Russia

Editor’s Corner Winter 2022

Access the Winter 2022 of Orbis here. First, we need to remedy a serious oversight in not recognizing the editors who assembled the Fall 2021 special issue of Orbis, “Emerging Voices: Catalysts for Change,” developed under the aegis of...

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The Importance of Diplomacy

Access the Winter 2022 issue of Orbis here. IN REVIEW, Rose Gottemoeller, Negotiating the New Start Treaty, Cambria Press, 2021. In her book, Negotiating the New Start Treaty, Rose Gottemoeller provides a compelling first-hand account of the negotiation process that led to...

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Russia’s Enduring Role in the World

Access the Winter 2022 issue of Orbis here. IN REVIEW, John P. LeDonne, Forging a Unitary State: Russia’s Management of the Eurasian Space 1650-1850 (University of Toronto Press, 2020). From the seventeenth century on, Russia has been a potentate that has...

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Advice on Ukraine

In the Spring 2022 issue of Orbis, we are pleased to feature a conversation with the Honorable Dov S. Zakheim, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and vice chairman of the board for the Foreign...

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Moscow’s Compellence Strategy

How ambitious are Russia’s foreign policy objectives, and how much force does Moscow believe it must employ to achieve them? Moscow has submitted various ultimatums, but the most critical and pressing issue is that the Kremlin now regards Ukraine...

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Russia’s Escalation Management and a Baltic Nuclear-Weapon Free Zone

Access the Winter 2022 issue of Orbis here. Abstract This article examines the idea of a Baltic Nuclear-Weapon Free Zone (NWFZ) in the context of the Russian Federation’s deterrence and escalation management theories, largely as enunciated by Russian military theorists....

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Germany’s Russia Policy in Light of the Ukraine Conflict: Interdependence Theory and Ostpolitik

Access the Winter 2022 issue of Orbis here. Abstract Germany’s recent Ostpolitik (Eastern Policy) has become a major topic in Western discussions about how to deal best with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. This essay proceeds from Interdependence Theory to argue...

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The Balkans and Euro-Atlantic Energy Security

Access the Winter 2022 issue of Orbis here. Abstract Europe’s current energy crisis underscores its failure to deal adequately with the problems posed by increasing dependence one Russian gas. Particularly in the Balkans Russia’s oligopolistic position if not monopoly in some...

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When Does Putin’s Russia March Off to War?

Access the Winter 2022 issue of Orbis here. Abstract This article examines how seven potential drivers of the Russian Federation’s military interventions played out in seven instances in which Vladimir Putin was likely to have deliberated on whether or...

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At the Double: Poland’s Military Expansion

Poland’s defense budget, currently over two percent of the country’s GDP, is apparently set to grow further. In October 2021, Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński announced that his government intended to raise defense spending to “significantly higher” levels....

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