Hybrid War: Russia vs. the West


Podcast: A Closer Look at Russia’s New National Security Strategy

This podcast episode focuses on Russia’s new National Security Strategy and the vision of the world presented in it.

Is There a New Status Quo in Russia-West Relations?

The Biden-Putin summit has elicited hopes for a new status quo in relations between Russia and the West, marked by guardrails and the prevention of further destabilization. Yet this momentum will be short-lived if it is not backed up by coordination between the United States and Europe, and commitment from Moscow.

Afghanistan After the U.S. Pullout: Challenges to Russia and Central Asia

The nature of the Afghan problem for Central Asia and Russia lies in Afghanistan becoming a source of instability for the region.

Russia’s National Security Strategy: A Manifesto for a New Era

The central feature of the new strategy is its focus on Russia itself. The Russian leadership has every reason right now to turn homeward to address the glaring weaknesses, imbalances, and inequalities of the country’s internal situation.

Competition Among Russia, China, and United States Heats Up in Antarctic

For now, there is no public discussion of exploiting Antarctic mineral deposits, but in 2048, the Madrid protocol banning mining is due to be reviewed, and it’s unlikely the status quo will remain in place.

Sailing Into Troubled Waters. Russia Counters Britain in the Black Sea

Fresh attempts to expose Russian “red line” deterrence as hollow—whether on the ground, in the air, or at sea—would push Moscow to defend what it cannot give up without losing its self-respect. This would almost inevitably lead to clashes and casualties, which would carry the risk of further escalation.

Putin’s New (Old) Russia Meets Biden’s New America

What Moscow is proposing is a renewed format of Cold War–era relations, when the two sides operated in full recognition of their obvious differences, contained each other’s expansion, and together wrote the rules needed to avoid a fatal collision.

What Is Putin’s Mindset Ahead of His Meeting With Biden?

Putin will probably be interested in assessing where Biden’s real concerns lie; where the sensitive areas may be in which mutual restraint, rather than unattainable compromise arrangements, may be the best way forward for now; and how the United States might act and respond under different scenarios.

How Will U.S.-Russia Arms Control Affect the Geneva Summit?

The following is based on remarks that James Acton gave to journalists on June 10, 2021 ahead of the summit between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin in Geneva.

A Fresh Start on U.S. Arctic Policy Under Biden

The Biden administration does not want conflict in the Arctic, but the potential for tension in the region depends not only on the U.S. administration, but on the actions of Russia (and China) too.
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