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Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia Michael McFaul On The Protests Rocking The Kremlin

interview with Michael McFaulvia MSNBC
Sunday, January 31, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses the more than 5,000 people who were arrested during massive protests in Russia this week, demanding the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, marking the second straight week of the largest demonstrations the country has seen in years and what the protests mean for Vladimir Putin, and the future of the US - Russia relations.

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Ten Years In: A Kick-Off to the Cyber Strategy Series

via Fellow Talks
Saturday, January 30, 2021

The January 29 session focuses on the importance of US cyber strategy, how strategy is implemented, and how we will know whether it is successful.

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Strategika Issue 70: The U.S.–Russia Relationship

via Strategika
Friday, January 29, 2021

Strategika Issue 70 is now available online. Strategika is an online journal that analyzes ongoing issues of national security in light of conflicts of the past—the efforts of the Military History Working Group of historians, analysts, and military personnel focusing on military history and contemporary conflict.

Analysis and Commentary

Idealpolitik Requires Realpolitik

by Josef Joffevia American Purpose
Friday, January 29, 2021

Suddenly Home Alone, the United States should be a “force for good,” but not neglect power in a nasty world. China, Russia, and Iran don’t.

Analysis and Commentary

Biden Puts US National Security First In Extending New START Treaty

by Rose Gottemoellervia The Hill
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, with Russia was one of President Biden’s first foreign policy acts after he took the oath of office on Jan. 20.

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Chinese and Russian Information Warfare in the Age of COVID-19

by Zafiris Rossidisvia Strategika
Thursday, January 28, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled a new form of rivalry among countries that some have compared to that of the Cold War. The similarities are undeniable. However, there is a striking difference: In the time of the coronavirus, international rivalry has become a daily matter.

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Balancing Interests and Fears

by Andrew Robertsvia Strategika
Thursday, January 28, 2021

History suggests that no two nations’ relations ever deteriorate so much that it becomes impossible to find common ground if both perceive that a third nation’s ambitions threatens them more. Examples abound, but the classic is Britain’s instant alliance with the USSR the moment that Adolf Hitler invaded Russia in June 1941.

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Can the United States and Russia Unite Against China? Naw…

by Ralph Petersvia Strategika
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Under present and probable future conditions, Russia will not ally with the United States against China on any substantial issue in any sphere. The wording of that sentence is carefully chosen, since the U.S.A., under any president, would be glad to have Russia’s support in the great competition of the mid-twenty-first century.

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A Critical Moment in U.S.–Russian Relations

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Thursday, January 28, 2021

At present it is extraordinarily difficult to see how any American government—beyond former President Donald J. Trump—would be willing to trust the Russians to the degree necessary to cooperate effectively against the Chinese, at least for the short term

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Triangulating Russia

by Mark Moyarvia Strategika
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Russian-American relations are as poor today as at any time since the fall of the Soviet Union. Mired in prolonged conflicts over Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela, election interference, and energy, among other issues, Russia and the United States clash in their interests and their worldviews. Mutual distrust is intense, much more intense than one might infer from the occasional statements of former president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin.