• Strategic Comments

    Slow disarmament progress will hamper NPT review

    24 April 2015. 

    The month-long NPT 'RevCon' will take place against the background of several regional confrontations and conflicts. Recent agreement in talks on Iran's nuclear programme may generate some optimism, but Russia's actions in Ukraine have considerably altered threat perceptions in the West.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tom Waldwyn: Ukraine’s navy – one year after the seizure of Crimea

    17 April 2015.  By Tom Waldwyn, Assistant Research Analyst for Maritime Forces and Defence Industry The Ukrainian navy has been much reduced over the past 13 months. In February 2014, Ukraine’s naval headquarters were at Sevastopol; one year later they had been moved to Odessa, with only one principal surface combatant and seven patrol and coastal combatants (down from ten). With the annexation by Russia of Crimea, Ukraine lost the bulk of its naval...

  • Expert Commentary

    Problems in Post-Communism: Making Sense of Russian Foreign Policy

    17 April 2015.  Introduction to a special issue of Problems of Post-Communism guest edited by Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, and Cory Welt Russian foreign policy in the Putin era has drawn particular attention, and even praise, from the realist school of international relations scholars. John J. Mearsheimer, for example, has written that “Putin and his compatriots have been thinking and acting according to realist dictates” in their policy toward Ukraine. Indeed, senior Russian...

  • Strategic Comments

    Ukraine ceasefire remains a work in progress

    15 April 2015. 

    The long-term viability of the February 2015 ceasefire agreement depends on Kiev's ability to implement contentious constitutional reforms. Until it has done so, Russia does not have to cede control of the border.

  • Events

    Russia and the West: A New Cold War?

    15 April 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Matthew Kroenig
    Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council 
    Jeremy Shapiro
    Fellow, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution
    Chair: Dana Allin
    Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs and Editor of Survival, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 15 April 2015

  • Politics and Strategy

    Steven Pifer: NATO’s deterrence challenge is conventional, not nuclear

    07 April 2015.  [Ed. note: This is an extract from a forum on NATO and Russia in the April–May 2015 issue of Survival. The complete forum, featuring additional contributions by Egon Bahr and Götz Neuneck, Lukasz Kulesa and Mikhail Troitskiy, along with a reply from Matthew Kroenig, can be found here.] In the February–March 2015 issue of Survival, Matthew Kroenig argues that NATO faces a resurgent Russia that could threaten Alliance members, and offers...

  • Survival

    Forum: NATO and Russia

    25 March 2015. 

    In the last issue of Survival, Matthew Kroenig proposed a new NATO strategy towards Russia. We invited American, European and Russian experts to react.

  • Survival

    Fantasy Counterfactual: A Nuclear-Armed Ukraine

    25 March 2015. 

    The suggestion that Ukraine should have kept its Soviet-era nuclear weapons is a counterfactual fantasy that groans under the weight of its technical, political and strategic assumptions.

  • Survival

    Consequences of a New Cold War

    25 March 2015. 

    To end Russian intervention in its neighbourhood, the West might have to recognise its special role there, and forswear further enlargement of NATO and the EU.

  • Expert Commentary

    Financial Times: The purpose of Putin’s diplomatic acrobatics

    24 March 2015.  In an op-ed for the Financial Times, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia Samuel Charap examines why Russian President Vladimir Putin has persisted in denying his country's involvement in the Ukraine crisis. Although this decision has destroyed Putin's credibility among his diplomatic counterparts, Charap argues that it may be an attempt to preserve the very international order that Russia's actions have so clearly violated. Charap suggests that by refusing to acknowledge this...

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