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  • Shashank Mittal asked: How do US–Russia relations affect India?

    Rajorshi Roy replies: Over the last eight years, US–Russia relations have deteriorated to a historic low. The Ukrainian crisis has only added to the bilateral friction amidst fears of a redo of the Cold War era animosity and zero-sum game calculation. With their differences over Russia’s position in global affairs appearing fundamental, it is unlikely that a modus vivendi between the two Great Powers is in the offing in the near future. Such a scenario complicates India's foreign policy options.

    A Step Beyond Sabre Rattling: Notes from the Ukraine–Russia Cyberconflict

    Cyberconflict in Ukraine has become normalised in that it is focused, there is no lasting damage, and it effectively conveys a sense of helplessness to the affected government and population. At the same time, it signals to other governments that they are not impervious to such attacks.

    February 23, 2022

    Relevance of Normandy Format Talks in the Ukrainian Crisis

    The Ukrainian crisis is less about Ukraine, its national politics and foreign policy, and more about redefining the rules not only of the European security but also the international order and the simmering rivalry between great powers in particular.

    February 15, 2022

    Ukraine Crisis and US–Russia Face-off at UN Security Council

    As the emerging Cold War theatrics and veto politics threaten to further paralyse the functioning of UNSC, the Ukraine crisis is unlikely to abate any time soon.

    February 08, 2022

    Deciphering Russia’s New Nuclear Strategy

    Russia’s new nuclear strategy is both a tactical and a strategic document. It leaves the door open for adversaries to recalibrate their strategies while giving Russia the scope to manoeuvre the ongoing turbulence in its ties with the US

    June 23, 2020

    Russia’s Engagement with the Taliban

    In December 2015, the Russian Foreign Ministry revealed that Russia was engaging in intelligence sharing with the Taliban to counter the growing presence of the Islamic State in Afghanistan.

    June 21, 2017

    US–Russia Confrontation and a New Global Balance

    Although the US–Russia relations are hardly the central axis of contemporary international relations, the systemic confrontation between Moscow and Washington, which began in 2014, will become a decisive factor for the emerging international order. This confrontation was caused by factors much deeper than a mere clash of national interests in Ukraine or Syria.

    November 2016

    Syria: The Cease-Fire that was and wasn’t

    The Kerry-Lavrov agreement did not work because those who had to cease fire were not willing to abide by it.

    September 23, 2016

    John Kerry’s visit to Sochi: The new dynamics of Russia-U.S. engagement

    John Kerry’s visit to Sochi: The new dynamics of Russia-U.S. engagement

    The new contours of a Russia-U.S. engagement appear to be shaping up. There is a growing realization in the U.S. that treating Russia as an adversary can be counter-productive.

    June 11, 2015

    Crimean crisis: A New Phase of Cold War?

    Putin seems to have concluded that Russia must draw the line at Ukraine. The EU bid to sign trade agreement with Ukraine in December drew Russia’s ire and now Russia has moved to make Crimea its part thus changing the borders in Europe once again and deepening the distrust between Russia and the West at a time when serious issues like Syria, Iran and Afghanistan are yet to be resolved.

    March 21, 2014

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