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The Uncomfortable Alliance
Articles - September 6, 2015

Greater cooperation with Russia in the struggle to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) and other extremist elements in the Muslim World is now being urged by a number of prominent Americans. Russia and America both have a problem with Islamists, goes the argument, so we should work together to defeat the common enemy. 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2000
Bulletins - September 2, 2015

Russia's expanding Arctic claim;
Putin popular at home, reviled abroad



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1999
Bulletins - August 25, 2015

Litvinenko killing "personally ordered" by Putin, court hears;
Russian citizens versus the Internet



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1998
Bulletins - August 24, 2015


Despite economic troubles, Russian defense spending soars;
Savchenko in the dock



The War For Ukraine
Articles - August 22, 2015

Ukraine is at war. Since the spring of 2014, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has waged a concerted campaign of aggression against its smaller western neighbor. Moscow’s “hybrid warfare” in support of separatist enclaves in Ukraine’s Donbass region has included the insertion of military forces to augment pro-Russian insurgents, large-scale deliveries of military matériel to these fighters, and the widespread use of propaganda. The Kremlin’s efforts have met with political and economic pressure from the West, in the form of multilateral sanctions imposed by the Obama administration and the European Union. However, the strongly negative effects of this pressure on the Russian economy have not caused the Kremlin to change course in any meaningful way. 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1997
Bulletins - August 19, 2015

Russia doubles down on the Kurils;
The Crimean millstone



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1996
Bulletins - August 12, 2015

Drilling a Baltic invasion;
How Russia exploits North Korean slave labor



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1995
Bulletins - August 5, 2015

Russia seizes the Iran opportunity;
How the Kremlin sees the world


Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 338
Bulletins - August 5, 2015

Iranian air defense improvements?;
Russia expands electronic warfare capability;
Defending Israeli airliners;
Russia incorporates blimp-based missile defense radar;
Turkey's indigenous defenses mature;
North Korea improves missiile launch capabilities

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1994
Bulletins - August 4, 2015

The Kremlin targets civil society, science;
The plight of Crimea's Tatars



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1993
Bulletins - July 28, 2015


PARNAS makes new plans;
Russians willing to trade freedom for prosperity



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1992
Bulletins - July 27, 2015

Russia's AIDS epidemic continues to worsen;
Protectionism hits the national media


Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1991
Bulletins - July 22, 2015

Crimea's status... and Baltic independence;
Still bullish on Syria



Not Mr. Popularity
Articles - July 21, 2015

As Vladimir Putin's international image continues to decline, his domestic popularity has, paradoxically, reached an all-time high. The most recent poll by the Moscow-based Levada Center reports a staggering 89 percent approval rating for the Russian president, in spite of a stumbling economy, declining living standards, rampant corruption and deepening international isolation. 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1990
Bulletins - July 14, 2015

Abuses, impunity in Crimea;
The Islamic State comes to Russia 


Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1989
Bulletins - July 9, 2015

Russia warns Sweden, while the Pentagon prepares;
An extension for European sanctions



Moscow's Baby Bust
Articles - July 9, 2015

For decades, first the Soviet Union and then Russia languished under adverse population trends. Deaths far outpaced births, life expectancy was dismally low, and social ills, from alcoholism to unsafe abortion practices, were rampant. 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1988
Bulletins - July 8, 2015

Mobilization in the Arctic;
Nuclear jitters in NATO



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1987
Bulletins - July 7, 2015

Bringing Dzerzhinsky back?;
Kremlin, political allies take aim at abortion



The Slow Mobilization Toward War With Putin
Articles - July 3, 2015

Amid multiple signs of an impending battle in Ukraine, NATO and Ukraine have stepped up their response. But so has Russia. 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1986
Bulletins - July 3, 2015

Meet the bit players in Russia's media war;
Moscow plays Palestinian peacemaker



Geopolitical costs of Moscow's war against Ukraine
Articles - July 2, 2015

By July 2015 it was clear that Russia is paying a steep economic price for its war in Ukraine. Poverty, inflation, unemployment are all rising, the economy is shrinking, and foreign investment is drying up. Moscow had to cut spending on the 2018 FIFA World CUP, pensions, and infrastructure, not to mention health care, education, science and technology, and infrastructure, i.e. human and social capital.

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1985
Bulletins - June 30, 2015

Off the books, Russia militarizes;
In Transdniester, a dry run?


Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1984
Bulletins - June 26, 2015

Snitching makes a comeback;
The KPRF courts Muslims in Tatarstan



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1983
Bulletins - June 24, 2015

Popular Putin cracks down on "undesirable" NGOs;
Russia hits back at Europe with sanctions of its own



Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 337
Bulletins - June 23, 2015

Missile defense for the Gulf;
Ukraine seeks BMD as a hedge against Russia;
In the Army, a focus on integration;
Beijing, Moscow make missile moves

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1982
Bulletins - June 18, 2015

One step forward, one step back in the info war with Russia;
Obscuring traces of involvement in Ukraine



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1981
Bulletins - June 15, 2015


New restrictions on abortions, non-Russian languages;
Moscow takes aim at social media



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1980
Bulletins - June 9, 2015

The brownshirts of "United Russia";
Corporate confidence... and widespread hardship



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1979
Bulletins - June 3, 2015

The future shape of the Russian military;
Rewriting Moscow's wartime role

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1978
Bulletins - June 1, 2015

Recognizing the Russian cyber threat;
American dollars grease U.S.-Russia nuclear dialogue 

The Economics Of Deterring Russia
Articles - May 22, 2015

When it comes to the prospects of war in Europe, perhaps we simply aren't asking the right questions. For months now, Russia watchers within the Beltway and in European capitals have been preoccupied with anticipating the next moves of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the year-old conflict taking place in Ukraine. 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1977
Bulletins - May 21, 2015

Russian demographics at the crossroads;
Nonprofits feel the heat



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1976
Bulletins - May 20, 2015

Back to the "Blackjack";
Hacking and the Ukraine conflict



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1975
Bulletins - May 19, 2015

Moscow versus the Islamic State;
Kadyrov digs in his heels



Don't Blame The Victim
Articles - May 15, 2015

  By every account Russia and its "insurgent army" are planning a new offensive in Ukraine. Shelling aroundShyrokyne has increased considerably. Russia, once again violating the Minsk II agreement that it first broke even before the ink was dry, has brought up reinforcements, including air defenses - a telltale sign of an impending offensive. It has also reorganized and trained separatist fighters in Ukraine to make them more proficient and professional under Russian command and control. 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1974
Bulletins - May 9, 2015

Russia's ultranationalists on the march;
A hard-fought victory in Russia's "war on terror"



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1973
Bulletins - May 8, 2015

Europe arms itself... but not enough;
Russia's opposition parties huddle together



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1972
Bulletins - April 30, 2015

Moscow chafes at Ukraine's turn away from its Soviet past;
No joking allowed on Russia's Internet



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1971
Bulletins - April 28, 2015

A surge in military spending;
Accentuating the positive in Crimea

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1970
Bulletins - April 21, 2015

Still more nostalgia for Stalin;
Russia stares down NATO over Ukraine, the Baltics 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1969
Bulletins - April 20, 2015

The Kremlin versus the Internet;
Russia's rich eye the exits 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1968
Bulletins - April 15, 2015


Russia's regional plans take a hit;
Denmark in the crosshairs





Putin's Next Offensive
Articles - April 10, 2015

Both NATO and the United States have publicly acknowledged that Russia is violating the newest cease-fire over Ukraine, which was recently concluded in Minsk, Belarus. Despite the agreement, Moscow is still sending tanks, armored vehicles, rocket technology and artillery to separatist elements inside Ukraine, and has moved on to occupy the strategically located railroad terminal of Debaltseve. Moscow's continuing military buildup in the Donbass region, and the outbreak of renewed fighting, strongly suggests that Russia does not seek an off-ramp out of Ukraine but intends to conquer still more Ukrainian territory.

Kremlin Fight Club
Articles - April 3, 2015

At first glance, Grozny seems like an odd place for a gathering of the world's best fighters. The capital of Russia's restive Chechen Republic, Grozny is in a better place today than it was in the 1990s and early 2000s, when it was ground zero for two brutal wars between Islamist insurgents and the Russian state. But the city, like the region it inhabits, still ranks high on the misery index. Despite a major rebuilding effort on the part of the government, Chechnya's unemployment and poverty rates are among the highest in the Russian Federation, and the region has emerged as a significant source of angry young men who have traveled to the Middle East to join the ranks of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.  

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1967
Bulletins - April 1, 2015

Militarizing Crimea;
Sharia finance comes to Russia



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1966
Bulletins - March 25, 2015

Russia's military posture a growing threat to the U.S.;
Crimean development slows amid economic downturn



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1965
Bulletins - March 20, 2015

Coming clean on Crimea;
A step forward in the Arctic, and a step back on energy



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1964
Bulletins - March 17, 2015
An increasingly costly Ukraine policy;
Speedy arrest of suspects in Nemtsov's murder


Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1963
Bulletins - March 16, 2015


Ripples from Nemtsov's murder;
Hungry in Russia