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April 1, 2020

China
The Sinicization of Russia’s Cyber Sovereignty Model

In recent years, Russia has mimicked China's model of cyber sovereignty. This will likely harm Russian domestic security and influence in its near-abroad.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation.

March 10, 2020

Saudi Arabia
Why Current Saudi-Russia Oil Price War Is Not Déjà Vu

It’s happened several times before: geopolitical tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia have led to a dramatic drop in oil prices in years past. But the breakdown in Saudi-Russian cooperation in oi…

A gas station worker wearing a protective face mask sits next to a petrol station, after Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary lockdown on the province of Qatif following the spread of coronavirus, in Qatif, Saudi Arabia March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

January 8, 2020

Russia
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: A Crisis Between Russia and Ukraine

This year, a severe crisis between Russia and Ukraine following increased fighting in eastern Ukraine, and/or a major military clash in contested areas, was included as a top tier priority in the Cen…

Ukrainian soldiers ride on top of a tank during military exercises in the Chernihiv region of Ukraine on December 3, 2018.

May 1, 2017

Russia
Russia and the West

Two weeks ago, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted its annual Hauser Symposium. The topic was timely: Russia and the West. The symposium kicked off with a fascinating discussion on the state o…

National flags of Russia and U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow

November 19, 2019

Election 2020
The President’s Inbox: Should the United States Rethink Its Russia Policy?

Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are p…

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech at the Kremlin in Moscow on November 4.

August 13, 2018

Russia
Did Russia Really Dump Its U.S. Debt?

“Russia dumped 84% of its American debt,” blared a July CNN headline. Russian central-bank head Elvira Nabiullina said the sales were just part of “diversifying the entire structure of currencies…

Did Russia Really Dump Its U.S. Debt?

November 5, 2019

Defense and Security
Why Would Arab Leaders Pursue Strategic Partnerships With Russia?

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan attend a welcome ceremony in the United Arab Emirates, on October 15, 2019.

August 13, 2015

China
Putin’s Russia and Africa

This is a guest post by Eugene Steinberg, an assistant editor at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1961 to 1992, one of Moscow’s most prestigious schools bore the name of Patrice Lumumba, the S…

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June 1, 2017

Philippines
Duterte Woos Russia

Richard Javad Heydarian is a Manila-based academic and author of Asia's New Battlefield: U.S., China, and the Struggle for the Western Pacific. His forthcoming book is Duterte's Rise. Shortly aft…

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April 2, 2019

Cybersecurity
Global Consequences of Escalating U.S.-Russia Cyber Conflict

U.S. offensive cyber operations might deter Russia and other U.S. adversaries online, but we should consider the global consequences of escalating cyber conflict.  

Gen. Paul Nakasone, director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, testifies to the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about "worldwide threats" on Capitol Hill, January 29, 2019.