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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Sep 4, 2017 | Anya Loukianova Fink

This paper defines crisis stability, places it into a broad historical context, and outlines some of its challenges today. For the purposes of our discussion, “crisis stability” is a state in which parties to a confrontation do not have incentives...

Apr 30, 2018 | Devin Entrikin

The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) hosted a group of seven students and researchers from the School of World Politics and International Security at the Institute for the U.S. and Canada Studies of the Russian Academy...

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 31, 2018 | Theresa Hitchens

Concerns that the increasing lack of security in the cybersphere could lead to conflict among states have been growing since the late 1990s. Russia introduced the first United Nations (UN) resolution on this topic in 1998. Since that time, there...

Apr 24, 2018 | Paul Massaro

Combating corruption is a cornerstone of the OSCE’s work. Under the banner of “good governance” and “rule of law,” the OSCE provides expertise at its secretariat in Vienna and at field missions in certain participating states on how best to...

Apr 20, 2018 | Yevgen Zagudaev

In early 2016, Ukraine requested the deployment of an OSCE armed-police mission to its eastern regions to provide security in the run-up to the elections stipulated by the Minsk armistice. Two years later, discussions between Germany, Russia, France,...

Mar 30, 2018 | Rachael Gosnell

As the Arctic becomes increasingly accessible and as Arctic and Non-Artic states explore their strategic interests in the region, the potential for misunderstandings or even conflict rises. The Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum that includes all Artic-bordering states, has been...