U.S.-Russian Security Relations

Fraught U.S.-Russian security dynamics have spurred reevaluations of the entire relationship between the two former Cold War adversaries. The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM)’s U.S.-Russia Security Relations project focuses on establishing a constructive agenda for the two countries that includes security issues where the risks for confrontation are high but where cooperation to reduce shared dangers is possible. 

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Jan 16, 2018 | Nilsu Goren

Turkey and NATO are experiencing a mutual crisis of confidence. Turkish policy makers lack confidence in NATO guarantees and fear abandonment—both prominent historical concerns. At the same time, policy makers within the alliance have begun to question Turkey’s intentions and...

Dec 19, 2017 | Amy J. Nelson

With all eyes seemingly turned towards the United States’ drive to renew defense innovation and restructure its channels for procurement, Europe’s efforts to do likewise might be too easily overlooked—or worse yet, misunderstood.  Over the past ten years, European countries...

May 1, 2017 | Catherine Kelleher

What conditions are needed for a stable transition to a new nuclear order, one in which the total number of nuclear weapons would be reduced to very low numbers, perhaps even zero? We have addressed the myriad issues raised by...

Jul 19, 2017 | Anya Loukianova Fink

Why is the global public so apathetic about nuclear disarmament? To answer this question, this article examines the various arguments made in support of policies meant to rid the world of atomic weapons. They include the immorality of deterrence, its...

Apr 24, 2018 | Paul Massaro

Combating corruption is a cornerstone of the OSCE’s work. Under the banner of “good governance” and “rule of law,” the OSCE provides expertise at its secretariat in Vienna and at field missions in certain participating states on how best to...

Apr 20, 2018 | Yevgen Zagudaev

In early 2016, Ukraine requested the deployment of an OSCE armed-police mission to its eastern regions to provide security in the run-up to the elections stipulated by the Minsk armistice. Two years later, discussions between Germany, Russia, France,...

Mar 30, 2018 | Rachael Gosnell

As the Arctic becomes increasingly accessible and as Arctic and Non-Artic states explore their strategic interests in the region, the potential for misunderstandings or even conflict rises. The Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum that includes all Artic-bordering states, has been...

Mar 30, 2018 | Erica Symonds

As one of the few security organizations counting both the United States and Russia as members, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is well positioned to help improve relations between the two. In the 1980s and 1990s,...