11/12 Weekly Roundup

Dear Readers,

The stunning election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America throws into question the entire strategic foundation of U.S. policy toward Russia and broader Euro-Atlantic security since the end of the Cold War. The latest edition of our Weekly Roundup pulls together the most cogent analyses in the past week attempting to shine a light on the possible ways forward amid these uncertain times. As always, thanks for reading and enjoy.

The number one reason to fix U.S.-Russian relations” by Josh Cohen (Reuters, 11 November 2016)

Here’s how Trump’s election will affect U.S.-Russian relations” by Joshua Tucker et al. (The Washington Post, 10 November 2016)

Why Russia has no reason to celebrate a Trump presidency yet” by Ivan Tsvetkov (Russia Direct, 10 November 2016)

The Paradox of Russia’s Support for Trump” by Maxim Trudolyubov (Kennan Institute, 10 November 2016)

Trump’s Victory Bodes Well for US-Russia Ties, But Expect No Tectonic Shifts” by Simon Saradzhyan and William Tobey (Russia Matters, 10 November 2016)

The Trump presidency: How will it affect ties with Russia?” by Fred Weir (Christian Science Monitor, 10 November 2016)

Surviving the Trumpocalypse: first thoughts…” by Mark Galeotti (In Moscow’s Shadows, 9 November 2016)

What does a Trump presidency mean for Russia?” by Chris Weafer (Business New Europe, 9 November 2016)

The Art of the Deal: Russia Is Keen For Trump’s Ad Hoc Diplomacy” by Vladimir Frolov (The Moscow Times, 9 November 2016)

Russia’s leaders have no idea how to handle Trump” by Evgeny Minchenko (Center on Global Interests, 7 November 2016)

Cordially,

Elisey and Peter 

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10/22 Weekly Roundup

Dear Readers, 

Enjoy our latest edition of the Weekly Roundup, a collection of must-read articles on U.S.-Russian relations and the broader Eurasia region compiled at The Elicitor each week. Make sure to check out this interview with Cliff Kupchan for an insightful take on the current state of U.S.-Russian relations, courtesy of the Eurasia Group. Also, see our media page for a video blowing up social media: a four-year-old Russian girl named Bella speaking seven different languages. We encourage you to share this newsletter with family, friends, and colleagues, subscribe to the Weekly Roundup, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy! 

A Race for an Unknown Prize” by Maxim Trudolyubov (Kennan Institute, 20 October 2016)

Whodunnit? Russia and Coercion Through Cyberspace” by Robert Morgus (War On The Rocks, 19 October 2016)

The Big Draw: Selling the Soviet Past” by Andrew North (Eurasianet, 19 October 2016)

Putin’s paranoia: fear and loathing inside the Kremlin” by Maeve Shearlaw (The Guardian, 18 October 2016)

Fort Ross forum: Fostering a new dialogue between Russia and the US” by Pavel Koshkin (Russia Direct, 18 October 2016)

Russia’s Syria Policy Upsets Central Asian Muslims” by Uran Botobekov (The Diplomat, 18 October 2016)

Corruption Is Killing Ukraine’s Economy” by Kenneth Rapoza (Forbes, 14 October 2016)

Putin’s Response Options to U.S. Cyber Attack” by Jeffrey Carr (Medium, 14 October 2016)

America’s Russia Policy Has Failed” by Thomas Graham and Matthew Rojansky (Foreign Policy, 13 October 2016)

Putin Urging Russian Officials to Return to Russia” by Bethania Palma (Snopes, 12 October 2016)

International Society and World Orders” by Richard Sakwa (Valdai Discussion Club, 11 October 2016)

Labor Conflicts in Russia Almost Double” (Sean’s Russia Blog, 11 October 2016)

Russia, China Can Help Kashmir Tensions” by Dmitri Trenin (Carnegie Moscow Center, 10 October 2016)

The South Caucasus Unfreezes” by Jeffrey Mankoff (Foreign Affairs, 10 October 2016)

Dealing with a simmering Ukraine-Russia conflict” by Fiona Hill and Steven Pifer (Brookings Institution, 6 October 2016)

Daughterland: Erotic patriotism and Russia’s future” by Maria Engstrom (Intersection, 27 September 2016)

Cordially,

Elisey and Peter

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10/1 Weekly Roundup

Dear Readers, 

Enjoy our latest edition of the Weekly Roundup, a collection of must-read articles on U.S.-Russian relations and the broader Eurasia region compiled at The Elicitor each week. Make sure to check out the latest essay from Guest Contributor Julian G. Waller on recent parliamentary elections in Belarus. Also, see our media page for a new recurring segment titled ‘To Infinity and Beyond The Headlines,” which highlights a few of the most eclectic stories covered in regional media over the last few weeks. We encourage you to share this newsletter with family, friends, and colleagues, subscribe to the Weekly Roundup, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Trump Through Russian Eyes” by Nina Krushcheva (Project Syndicate, 29 September 2016)

What Is Russia Up To, and Is It Time to Draw the Line?” by David Sanger (The New York Times, 29 September 2016)

Russia’s Next Move on Ukraine” by Dmitri Trenin (Carnegie Moscow Center, 27 September 2016)

Greenland’s receding icecap to expose top-secret US nuclear project” by Jon Henley (The Guardian, 27 September 2016) 

How Stable is Russia? Part 1” by Aaron Schwartzbaum (Bear Market Brief, 26 September 2016)

Uzbekistan: New Leader Carrying Out Personnel Overhaul” (Eurasianet, 26 September 2016)

Beyond utopia: rediscovering the lost legacy of Soviet design” by Tom Cubbin (The Calvert Journal, 26 September 2016)

Poland and cooperation with Turkey in the European Neighborhood” (Charles University in Prague, September 2016)

My experiences traveling as a black woman in Russia” by Oneika Raymond (Oneika the Traveller, 18 July 2016)

The State of Russian Studies in the United States” (ASEEES, July 2015)

Cordially,

Elisey and Peter

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9/24 Weekly Roundup

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Enjoy our latest edition of the Weekly Roundup, a collection of must-read articles on U.S.-Russian relations and the broader Eurasia region compiled at The Elicitor each week. Guest Contributor Julian G. Waller follows up with another essay on legislative elections in the post-Soviet space: the implications of two new opposition parliamentarians in Belarus. Also, please take a minute to sign a petition against the Sept. 5 decision to brand the Russian pollster Levada Center a ‘foreign agent.’ We encourage you to share this newsletter with family, friends, and colleagues, subscribe to the Weekly Roundup, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

That brief U.S.-Russia strategic partnership 15 years ago? New interviews reveal why it derailed” by Andrew Kuchins (The Washington Post, 23 September 2016)

Russia: let’s improve Baltic air safety! NATO: No thanks, we’ll pass” by Danielle Ryan, 23 September 2016)

Clinton’s New Hard Line on Moscow” by Molly O’Toole (Foreign Policy, 22 September 2013)

The Ebbing of Democracy in the Western Balkans” by Judy Dempsey (Carnegie Europe, 22 September 2016)

Color Commentary on Russia” by Jay Ogivly (Stratfor, 21 September 2016)

Unveiling the KGB school of economic management” by Ben Aris (bne IntelliNews, 21 September 2016)

Authoritarianism by Stealth: Russia After the Duma Elections” by Alexander Baunov (Carnegie Moscow, Center 21 September 2016) 

A fresh start for a new version of the KGB” by Ekaterina Grobman (Russia Direct, 20 September 2016)

The Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union: Geopolitics, Geo-Economics and Opportunities for Europe” by Sijbren de Jong (Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, September 2016)

Социально-экономическое развитие России: обретение новой динамики” by Dmitri Medvedev (Вопросы экономики, 2016)

Cordially, 

Elisey and Peter

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9/17 Weekly Roundup

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Enjoy our latest edition of the Weekly Roundup, a collection of must-read articles on U.S.-Russian relations and the broader Eurasia region compiled at The Elicitor each week. Make sure to read our most recent essay publication written by Guest Contributor Julian G. Waller in time for the Russian parliamentary elections this weekend. We encourage you to share this newsletter with family, friends, and colleagues, subscribe to the Weekly Roundup, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Polite Farmers and Gentleman Truckers at the Moscow Court” by Maxim Trudolyubov (Kennan Institute, 16 September 2016)

Russia at the Heart of a Conspiracy Theory Dividing Poland” by Ola Cichowlas (The Moscow Times, 16 September 2016)

Goodbye, Bastrykin? Work a Little Harder, Steal a Little Less” by Mark Galeotti (oDR, 15 September 2016) 

Combined Military Operations: The Practical Challenges of U.S.-Russia Cooperation in Syria (Part II)” by Michael Purcell (Center on Global Interests, 15 September 2016)

Origins of the war in Donbass” by Paul Robinson (Irrussianality, 14 September 2016)

Interview with Yabloko Duma Candidate Dmitri Gudkov” (sports.ru, 14 September 2016)

From Russia to MIT” by Caroline Knox (MIT News, 14 September 2016)

Why China Subsidizes Loss-Making Rail Transport via Russia and Kazakhstan” by Ivan Zuenko (Carnegie Moscow Center, 13 September 2016)

Gorgeous Maps of an Ugly War” by Tanvi Misra (CityLab, 9 September 2016)

Ukraine’s Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace” by Nicolai Petro (The National Interest, 7 September 2016)

Cordially,

Elisey and Peter

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9/10 Weekly Roundup

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Enjoy our latest edition of the Weekly Roundup, a collection of must-read articles on U.S.-Russian relations and the broader Eurasia region compiled at The Elicitor each week. Make sure to read our most recent essay publication written by Guest Contributor Julian G. Waller on the implications of the upcoming Duma elections for Putin’s regime. We encourage you to share this newsletter with family, friends, and colleagues, subscribe to the Weekly Roundup, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy! 

Preserving the Calm in Russia’s Muslim Community” by Alexey Malashenko (Carnegie Moscow Center, 9 September 2016) 

How ‘The State’ Survived the Collapse of the Soviet Union” by William Pomeranz (Kennan Institute, 8 September 2016)

Russia builds on G20 success in push to shed sanctions” by Nick Allen (IntelliNews, 8 September 2016)

Causes and Impact of Post-Soviet Collapse” by Tatzhit (Fort Russ, 7 September 2016)

Sure, the U.S. and Russia often meddle in foreign elections. Does it matter?” by Dov Levin (The Washington Post, 7 September 2016)

Russia: How to exercise political control” by Katherin Hille (Financial Times, 7 September 2016)

The Kremlin Really Believes That Hillary Wants to Start a War With Russia” by Clinton Ehlrich (Foreign Policy, 7 September 2016)

Magazine Defends Pro-Kremlin Piece” by Hayes Brown (Buzzfeed, 8 September 2016)

How to write a Russia ‘realist’ article” by Jim Kovpak (Russia Without BS, 7 September 2016)

Interview to Bloomberg” by Vladimir Putin (Kremlin, 5 September 2016)

Cordially,

Elisey and Peter

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9/3 Weekly Roundup

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Enjoy our latest edition of the Weekly Roundup, a collection of must-read articles on U.S.-Russian relations and the broader Eurasia region compiled at The Elicitor each week. Read our most recent essay publication written by Guest Contributor Julian G. Waller on the implications of the upcoming Duma elections for Putin’s regime. Explore media as well for a sendoff to Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov, featuring his pop-singing daughter and impressive parkour across Tashkent. We encourage you to share this newsletter with family, friends, and colleagues, subscribe to the Weekly Roundup, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy! 

Reforming Ukraine After the Revolutions” by Joshua Yaffa (The New Yorker, 5 September 2016)

Russia underperforms at pivoting” by Pavel Baev (PONARS Eurasia, 2 September 2016)

Putin Meets England’s Golden Youth” by yalensis (Awful Avalanche, 2 September 2016)

Has life in another star system contacted Russia?” by Aram Ter-Ghazaryan (Russia Beyond The Headlines, 2 September 2016)

Heirless in Tashkent: How Autocratic Regimes Manage a Succession” by Alexander Baunov (Carnegie Moscow Center, 1 September 2016)

The Arizona Election Hack Story Is An Embarrassment To Everyone Involved” by Jeffrey Carr (Medium, 31 August 2016)

The Tin God Behind the Iron Curtain: Observing the State in Russia’s Far East” by David Ramseur (Kennan Institute, 31 August 2016)

Russia: A Reading Guide” (Center on Global Interests, 30 August 2016)

What Russia can expect at the G20 Summit in China” by Anton Tamarovich (Russia Direct, 30 August 2016)

Russian Anti-Access and Area Denial (A2AD) Range” by Kathleen Weinberger (Institute for the Study of War, 29 August 2016)

Cordially,

Elisey and Peter

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8/27 Weekly Roundup

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Enjoy our latest edition of the Weekly Roundup, a collection of must-read articles on U.S.-Russian relations and the broader Eurasia region compiled at The Elicitor every week. We encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues, subscribe to the Weekly Roundup, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

How a Siberian Mom Took on Politics as Usual in Russia and Won” by Sarah Lindemann-Komarova (The Nation, 25 August 2016)

Trump and Clinton Have No Idea How to Deal With Putin” by Matthew Rojansky (Foreign Policy, 24 August 2016)

Out With the Old, In With the New for Russia’s Political Elite” by Andrei Kolesnikov (Carnegie Moscow Center, 24 August 2016)

Here’s The Hollywood-Worthy Rio Gymnastics Story You Didn’t Hear” by Chloe Angyal (Huffington Post, 24 August 2016)

Is Putin’s Russia Headed for a Systemic Collapse?” by Kirk Bennett (The American Interest, 23 August 2016)

Promised prosperity never arrived in Russian-held Crimea, locals say” by Maria Tsvetkova (Reuters, 23 August 2016)

Election Demons: Dostoevsky’s most political novel mirrors Trump’s America” by Ani Kokovovo (New Republic, 23 August 2016)

Russia’s no Western democracy; that doesn’t make it automatic adversary” by Harlan Ullman (United Press International, 22 August 2016)

Does Russia Want War With Ukraine? Not Really – Or Not Yet” by Simon Saradzhyan (The National Interest, 18 August 2016)

Hierarchy of Threats to Russia” by Andrei Sushentsov (The Washington Times, 18 August 2016)

Cordially,

Elisey and Peter

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8/19 Weekly Roundup

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Enjoy our latest installation of the Weekly Roundup, a collection of must-read articles on U.S.-Russian relations and the broader Eurasia region compiled at The Elicitor every Friday. Read our most recent essay and reflection publications written by Co-Founder Elisey Boguslavskiy and Guest Contributor Matt Fontana on NATO-Russia relations and great power conflict respectively. Explore media as well for a collection of dark political cartoons by the talented Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski. We encourage you to share this newsletter with family, friends, and colleagues, subscribe to the Weekly Roundup, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

There will be no ‘reset’ with Russia” by Angela Stent (The Washington Post, 18 August 2016)

The Last Days of Stalin by Joshua Rubenstein review” by Sheila Fitzpatrick (The Guardian, 18 August 2016)

Autumn Is Coming. Russian VKS in Iran” by Ruslan Mamedov (Russian International Affairs Council, 17 August 2016)

The Russian-Turkish Fling: Off Again on Again” by Henri J. Barkey (The American Interest, 17 August 2016)

PokeMaidan, or, How to Start a Moral Panic in Russia” by Eliot Borenstein (NYU Jordan Center, 17 August 2016)

Russia Resilient, But Just Barely” by Kenneth Rapoza (Forbes, 15 August 2016)

Russia’s Other Pipeline: Migration and Radicalization in the North Caucasus” by Denis Sokolov (Kennan Institute, 15 August 2016)

Michael Weiss, the Neocon’s Neocon” by Anatoly Karlin (The Unz Review, 15 August 2016)

Why Putin Fired His Chief of Staff and Longtime Ally” by Mikhail Fishman and Daria Litvinova (The Moscow Times, 12 August 2016)

Hopes for Arctic Shipping Cool Amid Other Interests” by Maeve Allsup (International Trade Daily, 12 August 2016)

Cordially,

Elisey and Peter

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8/12 Weekly Roundup

Dear Readers,

Enjoy our latest installation of the Weekly Roundup, a collection of must-read articles on U.S.-Russian relations and the broader Eurasia region compiled at The Elicitor every Friday. Read our most recent essay and reflection publications written by Co-Founder Elisey Boguslavskiy and Guest Contributor Matt Fontana on NATO-Russia relations and great power conflict respectively. Explore media as well for a collection of dark political cartoons by the talented Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski. We encourage you to share this newsletter with family, friends, and colleagues, subscribe to the Weekly Roundup, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy! 

Vladimir Putin Has Already Won Our Election” by John Schindler (The Observer, 13 August 2016)

Is Russia Safe From Extremist Attacks Like Those In Europe?” by Dmitri Trenin (Newsweek, 12 August 2016)

The Putin Question” by Anders Aslund (Project Syndicate, 12 August 2016)

Two scenarios for what Turkey wants from Russia now” by Matt Finucane (Russia Direct, 12 August 2016)

Putin Dismisses Sergei Ivanov, a Long-Time Ally, as Chief of Staff” by Neil MacFarquhar (The New York Times, 12 August 2016)

Two views of Russia” by Paul Robinson (Irrussianality, 11 August 2016)

Crawling to the Mountain Top” by Oleksandr Vershynin (LinkedIn, 11 August 2016)

NATO Deterrence and the Russian Specter in the Baltics” by Michael Kofman (Kennan Institute, 10 August 2016)

Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet” by Damir Marusic (The American Interest, 10 August 2016) 

Kramatorsk, Two Years On” by Hannah Thoburn (Atlantic Council, 10 August 2016)

In vilifying Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova, Americans are splashing murky waters” by Sally Jenkins (The Washington Post, 10 August 2016)

Competing Narratives of the Crimean ‘Terrorist Attacks’” by Digital Forensic Research Lab (Medium, 10 August 2016)

Vladimir and Nicholas: Putinism enters a new historic phase” by Mark Galeotti (European Council on Foreign Relations, 9 August 2016) 

Who Lost Russia Response: The Washington Quarterly” by Bryan Rosenthal (International Affairs Review, 9 August 2016)

Mobster or Central Banker? Spanish Cops Allege This Russian Both” by Esteban Duarte, Henry Meyer and Evegenia Pismennaya (Bloomberg, 8 August 2016)

Это – война” (Новая Газета, 8 August 2016)

NATO, Stop Expanding Eastward” by Jeffrey Tayler (Defense One, 8 August 2016)

Hey, Kremlin: Americans can make loose talk about nukes, too” by Steven Pifer (Brookings Institution, 4 August 2016)

Russia’s Contradictory Relationship with the West” by Peter Zwack (PRISM, 3 August 2016)

Tracing Alaska’s Russian Heritage” by Fen Montaigne (Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2016)

Cordially,

Elisey and Peter

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