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Russia & Central Asia

As Sanctions are Lifted, Russia Eyes Trade Opportunities with Iran

As Sanctions are Lifted, Russia Eyes Trade Opportunities with Iran

As Iran’s economy is likely to become a bonanza for foreign companies in the upcoming years, Russia is preparing to secure its share.

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Living in Interesting Times in Central Asia

Living in Interesting Times in Central Asia

Uzbekistan’s president is dead, a suicide bomber struck the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan leader cracked down on widespread demonstrations.

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Future Russian Leaders Might Regret Putin’s ‘fresh start’ With Erdogan

Future Russian Leaders Might Regret Putin’s ‘fresh start’ With Erdogan

The Kremlin keeps accusing the West of meddling in Russian politics but embraces Turkey that openly claims large swaths of its territory.

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Japan Charts More Independent Course to Improve Russian Relations

Japan Charts More Independent Course to Improve Russian Relations

Japan realizes, irrespective of U.S. wishes, that it needs better relations with Russia in order to more effectively balance China within the region.

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China and Russia Join Hands for Internet Censorship

China and Russia Join Hands for Internet Censorship

China and Russia are trying to establish a system of their own for internet governance as an alternative to the “hegemonic” Western system they fear.

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Putin Emerges as a Winner in the Panama Papers Scandal

Putin Emerges as a Winner in the Panama Papers Scandal

Despite economic turmoil and challenged political credibility of Russia on the world stage, the Panama Papers revelations will not pose a significant threat to the stability of Putin’s regime but will worsen Russia-U.S. relations and the country’s image in the West.

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The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and geopolitical chessboard of the South Caucasus

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and geopolitical chessboard of the South Caucasus

The recent fighting outbreak in Nagorno-Karabakh, the worst in a twenty years period, reveals a sweeping complexity of the longstanding geopolitical chessboard that is the South Caucasus.

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What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for U.S.-Russia Relations

What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for U.S.-Russia Relations

A Donald Trump presidency could certainly bring some positive dynamics to U.S.-Russia relations but will not be a game-changer.

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China, the United States and the Future of Central Asia

China, the United States and the Future of Central Asia

Given the amount of money already committed to supporting Afghanistan’s development, the effects of increased spending in Central Asia would be limited. Rather, the U.S. should withdraw from the region, leaving China and Russia to battle over influence.

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Russia’s Mideast Overextension: Khrushchev & Putin

Russia’s Mideast Overextension: Khrushchev & Putin

Is Putin committing the same Cold War Soviet error of overextending into the Middle East in order to camouflage its internal weaknesses with external displays of strength?

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No Policy Not an Option in Central Asia

No Policy Not an Option in Central Asia

Why should Central Asia even be on the US’ radar?

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Antagonism with Russia Shifts to Courtrooms

Antagonism with Russia Shifts to Courtrooms

High profile court cases have become the latest battleground between familiar adversaries: Russia and the West.

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The Iron Dome in NATO-Russia Relations

The Iron Dome in NATO-Russia Relations

Canada made an agreement recently to adopt the radar technology behind the Iron Dome anti-aircraft missile system.

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Kyrgyzstan’s Eastward Slide

Kyrgyzstan’s Eastward Slide

NGOs, aid workers and human rights groups will be the first to feel the wrath of Krygyzstan’s eastward slide.

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Russia and the World are not on Good Terms

Russia and the World are not on Good Terms

Russia and Putin are projecting an image to the world that isn’t winning it many friends.

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