Special Report: Russia, Between Ambition and Reality


By The Editors, on Dec. 1, 2011, Report

Over the past decade, Russia's resurgence has led to conflict and reset with the U.S. and a muscular, energy-based reassertion of influence in Eurasia and beyond. But Moscow's efforts to regain its tarnished superpower status are threatened by fundamental weaknesses that could undermine its ambitions. This WPR report examines Russia, between ambition and reality.

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Strategic Vision


Strategic Posture Review: Russia
Richard Weitz
November 30, 2011

Re-Examining Russia's Putin-Medvedev Tandem
By Nikolas Gvosdev
September 30, 2011

U.S.-Russia Relations


Putin not a Game-Changer for U.S.-Russia Ties
By Richard Weitz
September 27, 2011

The U.S. and Russia: Reinventing a Relationship
By Deana Arsenian and Andrey Kortunov
December 1, 2010

Debunking the 'Russia Threat' Hype
By Thomas P.M. Barnett
August 15, 2011

Lavrov's Visit Reflects U.S.-Russia 'Normalization'
By Richard Weitz
July 19, 2011

Gates' Moscow Mission Highlights U.S.-Russia Thaw
By Richard Weitz
March 24, 2011

Don't Sweat the Russia 'Reset'
By Daragh McDowell
August 22, 2011

U.S.-Russia Reset on Display in Afghanistan
By Nikolas Gvosdev
July 1, 2011

Russia-NATO

Parsing Medvedev's Statement on NATO Missile Defense
By Richard Weitz
November 29, 2011

Countdown Begins on NATO-Russia BMD Deal
By Nikolas Gvosdev
July 8, 2010

Diplomacy

A New Era in China-Russia Relations?
By Iain Mills
October 18, 2011

Russia's Korean Agenda
By Richard Weitz
September 20, 2011

Why Russia Is Challenging Japan Over Kurils
By Richard Weitz
March 1, 2011

The Russia-India Partnership Loses Its Luster
By Rupakjyoti Borah
December 23, 2010

Energy

In Ukraine-Russia Gas Dispute, Kiev Runs Out of Leverage
By Daragh McDowell
October 4, 2011

Gazprom's Inroads Highlight EU's Energy Policy Woes
By Matthew Hulbert
July 28, 2011

South Stream Revival and EU-Russian Energy Relations
By Andrea Bonzanni
April 5, 2011

Russia Shores Up 'Near Abroad' With Belarus Oil Deal
By Matt Stone
January 12, 2011

Security

Russia Committed to Military Reform
By Richard Weitz
May 31, 2011

Russia's 'Natural Security' Deficit
By Nikolas Gvosdev
May 20, 2011

Russian Air Power on the Rebound
By Richard Weitz
August 23, 2011

Bin Laden's Death Leaves Russia With Strategic Void
By Nikolas Gvosdev
May 13, 2011

Hard Realities for Russian Rearmament
By Richard Weitz
March 15, 2011

The Russian Navy's Strategic Limitations
By Robert Farley
February 16, 2011

Russia's Demographic Timebomb
By Richard Weitz
February 15, 2011