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Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2079
Bulletins - July 28, 2016

Russia's secret space base;
Tightening the counterterrorism noose

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2078
Bulletins - July 20, 2016

Russia's growing soft power clout;
Putin's political bank, on the skids

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2077
Bulletins - July 15, 2016

The human cost of the Crimean takeover;
An exodus of intellectual capital

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2076
Bulletins - July 14, 2016

Russia's bridge to nowhere;
Playing fast and loose with New START

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2075
Bulletins - July 6, 2016

Russia's secret nuclear city;
New bases... and military mobilization


Ukraine's New Guard
Articles - July 6, 2016

You could say that Serhiy Kvit is a man on a mission. The soft-spoken 50-year-old former journalist may no longer be Ukraine's minister of education and science, having stepped down from that post back in April as part of a governmental reshuffle that accompanied the resignation of controversial Prime Minister Arsenii Yatsenyuk. But he nonetheless remains at the forefront of the fight for the intellectual future of his country. 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2074
Bulletins - July 5, 2016

How Russians see the world;
An escalation in Syria?

China Reform Monitor - No. 1228
Bulletins - July 5, 2016

South Korean and Chinese fishermen clash;
Russia: no S-400s to China before 2018

Beware Russians Bearing Gifts
Articles - June 28, 2016

Slowly but surely, a strategic reorientation is underway in Israel. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a high-profile state visit to Russia. The trip, Netanyahu's fourth in the past year, was a public sign of the rapidly expanding ties between Jerusalem and Moscow. 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2073
Bulletins - June 23, 2016

Europe goes wobbly on sanctions against Russia;
Moscow eyes the Baltics

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2072
Bulletins - June 17, 2016

Freedom for Savchenko;
The Kremlin's plan to control the Russian internet

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2071
Bulletins - June 14, 2016

Moscow seeks a stake in internet governance;
New penalties for insulting the national anthem

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2070
Bulletins - June 13, 2016

What Russia learned in Syria;
Russia's schools get militarized

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2069
Bulletins - June 10, 2016

Russia's response to missile defense: missile trains;
Moscow stonewalls on Yanukovych accountability




Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2068
Bulletins - June 7, 2016

Fear and loathing (of missile defense) in Moscow;
A new Russian foothold in Syria

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2067
Bulletins - June 6, 2016

Russian elites: increasingly anti-American and statist;
How Russia rigged the Sochi Games

Defense Technology Monitor - No. 4
Bulletins - June 3, 2016

Penetrating the Pentagon's network;
Protecting power grids through fingerprinting;
Part man, part machine?;
How to down drones;
The Pentagon focuses on cyber-hardening

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2066
Bulletins - June 2, 2016

Russia's religious duty;
A breakthrough on the Kurils?

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2065
Bulletins - June 1, 2016

The great Far East land giveaway;
Legal troubles for Putin's cronies

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2064
Bulletins - May 31, 2016

Russia's uncivil protests;
The Nordic states game NATO membership


Iran Democracy Monitor - No.165
Bulletins - May 26, 2016

Some advice from the IMF;
Tehran bucks the OPEC trend;
Iran, India tightens ties...; Tehran looks east;
The SCO sizes up the Islamic Republic

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2063
Bulletins - May 23, 2016

Russia's controversial new human rights chief;
A shift in U.S. sanctions policy? 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2062
Bulletins - May 18, 2016

The National Guard, ascendant;
South Ossetia: the next Crimea? 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2061
Bulletins - May 17, 2016

Russia's population gets poorer;
The U.S. Army makes Russia a priority

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2060
Bulletins - May 10, 2016

Military tensions in the Baltic Sea;
How Russia leverages proxies in its foreign policy

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2059
Bulletins - May 9, 2016

Russia's incredible shrinking military modernization;
The National Guard: more than national

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2058
Bulletins - May 6, 2016

Putin's new praetorian guard;
Ceding the Russian Far East

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2057
Bulletins - April 28, 2016

The unnoticed Ukrainian migrant crisis;
Putin's finances: do as I say, not as I do

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2056
Bulletins - April 25, 2016

Paranoia in the Kremlin as elections approach;
Russia's sly nuclear build-up

Closing The Archives: What Russia's Renewed Secrecy Says About Putin
Articles - April 24, 2016

It is widely known that Russia has a difficult relationship with its past. In the quarter-century since the collapse of the Soviet Union, successive governments in Moscow have been conspicuously consistent in skirting serious questions about the repressive nature of the now-defunct Soviet state and minimizing the shadow that it continues to cast over the Kremlin. 

Putin Consolidates Domestic Power
Articles - April 20, 2016

Largely unnoticed by the West, Vladimir Putin has just launched a radical overhaul of power in Russia. On April 5th, the Russian President formally announced the creation of a new National Guard intended to serve as an umbrella organization and coordinating body for the country's numerous "force ministries." 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2055
Bulletins - April 19, 2016

Kadyrov gets a stay of political execution;
The dollars and cents of Russia's Syria intervention

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 163
Bulletins - April 18, 2016

Green movement leader still languishes;
The JCPOA's energy dividend;
Europe becomes the Islamic Republic's lobbyist;
Iran sets its sights on India;
An Iranian General in Moscow

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2054
Bulletins - April 16, 2016

Duma backpedals on press restrictions;
Militarizing the Kurils

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2053
Bulletins - April 12, 2016

Crimea languishes under Russian rule;
Savchenko trial heads toward predetermined outcome

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2052
Bulletins - April 7, 2016

Russia withdraws from Syria... somewhat;
The Obama administration holds the sanctions line

Russia's Cease-Fire Fiction
Articles - April 5, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin's March 14 announcement of a partial withdrawal of forces from Syria predictably surprised the Obama administration, which is habitually surprised by the current occupant of the Kremlin. In doing so, it became part of a larger pattern. Recent Russian-American ties demonstrate all too clearly that President Barack Obama still fails to grasp what it is, exactly, that Russia wants - and why it is successfully achieving these objectives despite the country's growing domestic crises.

Strategic Primer - Cybersecurity
Policy Papers - April 1, 2016

The goal of the new Strategic Primer initiative is to provide a concise, comprehensive overview of specific defense technology issues presented in a clear, direct, and graphical manner that serves as an accessible reference to policymakers. Volume 2 of the series focuses on Cybersecurity.

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2051
Bulletins - March 31, 2016

Former separatist fighter spills the beans;
Goodbye to the UN (in Russia)

Cyber Threats in the Space Domain
Policy Papers - March 31, 2016

The ability to access and exploit space has long been woven into the fabric of American national power. It is a critical component of global political leadership, the economy, and military power. Unfortunately, those pillars are increasingly at risk. The spread of space technology to new international actors and the increasing sophistication of those capabilities have made it possible to threaten American space systems directly. The national security community is accustomed to analyzing these threats and vulnerabilities and is pursuing a reasonable mix of policies and programs to address them. (Whether those actions are sufficient is subject to debate). However, over the last decade space and cyberspace have grown increasingly integrated. This opens up new vulnerabilities in American space systems, and gives a greater number of actors the potential to exploit those vulnerabilities...

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2049
Bulletins - March 26, 2016

The strange case of Igor Sergun;
Political protests not allowed

Why Russia Is Claiming Victory In Syria
Articles - March 24, 2016

Call it Vladimir Putin's "mission accomplished" speech. 

The Russian president recently caused an international furor when he abruptly announced that his government was commencing a military withdrawal from Syria. Russia had "radically changed the situation" on the ground through its involvement, and its strategic objectives had been "generally accomplished," Putin said in a televised meeting with top advisors in Moscow, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. As a result, Russia's commander-in-chief declared, he had made the decision "to start withdrawal of the main part of our military group from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic starting from tomorrow." 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2048
Bulletins - March 21, 2016

Report: Russia complicit in MH17 downing;
Kadyrov blinks in contest with the Kremlin


Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2047
Bulletins - March 14, 2016

Russia goes its own way on Afghanistan;
Amnesty: Russia guilty of "war crimes" in Syria


Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2046
Bulletins - March 10, 2016

Russian NGOs under fire yet again;
Moscow expands Mediterranean presence


Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2045
Bulletins - March 8, 2016

Did Kamaev get his comeuppance?;
Western NGO activists feel the heat 


Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2044
Bulletins - March 2, 2016

A looming rupture in Russo-Turkish ties;
Russians increasingly see country in throes of economic crisis


Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2043
Bulletins - February 26, 2016

Russian truckers protest... and organize;
A booming illicit economy



Iran's Eurasian Adventure
Articles - February 24, 2016

As expected, last summer's nuclear deal is already shaping up to be an economic boon for Iran. From stepped-up post-sanctions trade with countries in Europe and Asia to newfound access to some $100 billion in previously escrowed oil revenue, the agreement (formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) has put the country on the path toward a sustained national recovery. 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2042
Bulletins - February 23, 2016

Wary in Minsk;
Gaming Russia's designs on the Baltics