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March 27, 2018

Russia
What’s Next for Russia’s Relations With the West?

The expulsion of Russian diplomats by more than twenty governments is a remarkable show of unity and a deepening of Moscow’s rift with the West.

Russian flag flies over Seattle consulate.

May 25, 2018

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Singapore and Reykjavik: The Perils of Summitry

The 1986 meeting in Iceland between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was like none other. It offers helpful context for a potential U.S.-North Korea arms control summi…

Reagan and Gorbachev shake hands after their talks in Reykjavik.

February 26, 2008

Elections and Voting
Sestanovich: Behind the Scenes ‘Warfare’ As Russia Awaits Putin Successor

Stephen Sestanovich, CFR’s top Russia expert, says despite the stage-managed appearance of Russia’s political transition, jockeying among power factions is taking place behind the scenes.

October 24, 2007

Development
Sestanovich: Putin Promotes Guessing Game on Russia’s Leadership

Stephen Sestanovich, CFR’s top Russia expert, says President Vladimir Putin seems to be enjoying keeping the world guessing as to whether he will seek to become prime minister of Russia.

December 10, 2014

Russia
Where Is Putin Leading Russia?

President Vladimir Putin has failed to deliver a coherent response to Russia’s economic challenges while continuing to feed concerns about his intentions in Ukraine, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

October 4, 2006

Russia
Sestanovich: Russia-Georgia Spat ’Part of a Much Bigger Confrontation’

Stephen Sestanovich, a Clinton administration expert on the former Soviet Union, says the crisis between Russia and Georgia plays to deep-seated fears in both countries and could build to the point w…

March 3, 2006

Russia
Sestanovich: Russia’s Attitude toward Iran Seen Decisive in Measuring Policy

The project director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Independent Task Force report on U.S. policy toward Russia says a major test of Moscow’s relations with the West will be how it handles the t…

November 4, 2005

Elections and Voting
Sestanovich: Azerbaijan Vote Could Turn Violent If ‘Grossly Manipulated’

Stephen R. Sestanovich, a former ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state for newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, says the parliamentary elections set for Mo…

September 30, 2005

Russia
Sestanovich: Key Question in Russia Is Who Will Succeed Putin in 2008?

Stephen R. Sestanovich, the Council’s top Russia expert, says he found on a recent trip to Russia that the overriding question is who will succeed Vladimir Putin as president when his constitutional …

July 23, 2014

Russia
What MH17 Means for Russia

The focus of the EU and U.S. response should go beyond the passenger jet downing and address broader concerns about Russia’s policies toward Ukraine, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.