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Ukraine's Memory Palace
Articles - October 14, 2015

On a leafy street in the Ukrainian capital, just steps from the ornate building that houses the country's parliament, sits what is perhaps the nation's most powerful weapon in its protracted battle of ideas with Russia. There, tucked away in a once beautiful tsarist-era building, are the offices of the Ukrainian National Memory Institute. It is a tiny government agency with a massive mandate: to counter decades of Russian intellectual disinformation.

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2009
Bulletins - October 13, 2015

Crimea and the population question;
New hacking... and cooperation with Iran

Putin Isn't Winning in Syria
Articles - October 13, 2015

Don't believe the hype surrounding Russia's involvement in Syria. Ever since President Vladimir Putin launched a major escalation of the 4 1/2-year-old conflict there last month, Western media has been awash with commentary about the Kremlin's strategy, with most interpreting it as a function of Moscow's strength — and Washington's weakness.
It's an image that the Kremlin is eager to stoke, for obvious political reasons. Yet Russia's intervention in Syria also carries serious downsides for the Kremlin — negatives that are likely to come back to haunt Russia's leaders in the not-too-distant future

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2008
Bulletins - October 12, 2015

New steps toward Nordic security;
A comeback for "United Russia"?

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2007
Bulletins - October 9, 2015

Foreign media firms eye the exits;
Russia's military settles in on the Ukrainian border

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2006
Bulletins - October 7, 2015

Russian Islamists on the march... and in Ukraine?;
The BBC escalates the battle of ideas with Russia

Obama's Troubling Reassurance
Articles - October 6, 2015

"I want Russia to be successful," President Barack Obama told reporters on Friday after chastising Vladimir Putin for his stepped-up militarism in Syria. "This is not a contest between the United States and Russia. It is in our interest for Russia to be a responsible, effective actor on the international stage that can share burdens with us, along with China, along with Europe, along with Japan, along with other countries - because the problems we have are big." 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2005
Bulletins - October 5, 2015
The Kremlin as "lender of last resort";
Banning Russians from Ukrainian media
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 11
Bulletins - October 5, 2015

Al-Shabaab makes a comeback;
Canada tackles counterradicalization...; Morocco takes on training French imams;
Russia's jihadi legion

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2004
Bulletins - September 24, 2015

From Russia, with arms;
Kremlin brass on the Ukrainian battlefield

Moscow Rising
Articles - September 22, 2015

 "We need to get to the negotiation," Secretary of State John Kerry said of efforts to convince Syria's Bashar Assad to step down. "That's what we're looking for, and we hope Russia and Iran, [and] other countries with influence, will help to bring that about, because that's what's preventing this crisis from ending." 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2003
Bulletins - September 17, 2015

Kidnapping, a new method of Russian "hybrid warfare";
Playing politics with language in Crimea



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2002
Bulletins - September 14, 2015

Publishing, Russian style;
Arms to Egypt... and the Arctic

Paradise Lost In Crimea
Articles - September 9, 2015

In mid-August, during the latest wave of violence in the long-running Ukraine crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin and a coterie of other Kremlin officials trekked out to Crimea. The high-profile visit was intended as a public sign of the Kremlin's enduring commitment to its newest territorial holding. But behind the headlines, the story is far less reassuring: Russia is realizing that its Crimean annexation has become an increasingly costly venture in both political and economic terms. 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2001
Bulletins - September 8, 2015

Russia's ISIS-first strategy in Syria;
Another social media site targeted



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