Russian Foreign Affairs – February, 2017

Russia's Foreign Ministry building is a major landmark of downtown Moscow. The Ministry itself, however, is experiencing budget and staff cuts.

Russian Foreign Affairs in the News
February, 2017

SSI-banner Russian foreign policy and foreign policies concerning Russia have been of particular interest to those following world affairs lately. With Russia’s more assertive stance on the world stage, Russia’s absorption of Crimea, and resulting sanctions, arms buildups, and global geopolitical restructuring and repositioning, keeping a close eye on this part of the world is especially important to understanding global security and international politics.

This free resource serves to track and analyze these issues as they develop in Eurasia.


Four NATO Nations Would Pick Russia to Defend Them If Threatened: Poll
The four countries are Bulgaria, Greece, Slovenia, and Turkey. This was a poll of citizens of those countries.

Poll: American’s Approval of Putin Small but Growing
Only 6% of Americans don’t have a strong opinion to voice of Russia’s leader.

Poll: More Americans Consider Russia a Threat
82% said Russia is a general threat. That’s up from 76% in March 2015.

Russia’s Incredible Shrinking Foreign Ministry
As the US State Department faces major cuts, so too is Russia’s foreign ministry shrinking in size and power.

Space-X Delays May Kick NASA Off ISS
NASA has bought seats with Russia through 2018, the report said. But there could be a problem if Boeing and SpaceX face further delays, because it typically takes three years to procure seats from Russia, the report said.

Central-Asia-StudiesIntelligence Sharing With Russia: A Practitioner’s Perspective

How does do intelligence systems work and how does that affect intelligence sharing?

FSB Breaks Up Russia’s Most Notorious Hacker Group
The alleged leader of the Anonymous International hacker group, also known as Shaltai-Boltai, has been arrested along with important officials in the security services who collaborated with the group.

A Comparative Guide to Russia’s Use of Force
Although Russian military power remains a blunt force instrument, the state wields it more like a rapier, demonstrating discretion and timing.

Putin’s Mercenaries
Russia has recently started using private mercenary forces abroad, a practice already well established by larger militaries such as that of the US. Why has Russia made this shift in policy now?

How America Planned to Fight a Nuclear War Against the USSR
A short history of how the US military changed in the face of the nuclear age.

The America-USSR Propaganda Wars
Soviet attempts to counter US propaganda included building 1600 radio jamming stations.

Policy and Conflict Post SovietRussia’s Gazprom Owns 34% of European Gas Market
Russia’s share of Europe’s market is growing, despite moves to prevent that by the EU.

Towards a Realist American Russia Policy
Gordon Hahn discusses how the US could move away from idealism and towards realism.

Putinism as Gaullism
Putinism has the echoes of post-war France, and of its president.

Why Putin Would Not Build the Wall With Mexico
Bans, or even visas, for Central Asians, have never become a real talking point on the Kremlin’s agenda.

Russian Political Talk Shows as Pluralism or State Control?
Because of the fight for ratings and fierce competition, the genre of political talk shows is constantly evolving in Russia.

About the Author

Michael Filitis
Michael Filitis is a recent MA graduate from the University of Chicago where he concentrated on early Soviet nationalities policy, propaganda, and the rise of nationalism in Eastern Europe. A recipient of SRAS's Home and Abroad Scholarship his current focus is the improvement of his Russian language skills with the goal of pursuing a Phd in Russian history and political science. Outside of academia, he enjoys playing and composing music, eating to excess, movies about space, and contemplating a more active lifestyle.
Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs.