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 18, 2019 | Maria Snegovaya

This paper explores the correlates of Russia’s aggressive international policy and argues that rising oil revenues increase the aggressiveness of presidential foreign-policy rhetoric. Using content analysis and machine-learning techniques, I generate a measure of aggressive discourse as the share of...

Dec 3, 2018 | Rachael Gosnell

While concern about renewed international competition in the Arctic has attracted significant attention, the continuation of cooperation and adherence to international rules and norms of behavior is a far more likely outcome. The magnitude of activity in the region remains...

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...

Feb 7, 2019 | Maria Snegovaya

Contrary to conventional wisdom that views President Trump’s foreign policy as unpredictable, a recent Foreign Affairs analysis argues that in fact his most controversial positions—questioning NATO, seeking to pull out of Syria, starting trade wars—are all consistent with the worldview...

Dec 17, 2018 | Maria Snegovaya

What distinguishes U.S. policy on Russia under Donald Trump from other U.S. presidents?

A recent Foreign Policy Research Institute analysis argues that the current state of the U.S.-Russia relationship is unprecedented. Donald Trump has overseen a period of...

Nov 12, 2018 | Maria Snegovaya

What do the recent midterm elections in the United States and the resulting changes in the composition of Congress mean for U.S. foreign policy on Russia?

A recent Foreign Policy analysis focuses on the aftermath of the U.S. midterm...

Nov 8, 2018 | Olesia Gretskaia

What does the recent decision by President Donald Trump to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty mean for broader U.S.-Russian security relations? According to Amy Woolf, a Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy at the Congressional Research Service...