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Opinion: How to Get What We Want From Putin

We’ll never agree with the Russian leader on principles, but we might be able to negotiate a better security structure for Europe.

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Don’t Kick The Can: Two Key US Proposals For Upcoming Russia Talks

It seems the administration just wants to soothe (and bluster) but take no concrete actions over Ukraine. It won’t work this time.

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Putin’s Quid: No Offensive Missiles in ‘ABM’ Sites

Take heart, most of you who fear war rather than profit from it. You would not know it amid the gloom and doom about “another Russian invasion” of Ukraine, but diplomacy – not war – is about to break out this month.

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Negotiate Peace With Russia to Prevent War Over Ukraine

To seize the opportunity to avert a third world war with Russia and China, Biden should negotiate a comprehensive security agreement with Russia by building upon what Putin has outlined, while also taking decisive action to shore up America’s defenses against existential attack by U.S. adversaries.

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Putin Speaks

As the Russian president’s year-end presser helped underscore, Europe will increasingly understand itself as the western end of Eurasia rather than the eastern shore of the Atlantic.

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Understanding Putin’s Russia and the Struggle over Ukraine

Pity the political scientist studying Russia. How does one analyze such a highly personalistic regime, in which key decisions are made behind closed doors and democratic elements have been squeezed out over the past decade? How should one assess the politics of a country that is a geopolitical outlier: the largest territory in the world, with borders from Norway to North Korea, and that has played a decisive role in every major European war of the last 200 years?

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Putin’s “military-technical” measures if negotiations fail

In the past couple of days, my peers in the community of Russia analysts have addressed the question of “what if” – what is it that Russia can and may do if the negotiations with the United States over its draft Treaties on security in Europe fail within the very short time period the Russians have set, apparently one month. Parenthetically, I am amused that spokesmen for the U.S. State Department say that they may enter into talks with the Russians some time in January. It seems they did not catch the short timeline the Russians have set or mistakenly believe it was a bluff.

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Putin Has a Big Brother in Xi

Russian President Vladimir V. Putin and I have something in common. My big brother, Joe-Ray, died during the World War II. Unlike Putin’s big brother, though, mine was done in by meningitis – not by the Germans.

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When Putin Will Invade Ukraine

While much of the world wonders when Russia will invade Ukraine, the US Senate’s number 2 ranking member on the Armed Forces committee has added something new: When will the US invade Russia?

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THE RUSSIAN DILEMMA: Security, Vigilance, and Relations with the West from Ivan III to Putin

This study examines the origins and development of a specific strand in Russia’s political and strategic cultures — Russia’s ‘national security culture’ and ‘security vigilance norm’ – doing so in the context of Russian-Western relations.