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September 14, 2017

North Korea
Russia and the North Korean Nuclear Challenge Russia and the North Korean Nuclear Challenge

North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on September 3, 2017, generated reports of tremors being felt as far away as Changchun, China, over 400 miles from the Punggye-ri test site. Although it stands to rea…

December 18, 2017

United States
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (back) and Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin attend a signing ceremony at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014 (SPIEF 2014) in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 24, 2014. Could a U.S.-Russia Oil Showdown be Coming?

About a year ago, a seasoned U.S. oil leader with deep political connections explained to me that U.S. shale would be out of the woods by 2018. His thesis was straightforward: he thought the U.S. eco…

July 10, 2018

Donald Trump
Trump at the NATO and Russia Summits

CFR experts analyze the significance of two upcoming high-profile summits: a tense meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies in Brussels on July 11—12, and U.S. President Donald J. …

February 13, 2018

United States
The Marshall Plan by Benn Steil The Marshall Plan Holds Lessons for Present Tensions With Russia, Benn Steil Writes in New Book

February 13, 2018—The Marshall Plan—the costly and ambitious initiative to revive western Europe after World War II—marked the true beginning of the Cold War, argues Benn Steil. Bringing to bear new …

April 11, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Russia + Syria + Hezbollah = Hamas

On April 6, Hamas terrorists fired a Russian Kornet laser-guided missile at a school bus in southern Israel. How did Hamas get such a missile? It turns out that Russia does not license others to pro…

July 12, 2018

Russia
GRU indictment Cyber Week in Review: July 13, 2018

This week: the United States indicts GRU officers, Russia's plans on cyber issues for the upcoming UN General Assembly, Twitter disconnects bots, an iOS update that will annoy cops, and a UN panel on…

July 16, 2018

Russia
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. The Oil Context of the Trump-Putin Meeting

There appears to be a list of conflicts and other kinds of issues that U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin touched upon during their meeting in Helsinki, and progress on any…

July 17, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters ‘No First Use’ and Nuclear Weapons

Nearly all nuclear weapon states, as a matter of policy, remain ready to use their weapons without having first suffered a nuclear attack.

March 2, 2012

Russia
Russia Update

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July 16, 2018

Cybersecurity
Trump NATO Summit What Did the 2018 NATO Summit Accomplish With Respect to Cyber Issues?

U.S. President Donald J. Trump dominated last week’s NATO summit, with his criticism of the alliance's defense spending and questioning its relevance. It is no wonder that few payed attention to the …