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Resurgent Russia [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

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Russia is increasingly assertive in foreign and security policy, posing a challenge to the post-Cold War, rules-based international order. Following the annexation of Crimea, conflict with Ukraine and intervention in Syria, Russia stands accused of seeking to influence electoral outcomes in the United States and some European countries. Vladimir Putin looks set to be re-elected as Russian President later this month.

This note offers links to commentaries, studies by major international think tanks, which discuss Russia’s policies and how to respond to them. More reports on the topic can be found in a previous edition of ‘What Think Tanks are Thinking’, published in July 2017.

Presidential election

Future tense: Putin’s re-election a given, but what comes next?
Atlantic Council, February 2018

The price of the Russian elections: Easy to achieve, Putin’s victory will have huge costs
Finnish Institute of International Affairs, January 2018

After the election of no alternatives: The Kremlin’s domestic political challenges from 2018 onwards
Finnish Institute of International Affairs, December 2017

Dress rehearsal for Russia’s presidential election
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, October 2017

Foreign and defence policies

Russian policy across the Middle East: Motivations and methods
Chatham House, February 2018

Incomplete hegemonies, hybrid neighbours: Identity games and policy tools in Eastern Partnership countries
Centre for European Policy Studies, February 2018

Is Russia Europe’s biggest threat?
Carnegie Europe, February 2018

Russia, Euroskeptic parties, and Italian elections
German Marshall Fund, February 2018

How to downsize Russia in the Balkans
German Marshall Fund, February 2018

Putins Wiederwahl wird den gesellschaftlichen Wandel nicht aufhalten
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, February 2018

Russia is not a viable counterterrorism partner for the United States
Rand Corporation, February 2018

Restoring equilibrium: U.S. policy options for countering and engaging Russia
Brookings Institution, February 2018

Is Russia seeking a peaceful path?
Atlantic Council, February 2018

Russia, Trump, and the 2016 U.S. election
Council on Foreign Relations, February 2018

Putins schöne neue Weltordnung gewinnt mehr und mehr an Realität
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, February 2018

The Russia file: Russia and the West in an unordered world
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, February 2018

A classic dilemma: Russia’s threat to withdraw from the Council of Europe
Heinrich Böll Stiftung, February 2018

Rilancio del dialogo con la Russia
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, February 2018

Putin’s big match special
Chatham House, January 2018

Putin’s road from Damascus: After the ‘victory,’ what?
Brookings Institution, January 2017

Russia’s new strategy for Caspian relations
Chatham House, December 2017

Dutch narratives about Russian-Western relations
Clingendael, December 2017

The great powers have their ways
Egmont, December 2017

Brexit makes it even more difficult for the UK to deal with Russia
Chatham House, December 2017

Defence industries in Russia and China: Players and strategies
European Union Institute for Security Studies, December 2017

The EU Global Strategy: Implications for Russia
Egmont, November 2017

Drawing red lines in gray areas: Deterring Russia’s challenge to transatlantic security today
German Marshall Fund, November 2017

The Kremlin’s Trojan horses 2.0
Atlantic Council, November 2017

War in peacetime: Russia’s strategy on NATO’s eastern and southern flanks
Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, November 2017

How NATO could accidentally trigger a war with Russia
Rand Corporation, November 2017

Russia’s tactics in the Western Balkans
Carnegie Europe, November 2017

What is the public mood like in Crimea?
Carnegie Europe, November 2017

Partners or competitors? The future of the Iran-Russia power tandem in the Middle East
Atlantic Council, November 2017

Principles of Russian military thought
Institute of International Relations Prague, November 2017

Russia in the international arena, according to Putin
Institute for National Security Studies, October 2017

NATO’s Eastern flank and its future relationship with Russia
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, October 2017

The S-400 deal: Russia drives another wedge between Turkey and its NATO allies
Institute for National Security Studies, October 2017

Central Asia: Twenty-five years after the breakup of the USSR
Bruegel, November 2017

The struggle for Ukraine
Chatham House, October 2017

The Syrian conflict and Russia’s search for regional hegemony in a contested Middle East: Implications for the Euro-Atlantic community
College of Europe, October 2017

On economics of innovation subsidies in Russia
Forum for Research on Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies, October 2017

Controlling chaos: How Russia manages its political war in Europe
European Council on Foreign Relations, September 2017

Putin’s Viennese waltz
Chatham House, September 2017

Learning lessons from Zapad 2017
Carnegie Europe, September 2017

So far from god, so close to Russia: Belarus and the Zapad military exercise
European Council on Foreign Relations, September 2017

The new Russia sanctions law: What it does and how to make it work
Atlantic Council, September 2017

The Zapad-2017 exercises: The information war (for now)
Centre for Eastern Studies, September 2017

Decoding Zapad-2017
International Centre for Defence Studies, September 2017

Russia’s electronic warfare capabilities to 2025: Challenging NATO in the electromagnetic spectrum
International Centre for Defence Studies, September 2017

Publics worldwide unfavorable toward Putin, Russia but few see Russian power and influence as a major threat
Pew Research Center, August 2017

The militarization of Russian policy
Transatlantic Academy, German Marshall Fund, August 2017

Russian strategy in the Middle East
Rand Europe, August 2017

Putin’s man in Hungary, Putin’s man in Germany
Carnegie Europe, August 2017

Increasing Western tolerance of Russian overreaction
Carnegie Europe, August 2017

A region with special needs: The Russian Far East in Moscow’s policy
Centre for Eastern Studies, July 2017

Fellow travellers: Russia, anti-westernism and Europe’s political parties
European Council on Foreign Relations, July 2017

US-Russia ties, electoral issues, cyber-security

Russians charged with meddling in 2016 US election
Atlantic Council, February 2018

Containing Russia: How to respond to Moscow’s intervention in U.S. democracy and growing geopolitical challenge
Council on Foreign Relations, January 2018

So what did we learn? Looking back on four years of Russia’s cyber-enabled ‘active measures’
German Marshall Fund, January 2018

The ‘combination’: An instrument in Russia’s information war in Catalonia
Real Instituto Elcano, November 2017

Raising the consequences of hacking American companies
Center for Strategic and International Studies, October 2017

An accident waiting to happen: Trump, Putin and the US–Russia relationship
Lowy Institute for International Policy, October 2017

In its relations with Russia, can the U.S. walk and chew gum at the same time?
Rand Corporation, August 2017


The clock is ticking: Ukraine’s last chance to prevent Nord Stream 2
Bruegel, January 2018

Russia’s untapped Arctic potential
Chatham House, January 2018

Eurasian Economic Union integrates energy markets, EU stands aside
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, January 2018

Nord Stream 2: More hot air than gas?
Centre for European Reform, January 2017

Does Russian gas weaken energy security in Europe? Lessons from the Baumgarten incident
Centre for European Policy Reform, December 2017

Nord Stream 2: Divide et impera again? Avoiding a zero-sum game
European Political Strategy Centre, November 2017

Schröder’s unswerving loyalty to Putin
Carnegie Europe, October 2017

Russia-India energy cooperation: Trade, joint projects and new areas
Russian International Affairs Council, October 2017

Domestic and other issues

Why Boris Nemtsov still matters today
Atlantic Council, February 2018

Highlights for commemoration of the 1917 Russian revolution: Hints for further study
Free Network, December 2017

Russia’s ostrich approach to climate change and the Paris Agreement
Centre for European Policy Reform, November 2018

Spirituality as a political instrument: The church, the Kremlin, and the creation of the ‘Russian world’
Finnish Institute of International Affairs, September 2017

Read this briefing on ‘Resurgent Russia‘ on the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.

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