How to bring Russia into INF compliance — without triggering a war

By Anna J. Davidson ABSTRACT For all intents and purposes, the prevailing wisdom in both East and West suggests that the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is lost. On 4 March, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree officially terminating his country’s participation in the INF “until the United States of America rectifies its violations of …

Do Svidaniya, Chernobyl: Russian economic statecraft in Turkey and Belarus

By Anna J. Davidson "Nuclear energy technology is increasingly relied upon by Russian President Vladimir Putin as his instrument of choice in economic statecraft. Aside from pursuing advanced nuclear technologies such as the MBIR sodium-cooled fast reactor (the world’s most powerful research reactor), the Russian Federation and its state-owned organizations are capitalizing on the pursuit …

Trust But Verify: The Demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty

By Anna J. Davidson "The United States has officially announced that it is withdrawing from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Force Treaty in response to what it deems a “material breach” of the Treaty by the Russian Federation. Since 1987, the Treaty has served to limit American and Russian stockpiles of nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and …

Germany: The Subtle Mediator Between Russia and Ukraine

By Anna J. Davidson "When the Secretary of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, claimed in mid-January that the continuation of policies “by the Kiev authorities can contribute to the loss of Ukraine’s statehood,” members of the international security community expressed outrage at what appeared to be a blatant threat to Ukraine’s sovereignty. Nevertheless, impulsive proclamations …

Tensions Between Russia and Ukraine Escalate to Four-Year High

By Anna J. Davidson "The actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin should be easy to comprehend. According to prevailing wisdom, he is desperately attempting to solidify a sphere of influence along Russia’s borders and redeem a state with an aging population and stagnating economy from the humiliations it endured during the 1990s. To many in …