The relationship between the United States and Russia is among the most critical bilateral relationships in the world, with implications well beyond the two states themselves. Today, Russia’s foreign policy increasingly assertive, underpinned by a growing consensus among Russian analysts, scholars, and officials that Russia should play a larger role in the world, one where Moscow is free to act according to its own interests without being beholden to others and where no issue of global significance can be resolved without Russian participation. Meanwhile, the Russian economy is facing tremendous strain, due to a trifecta of lower oil prices, sanctions, and a failure to reform when the resources required to do so were plentiful. And Russia’s political space is ever shifting, even as actual decision-making appears ever-more centralized. In this dynamic environment, the imperative to understand Russian interests, actions, and, no less importantly, its people, is as great is it has ever been. The CSIS program of research and activities related to Russia seeks to study, educate, and connect specialists on Russia and specialists in Russia, to inform policymaking around the world. It is led by the Russia and Eurasia Program.
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