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Cooperation, Competition, and Compartmentalization:
Russian-Turkish Relations and Their Implications for the West

Robert E. Hamilton, 2021, the Foreign Policy Research Institute The relationship between the Russian Federation and Republic of Turkey is one of the most important bilateral relationships in Eurasia today. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) original adversary and one of its earliest members have in recent times veered sharply between cooperation—often against NATO’s interests—and …

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Yes, the United States Should Weaken Russia

The old approach of outreach and inclusion has failed. In the wake of Russia’s latest invasion, Washington must seek to erode Moscow’s power. Dr. John R. Deni, 2022 in Foreign Policy Following a recent visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the United States wanted “to …

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Would a Russian Coup Solve Anything

Putin’s successor would face the same political and geographic conditions that led him to confrontation. Dr. John R. Deni, 2022 in the Wall Street Journal Some Western observers hope Vladimir Putin will be overthrown in a coup. While the likelihood of such an event is debatable, one thing is certain: If Mr. Putin were removed …

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Negotiating with Russia Over Ukraine

Dr. John R. Deni, 2022 SSI Live 086 – Negotiating with Russia Over Ukraine Negotiations between Russia and the United States, NATO, and the OSCE regarding the situation in/around Ukraine begin this week. How should the West approach those negotiations? SSI Live host Dr. John R. Deni argues the West should strike a hard bargain, …

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Russia’s Forever Wars: Syria and the Pursuit of Great Power Status

Robert E. Hamilton, 2021, the Foreign Policy Research Institute September 2021 marks the sixth anniversary of the Russian Federation’s intervention in the Syrian civil war. A patient, flexible strategy set against irresolute and muddled Western strategies allowed Moscow to achieve its initial aim of preventing the fall of the Bashar al Assad regime. The Kremlin …

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Soviet Economic Reform—Surprisingly Prescient

Dr. Robert E. Hamilton, March 2021 Writing in 1971, economist Dr. John P. Hardt assessed the trajectory of the Soviet economy arguing the need for reform and evaluating the willingness of key actors in the Soviet bureaucracy to support such policies. Fifty years later, Hardt was remarkably prescient with regard to structural difficulties such reform …

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Rollback redux: A new (old) framework for dealing with Russia

Dr. John R. Deni, 2022 in the Hill With ongoing Russian efforts to interfere in an election just weeks away, not to mention Moscow’s efforts to militarily provoke the West and assassinate political rivals at home and abroad, it’s never been more clear that the United States needs a new approach to Russia. Despite releasing …

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NATO Needs to Focus on the Black Sea

Robert E. Hamilton, 2021, the Foreign Policy Research Institute William of Ockham would like a word with those who worry more about a potential Russian invasion of the Baltics than ongoing interventions in the Balkans. “Of two competing theories, the simpler explanation” is to be preferred, wrote William of Ockham, an injunction that some Western …

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Russia’s War in Syria: Assessing Russian Military Capabilities and Lessons Learned

Robert E. Hamilton, 2020, the Foreign Policy Research Institute This edited volume, Russia’s War in Syria: Assessing Russian Military Capabilities and Lessons Learned, published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute, sets out to examine the Russian Federation’s way of war in Syria. It consists of seven chapters, authored by nine subject-matter experts from the United …

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Nord Stream 2: Energy Security For Europe Or Prelude To Russian Aggression In The Baltic?

Robert E. Hamilton and Anna Mikulska, 2020, Forbes Nord Stream 2 (NS2) has been subject to a vigorous debate and much disagreement on whether it provides an opportunity for diversification of gas supply to the European union or facilitates Russian dominance. But some go even further, suggesting that NS2 could become excuse for Russian expanded …

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Russia’s Attempts to Undermine Democracy in the West: Effects and Causes

Robert E. Hamilton, August 2019, Orbis, the Foreign Policy Research Institute By exploiting pre-existing divisions in Western societies and attempting to sway elections toward candidates palatable to the Kremlin, the Russian Federation has had some success in eroding social cohesion and confidence in the institutions of democracy. But pulling the West down has not improved …

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Russia’s A2/AD Capabilities: Real and Imagined

Keir Giles, Mathieu Boulegue, 2019 USAWC Parameters This article discusses the myths surrounding Russia’s A2/AD capabilities and the risks associated with the current counter A2/AD efforts among NATO countries. It offers recommendations for investing in a stronger defense of the Baltic states and Eastern Europe. References to Russia’s anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities are now standard …

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The Russian Military in Contemporary Perspective

Dr. Stephen J. Blank, 2019 American Foreign Policy Council Wherever one looks, Russia is carrying out aggressive military and informational attacks against the West in Europe, North and South America, the Arctic, and the Middle East. This “war against the West” actually began over a decade ago, but its most jarring and shocking event, the …

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What Next for Russia’s Front-Line States?

Mr. Keir Giles, 2019 Russia’s annexation of Crimea and intervention in Eastern Ukraine in 2014, alarmed not only Western-leaning states in Central Europe and the Baltic but also Moscow’s traditional allies. These events signaled that Moscow is now willing and capable of using direct military force against perceived strategic threats in its self-proclaimed region of …

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Russia’s Syria Problem

Dr. Robert E. Hamilton, Oct 2018 The Russians are discovering that success on the battlefield doesn’t automatically translate to achievement of political goals. Several recent publications and organizations have proclaimed victory for Russia and the Assad regime in the Syrian civil war. President Obama’s prediction back in the autumn of 2015 that the Russians would …

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Current Russia Military Affairs: Assessing and Countering Russian Strategy, Operational Planning, and Modernization

Dr. John R. Deni, editor, 2018 This compendium of essays is based on presentations delivered at a one-day workshop sponsored jointly by the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. European Command (EUCOM), with additional funding generously provided by the U.S. Army War College Foundation. The invitation-only event was held on May 1, 2018 at …

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