Russian Foreign Affairs – May, 2016

US State Department chart showing intercept lines for Iranian-fired and Russian-fired missiles aimed at the US.

Russian Foreign Affairs in the News
May, 2016

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.


US Activates Missile Defense System
The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania on Thursday that it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states but the Kremlin says is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal.

Managing Risks in the Russia-United States Conflict
The new standoff is, unlike the Cold War, distinctly asymmetrical.

Putin: Crimea No Longer Dependent on Ukraine for Power
Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the launch of a fourth and final line supplying electricity from Russia to Crimea on Wednesday, saying the project had broken an energy blockage he accused Kiev of imposing on the peninsula.

About the Author

Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson holds an MA in Theater and a BA in History from Idaho State University. He has lived in Moscow, Russia since 2003. Josh is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies. He assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs. He is also the editor of the SRAS newsletter, director of SRAS's Online Projects Initiative and the editor-in-chief for Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies.