the Bear and the Eagle

U.S.-Russian Security Relations

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!

When I first got interested in arms control as a terrified college student living in Europe during the early 1980s, I knew little about what ISKRAN Director Georgy Arbatov and other experts were doing to keep Soviet leaders from over-reacting to...

Dec 15, 2017 |

Spending the last several months as a visiting scholar at CISSM and the School of Public Policy (SPP) has been a valuable experience for me. By interacting with CISSM experts, participating in CISSM events, attending SPP classes, and engaging other experts in the area, I’ve developed a deeper understanding of how Americans in particular view problems of international security. 

Academic approaches to international security share many common features across borders. But scholars from different countries always bring somewhat different knowledge...

Nov 30, 2017 | Anya Loukianova Fink

Since the mid-2000s, Russian security analysts and military officials have worked to outline a vision for Russia’s own “strategic deterrence” (стратегическое сдерживание). In a 2008 speech, president of the Academy of Military Sciences Makhmut Gareev highlighted the importance of a new “strategic deterrence strategy” that included military and non-military approaches as a response to threats posed to Russia’s security by globalization, trends in geopolitics, and uses of military force.  The term “strategic deterrence” has since made appearances in...

Nov 23, 2017 | Guest author

It is easy to get disheartened working in the security field, particularly in light of the current state of U.S.-Russian relations. We are up against grave challenges rooted in long-term grievances with no immediate policy resolution in sight. Will our contributions to security cooperation make a difference in the long term when running up against larger geopolitical forces?

Nov 21, 2017 | Naoko Aoki

Experts are divided over whether Russia can play a constructive role in de-escalating tensions over the North Korean nuclear problem. As someone who looks at North Korea, I think Moscow can and should play a role in reducing tensions.  Here is why.

Oct 18, 2017 | Clay Ramsay

President Trump’s refusal to re-certify that the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the United States, Russia, and other world powers still serves U.S. security interests leaves Russian policymakers with a confounding set of new questions. 

Sep 25, 2017 | Sergey Rogov

Relations between Washington and Moscow are at their lowest point in many decades and have entered what I would call the Cold War 2.0. Objectively, there is no reason for a new Cold War: There is no ideological confrontation between communism and democracy and no global competition between economic and political systems. Yet, the relationship between Russia and the United States continues to deteriorate and become more and more dangerous.

Sep 22, 2017 | Nancy Gallagher

Those who care about U.S.-Russian security cooperation have been forced since the early 2000s to keep finding fresh ways to describe each downward step. Relations have repeatedly hit “their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.” A recent Washington Post op-ed opened with the vivid image of U.S.-Russian relations being “deep in a ditch.” 

The most recent round in the downward spiral began last year, when the Obama administration responded to strong evidence of Russian interference...