Hybrid War: Russia vs. the West


Why Everyone’s a Winner in the Nord Stream 2 Deal

The agreement between Germany and the United States, which at first glance appears to be to Russia’s advantage, is in fact beneficial to all parties—even Ukraine.

Is Russia Finally Ready to Tackle Climate Change?

In theory, climate change and green energy are areas in which there is scope for joint international projects, new investment, and the transfer of green technology to Russia. Yet drastic differences in targets set and regulatory frameworks make such an optimistic scenario unlikely.

Common Ground: Why Russia and Canada Should Cooperate in the Arctic

As the largest Arctic states, Canada and Russia have the most to lose if we allow differences to stymie cooperation.

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.
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