Monthly Archives: January 2017

Warm Water Interests or Weakness?

Russia’s borders stretch from the Baltic Sea in the West to North Korea, China, and Japan in the East.  Despite Russia’s continental presence in both Europe and Asia, it still suffers from a lack of warm water military ports. 

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Minsk II Agreement or lack-thereof?

Minsk II, what is it and what is the status of the agreement?

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Putin’s Pivot to Asia?

Recently, Vladimir Putin has made an interesting turn towards some of the United States’ partners in the Pacific.

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The Shield

Recently, it was discovered that President Putin has secretly deployed 2 Iskander launching vehicles capable of deploying two 500-kilometer-range surface-to-surface missiles (SS-26) to his naval base in Latakia, Syria.  In addition to these launchers, the Kremlin has also deployed its … Continue reading

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‘RIP’ Obama’s Legacy – Medvedev

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US deploys troops to Baltic States and Poland

Last July during the previous NATO summit, the United States and the 27 other nations of the military alliance agreed to increase their presence in the three Baltic States and Poland.  Led by the United States, NATO will deploy approximately … Continue reading

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Kuznetsov

Today, it was announced that the aircraft-carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and its battle group will return from the Mediterranean Sea back to Russia.  Howver, the Kuznetsov’s time in the Mediterranean Sea has been plagued with problems since it was initially deployed … Continue reading

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American Sanctions and Russian Authoritarianism

The Obama administration has implemented several rounds of sanctions against Russia.  The sanctions began in March, 2014, when the Obama administration froze the assets of 16 high-ranking Russian government officials, 4 businessmen associated with Putin’s ‘inner circle,’ several members of parliament, … Continue reading

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The Big Picture

  My first post here on RR will highlight an important trend currently taking place in Russia.  Below, I created a graph using data from the World Bank and the Levada Center (a Russian analytical center) to show the impact … Continue reading

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