About Russia Maritime Studies Institute
At sea, Russia is asserting itself in regions that it considers strategically vital, including the Black Sea, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea, and in the Arctic, while its improving nuclear missile submarine force once again presents the United States and NATO nations with a significant challenge. The mission of the Russia Maritime Studies Institute (RMSI) is to conduct research into these maritime issues on behalf of the U.S. Navy and NATO partners. In consultation with appropriate U.S. Navy elements such as U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR); Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), 6th Fleet, 7th Fleet, and others, it develops and executes a broad research agenda and then disseminates finished research to Navy leadership and the fleet.
Goals for RMSI Click to Open
The goals for this institute are to:
- Inform Navy, Fleet, Joint Force, and NATO decision making with regard to Russian maritime issues.
- Provide analysis to support U.S. planning and engagement efforts.
- Educate U.S. Navy personnel on Russian maritime issues.
- Develop new knowledge that contributes to scholarship and a deeper understanding of the issue associated with Russia from both a theater and global perspective.
To achieve these goals, RMSI conducts research into a wide variety of issues, including naval policy, strategy, and operations; maritime technologies; shipbuilding; maritime law; deterrence; and naval diplomacy.
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Furthermore, taking advantage of the intellectual capital of the region affords RMSI the opportunity to develop deep intellectual synergies. Based at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, RMSI resides at the nexus of academia, policy and operational communities. NWC contributes broad, multi-dimensional research, analysis, and gaming competencies fused with significant linguistic and technical capabilities, built on the experiences of more than 100 years of pioneering strategic thinking about maritime issues, opportunities, and challenges.
Building upon this capability, location, and experience, RMSI continues seeking collaborative partnerships with government research centers, civilian academic institutions, and other organizations. Together, these collaborative efforts will continue to enable RMSI to conduct detailed research on Russia’s maritime development and inform senior level decisions.
Recent RMSI Research
Russian Maritime Doctrine Click to Open
The 2015 Maritime Doctrine of the Russian Federation is arguably one of the most important doctrinal statements to emerge from that country in recent years. It is in any case Russia’s most important recent articulation of its maritime interests and goals, and therefore provides insight into how Moscow envisions Russia’s global role. Yet because of the challenges of reading Russian and the absence of a publicly available translation of this essential document, western understanding of it is largely limited.
2015 Maritime Doctrine of the Russian Federation
Russian-Syrian Naval and Air Basing Agreements 2015 – 2020 Click to Open
Since Moscow’s formal intervention in the Syrian conflict in September 2015, the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic have concluded a 49-year lease for the use and expansion of the naval base at Tartus, and a separate agreement on stationing the Russian "aviation group" at Humaymim airfield in Syria. These agreements build off longstanding Russian-Syrian ties, treaties, and cooperation agreements, and form the legal basis for Russia’s long-term presence in Syria. Further, the agreements denote the rights and protections Russian military members and contractors enjoy in Syria.
Russian-Syrian Naval and Air Basing Agreements 2015 – 2020
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