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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



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2041
Bulletins - February 22, 2016

A struggle over legal primacy;
Number of demographically-depressed regions gets bigger


Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2040
Bulletins - February 19, 2016

Conspiracy theories in the Kremlin;
How Sputnik shapes European politics

Defense Technology Monitor - No. 1
Bulletins - February 19, 2016

Legal questions about laser weapons;
Russia's A2AD strategy;
New drone capabilities needed;
Hardening future fighters;
Hackers turned out the lights in Ukraine

Countering Putin begins with knowing what his regime is saying
Articles - February 18, 2016

Recent media accounts have argued that the U.S. government suffers from an absence of high-quality expertise on Russia. These accounts correctly note that funding for careers to ensure career opportunities for a continuing flow of people interested in Russia has dried up as well as the quantitative as well as qualitative lack of capable analysts. Undoubtedly we suffer from a shortage of funding and of professional interest in Russia, which is widely regarded as a busted flush of little account despite Ukraine and Syria. This shortage tallies with the president and his administration’s view that Russia is a declining regional power. Yet, as we have seen reality continues to belie such shortsighted thinking, particularly when it comes to the information battlefield and America’s struggle to contest Russian dominance in the weaponization of information used by the Kremlin against the United States and NATO.

Eurasia Security Watch - No. 355
Bulletins - February 17, 2016

Iran's expanding Eurasian horizons;
In Turkmenistan, the constitutional fix is in;
Central Asia feels Russia's economic pain

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2039
Bulletins - February 16, 2016

Climate of fear in Russia impedes polling;
Putin's Soviet nostalgia

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2038
Bulletins - February 10, 2016

Russia as a haven for Jews?;
Inquiry: Kremlin fingerprints on Litvinenko killing

Strategic Priorities For The Next President
Articles - February 3, 2016

The next American president will inherit a world on fire. Whoever ends up winning the presidential election in the Fall of 2016 will enter the Oval Office facing a range of pressing - and difficult - global problems. How he or she will address them will determine America's place in the world for much of the decade to come. As such, it's worth examining what the future commander-in-chief will be forced to contend with on the world stage. 

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 383
Bulletins - February 2, 2016

Afghan army restructured in Helmand;
Indian warships visits Sri Lanka;
First-ever Russia-Pakistan military exercises;
14 Bangladeshis detained;
Ethnic protests in Nepal continue

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2037
Bulletins - February 1, 2016

Playing both sides in Afghanistan;
Investigating Russia's hand in European politics



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2036
Bulletins - January 28, 2016

Russian arms for Hezbollah fighters;
In Moscow, new military investments... and pessimism about the future

The Kremlin's Selective Counterterrorism
Articles - January 27, 2016

To hear President Vladimir Putin tell it, his government is the proverbial tip of the spear in the global war on terror. 

For months, Kremlin officials have taken great pains to style their intervention in Syria in grandiose terms - not simply as a ploy to prop up a key strategic ally, but as a broader campaign against Islamic extremism. To hear them tell it, Russia has been 
forced to lead because of Western fecklessness in the face of gathering Islamic radicalism. Yet this bluster belies the fact that Moscow's counterterrorism policy is both flawed and selective in the extreme. 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2035
Bulletins - January 26, 2016

The scent of Russian authoritarianism;
Did Russian hackers target Ukraine's electric grid?

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2034
Bulletins - January 25, 2016

Lights out in Crimea;
Ukraine as "frozen conflict"

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2033
Bulletins - January 19, 2016

New national security strategy outlines Russia's war with the West;
Russian demography, still dismal

Eurasia Security Watch - No. 355
Bulletins - January 17, 2016


Iran's expanding Eurasian horizons;
In Turkmenistan, the constitutional fix is in;
Central Asia feels Russia's economic pain;


Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2032
Bulletins - January 15, 2016
Cutting Crimea loose;
More economic turbulence ahead
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2031
Bulletins - January 11, 2016

European sanctions... and a trade war with Ukraine;
The FSB, unleashed

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2030
Bulletins - January 8, 2016

Moscow rails against NATO expansion;
Yearning for stability increasingly rehabilitates Stalin

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2029
Bulletins - January 7, 2016

Russia doubles down in Syria;
Moscow's deepening footprint in Africa

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2109
Bulletins - January 6, 2016


New blood at the Economic Ministry;
The worm turns in Central Asia



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2109
Bulletins - January 6, 2016

New blood at the Economic Ministry;
The worm turns in Central Asia

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2028
Bulletins - January 5, 2016

Khodorkovsky back in the spotlight;
Russia's economy goes from bad to worse