U.S. Strategic Competition with Russia
[Technical Report, Research Report]
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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This research primer presents key findings and themes from recent RAND research on the strategic competition between Russia and the United States. This review of RAND reports since 2015 highlights nine major findings 1 The U.S.-Russia strategic competition likely will belong-lasting 2 states in between Russia and NATO are at the center of this competition 3 conventional war is unlikely but the United States should still prepare for it 4 Russian hostile actions below the threshold of war will likely continue 5 Russias achievements in this competition are limited so far 6 the United States could diminish its advantage by implementing the wrong policies 7 engagement remains possible and desirable with Russia 8 the United States can help its allies and partners address gray zone threats and 9 these allies and partners can help the United States prevail in the competition. The findings and themes suggest several topics for further research, such as conditions within the in-between countries Baltic states military and civilian capability gaps deterrence impacts, improvements, and exercises the military, political, social, and economic vulnerabilities of U.S. allies and partners and the fault lines between U.S. adversariesfor instance, between Russia and China.
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