabilize Ukraine

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2210
Bulletins - May 1, 2018
 

A step forward for Nord Stream 2;
Warming ties between Moscow and Doha

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2209
Bulletins - April 26, 2018
 

Fresh worries over Russian cyberwarfare;
New revelations about Moscow-Tehran ties

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2208
Bulletins - April 24, 2018
 

Pentagon ponders how to nullify Russia's nuclear strategy;
The Kremlin's quiet aid to the Taliban

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2207
Bulletins - April 23, 2018
 

Russia's cyberwar against the U.S.;
A tit-for-tat on the sanctions front

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2206
Bulletins - April 12, 2018
 

A new Kremlin counterterrorism sweep;
New details in Skripal case point to Russia

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2205
Bulletins - April 11, 2018
 

The cost of the Kremlin's political meddling in Europe;
Back to official anti-Semitism

 
New Sanctions Rightly Tighten The Noose On Russia
Articles - April 9, 2018
 

The new cold war between Moscow and Washington just got a little bit colder.

On Friday, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a
new round of economic sanctions against 38 separate Russian personalities and businesses. The measure represents a major escalation of pressure against the Kremlin, because it singles out a number of key stakeholders as a way of ratcheting up the costs to Russia's leadership of their country's increasingly hostile international behavior.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2204
Bulletins - April 9, 2018
 

Skripal scandal deepens;
Fudging the numbers on Russian mortality

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2203
Bulletins - April 5, 2018
 

Greater NATO resolve needed;
Another poisoning in London

 
In AI, Russia Is Hustling To Catch Up
Articles - April 4, 2018
 

When Vladimir Putin said last fall that artificial intelligence is "humanity's future" and that the country that masters it will "get to rule the world," some observers guessed that the Russian president was hinting at unrevealed progress and breakthroughs in the field. But a glance at publicly available statistics indicates otherwise. Russia's annual domestic investment in AI is probably around 700 million rubles ($12.5 million) - a paltry sum next to the billions being spent by American and Chinese companies. Even if private-sector investment rises as expected to 28 billion rubles ($500 million) by 2020, that will still be just a fraction of the global total.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2202
Bulletins - April 3, 2018
 

An energy war against Ukraine;
Russia's costly Syria campaign

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2201
Bulletins - April 2, 2018
 

In Syria, Russia is both "arsonist and firefighter";
A new arms race with Russia?

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2200
Bulletins - March 30, 2018
 

Hacking Pyongchang;
How Russia is helping America's arms industry

 
Russia Wants to Build a Whole City for Developing Weapons
Articles - March 29, 2018
 

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union organized its vast academic and industrial resources to achieve scientific and industrial breakthroughs for the nation’s military forces. Locked in the global struggle against Washington’s massive military-industrial complex, Moscow needed its best and brightest citizens working on a vast array of technologies and principles to match and potentially “overtake” its rival.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2199
Bulletins - March 29, 2018
 

Russian doping, again;
The cost of U.S.-Russian friction

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2198
Bulletins - March 28, 2018
 

Russia's proxy fight in Syria;
Sobchak's electoral shenanigans

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2197
Bulletins - March 19, 2018
 

Navalny senses a cover-up;
Who's in charge in Syria?

 
What Moscow Thinks About When It Thinks About War Robots
Articles - March 17, 2018
 

Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu made a significant announcement in mid-March 2018 at a domestic technology forum. "The serial production of combat robots for the Russian armed forces may start already this year," he stated.

Shoigu also implied, in response a question about whether remote-controlled unmanned systems would be utilized in the future, that the concept of a combat unmanned system remotely operated by a human has already been implemented in the Russian armed forces.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2196
Bulletins - March 15, 2018
 

New moves in the Middle East;
Another regional governor faces the music

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2195
Bulletins - March 12, 2018
 

Russia's troublesome Taliban ties;
A new focus on nuclear competition

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No 2194
Bulletins - March 9, 2018
 

Moldova moves against Russian disinformation;
No love for the new NPR

 
The Russian Military Wants Students to Design Its New Underwater Drone
Articles - March 7, 2018
 

In recent years, Russian Federation borrowed one great idea from the United States — creating a federally funded center for breakthrough and innovating technologies. The Foundation of Advanced Studies — basically the Russian DARPA — launched in 2013.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2193
Bulletins - March 2, 2018
 

Sobchak's abortive Chechnya campaign;
Israel seeks Russia's help in Syria

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2192
Bulletins - February 28, 2018
 

Moscow takes Tehran's side;
Preparing a "tough" response to new protests

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2191
Bulletins - February 27, 2018
 

The "Putin Team" gathers steam;
Russia courts nuclear clients in the Americas

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2190
Bulletins - February 27, 2018
 

The "Putin Team" gathers steam;
Russia courts nuclear clients in the Americas

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2188
Bulletins - February 16, 2018
 

Navalny appeal denied;
Planning for war with the West

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2187
Bulletins - February 15, 2018
 

How Russia hides the true cost of its foreign wars;
An expanding footprint in the Arctic

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2186
Bulletins - February 2, 2018
 

Russia in the Middle East: there to stay;
Belated recognition for Jewish veterans

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2185
Bulletins - January 26, 2018
 

Whitewashing Stalin's purges;
Soviet nostalgia rears its head anew

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2184
Bulletins - January 25, 2018
 

Russia digs in in Syria;
Expanding the definition of "foreign agent"

 
Russia Is Poised To Surprise The US In Battlefield Robotics
Articles - January 25, 2018
 

No one would call Russia's government and budgetary bureaucracy particularly nimble, nor its defense industry particularly advanced. Certainly, it trails Western economies in such key areas as communication equipment, microelectronics, high-tech control systems, and other key technologies. But in certain aspects of the field of unmanned military systems, Russia may be inching ahead of its competition in designing and testing a wide variety of systems and conceptualizing their future use.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2183
Bulletins - January 18, 2018
 

The Russian threat to NATO connectivity;
In post-conflict Syria, the advantage goes to Russia

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2182
Bulletins - January 16, 2018
 

The Kremlin takes aim at Khodokovsky's political legacy;
NATO seeks to deter Russia in cyberspace

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No 2181
Bulletins - January 9, 2018
 

Nationalist activism on the rise;
Is Russia really eyeing the exits in Syria?

 
Trump's foreign policy pattern is all bark and no bite
Articles - January 8, 2018
 

Recent foreign policy moves by the Trump administration disclose a pattern of thought and action that merits being seen in its totality. Towards the end of 2017 the administration released a vigorous national security strategy that not only labeled China and Russia as adversaries but also “took no prisoners” in asserting that the U.S. would act vigorously against challenges.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2179
Bulletins - January 2, 2018
 

No more foreign eyes on Russia's legislature;
Russia banned from 2018 Games

 
Expect 2018 to be a year of living dangerously as global tensions rise
Articles - January 2, 2018
 

Anyone hoping to leave the turbulence of 2017 in the past will be in for a rude awakening. While we can’t know for certain what will unfold in the year to come, observable trends in several countries, including the U.S., give us a glimpse of what to expect in 2018.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2178
Bulletins - December 27, 2017
 

Fear and loathing (of the West) in Moscow;
The Kremlin courts Cairo for military basing

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2177
Bulletins - December 26, 2017
 

Ulyukayev in the dock;
A separate internet for the BRICS?

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2176
Bulletins - December 20, 2017
 

Russia's Ukrainian war machine;
Disinformation targets trust in British public health

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2175
Bulletins - December 18, 2017
 

Russia plans Arctic energy monopoly;
A peace process for Syria?

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2174
Bulletins - December 14, 2017
 

A nuclear accident after all, perhaps;
The Kremlin gears up for war with Google

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2173
Bulletins - December 12, 2017
 

Russia's Olympic dreams in peril;
Shilling for Syria at the UN

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2172
Bulletins - December 11, 2017
 

Deepening tensions over RT designation;
A lucrative Mideast arms market


 
If the US does not act, the Caucasus will be under Russian control
Articles - December 11, 2017
 

Since the Black Sea and its littorals have become contested zones between Russia and the West, it behooves us to think cogently about U.S. interests in the equally important Caucasus and how to defend them. Our vital interests are the same as the 1990s, even taking into account major changes in the regional and global strategic environment. We want these states to remain independent, enjoy real sovereignty within their treaty-defined borders, remain at peace with each other and be open to international economic markets.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2171
Bulletins - December 7, 2017
 

A new nuclear disaster?;
Ceding the initiative on Syria

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2170
Bulletins - December 6, 2017
 

Those other "foreign fighters";
The secret of Putin's success: Russia's "genetic code"