9/18 Weekly Roundup

Dear Readers,

Enjoy our latest installation of the Weekly Roundup, a collection of must-read articles on U.S.-Russian relations compiled at The Elicitor every Friday. Read our most recent essay publication written by The Elicitor Guest Contributor Matt Fontana who argues the rich diplomatic history of the United States and Russia may serve as a foundation for improvements in bilateral relations today. Also, check out our media page for a cute video of a Russian man bringing his pet bear to vote in Omsk. We appreciate the outpouring of support since the launch and encourage you to subscribe to the Weekly Roundup newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Russia does not have the means or desire to defeat ISIS in Syria and Vladimir Putin knows it” by Gustav Gressel (International Business Times, 17 September 2015)

Russian Aid to Syria Designed to Shift Focus From Ukraine” by Michele Kelemen (NPR, 17 September 2015)

As Tensions Rise in the East, Europe’s Militaries Shop for Heavier Weapons” by Marcus Weisgerber (Defense One, 17 September 2015)

The Spirit of Lviv” by Ilya Lozovsky (Foreign Policy, 16 September 2015)

U.S. Denounces Russian ‘Move’ to Close American Cultural Center in Moscow” (RFE/RL, 16 September 2015)

Marks of Weakness, Marks of Woe: When the United States Goes Weak, Russia Strikes” by Ralph Peters (War on the Rocks, 15 September 2015)

West ‘ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria’s Assad step aside“‘ by Julien Borger and Bastien Inzaurralde (The Guardian, 15 September 2015)

Five Questions GOP Candidates Should Answer About Putin” by Terrell Starr (Atlantic Council, 15 September 2015)

Russia and America’s forgotten wartime friendship” by Mikalai Anishchanka (The Guardian, 14 September 2015) 

The True Extent of Russia’s Dependency on Oil and Gas” by Andrey Movchan (Moscow Carnegie Centre, 14 September 2015)

Former Russian rebels trade war in Ukraine for posh life in Moscow” by Andrew Roth (The Washington Post, 13 September 2015)

В России впервые с 2012 года может пройти второй тур выборов” by Жанна Ульянова, Михаил Рубин, and Фарида Рустамова (РБК, 13 September 2015)

Why Russia Still Loves Putin” by Alec Luhn (Politico, 12 September 2015)

Donald Trump Says Ukraine Crisis Reflects Obama’s Weakness” by Neil MacFarquhar (The New York Times, 12 September 2015)

How Russia and America Make the Same Mistakes in Syria” by Pavel Baev and Jeremy Shapiro (Brookings Institute, 11 September 2015)

Russian Public Opinion and the Ukraine Conflict” by Denis Volkov (Carnegie Moscow Centre, 9 September 2015)

Французско-российская идентичность” by Анна Митрофанова (Мир и Политики, 4 September 2015)

Diplomacy at the Top of the World” by James Collins, Ross Virginia, and Kenneth Yalowitz (Project Syndicate, 26 August 2015)


Elisey and Peter


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