The Brief, August 2016


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August 8, 2016
The Fallout of Russian Aggression 

As Russia's aggression towards its neighbors and the United States grows, experts discussed its negative repercussions on security in Europe and the Middle East.

Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence John McLaughlin told that while no U.S. official has assigned blame for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer system, evidence points to Moscow as "Russia certainly has the expertise and a track record of using cyber tools in conflicts." Read more

European and Eurasian Studies Adjunct Professor Matthew Rojansky told NPR that Russia is no stranger to meddling in politics beyond its borders and "their support for fringe political parties and individual politicians within European countries has been well documented." Read more

Matthew Rojansky also said in The New York Times that potential Russian involvement was likely an attempt to "stir the pot" in American politics, rather than a direct endorsement for Republican president nominee Donald Trump. Read more

European Studies Adjunct Professor Christopher Chivvis noted in The Cipher Brief that Russian aggression also threatens its neighbors, as the government's "cavalier talk about nuclear weapons (has) demonstrated the Kremlin’s deep hostility and willingness to threaten Europe’s hard-won post-Cold War security." Read more

Russia’s damaged relationship with NATO has hampered the collective fight against the Islamic State. Conflict Management Program Director Daniel Serwer told Voice of America "we need Russian cooperation — in Syria, especially — and you're not going to get Russian cooperation if NATO is there." Read more  

Foreign Policy Institute Fellow Randa Slim said in Politico that Russia would benefit from cooperating with the U.S. on peace efforts in Syria because the "U.S. proposed plan meets a long-sought Russian demand for better intelligence and military coordination with the U.S." Read more
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