U.S.-Russian Security Relations

Fraught U.S.-Russian security dynamics have spurred reevaluations of the entire relationship between the two former Cold War adversaries. The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM)’s U.S.-Russia Security Relations project focuses on establishing a constructive agenda for the two countries that includes security issues where the risks for confrontation are high but where cooperation to reduce shared dangers is possible. 

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Jan 16, 2018 | Nilsu Goren

Turkey and NATO are experiencing a mutual crisis of confidence. Turkish policy makers lack confidence in NATO guarantees and fear abandonment—both prominent historical concerns. At the same time, policy makers within the alliance have begun to question Turkey’s intentions and...

Dec 19, 2017 | Amy J. Nelson

With all eyes seemingly turned towards the United States’ drive to renew defense innovation and restructure its channels for procurement, Europe’s efforts to do likewise might be too easily overlooked—or worse yet, misunderstood.  Over the past ten years, European countries...

May 1, 2017 | Catherine Kelleher

What conditions are needed for a stable transition to a new nuclear order, one in which the total number of nuclear weapons would be reduced to very low numbers, perhaps even zero? We have addressed the myriad issues raised by...

Jul 19, 2017 | Anya Loukianova Fink

Why is the global public so apathetic about nuclear disarmament? To answer this question, this article examines the various arguments made in support of policies meant to rid the world of atomic weapons. They include the immorality of deterrence, its...

Jan 31, 2018 | Guest author

The U.S. tax overhaul, which became law after President Trump signed the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act,” may become the most significant element of Trump’s domestic economic policy. It's unclear however, how the combination of tax cuts and increased military and...

Jan 12, 2018 | Devin Entrikin

Russian and U.S. diplomats opposed commencing formal negotiations on legal or politically binding international measures aimed at governing the development, possession, or use of lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) at the first Group of Governmental Experts meeting held on the...

Jan 3, 2018 | Guest author

Developments in the global trade of liquefied natural gas (LNG) promise to substantially benefit energy-strapped European countries in the coming years, but they also have the potential to lead to increased competition between the United States and Russia—who are two...

Dec 18, 2017 | Nancy Gallagher

Congratulations to the Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies (ISKRAN) on half a century of helping your government try to understand and interact constructively with the United States – a sometimes difficult, if not impossible task!

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