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Russia & Central Asia

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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Russian NGO Laws Deliver Another Blow

Russian NGO Laws Deliver Another Blow

Russia's foreign NGO laws have delivered another hit — this time to one of the U.S.'s largest foundations.

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Russian Missile Sale and Iran’s Rearmament

Russian Missile Sale and Iran’s Rearmament

The sale of arms and ballistic missiles to Iran by Russia will likely become the first point of contention linked directly to the text of the deal.

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Putin’s Strategy is Divide and Conquer

Putin’s Strategy is Divide and Conquer

Putin's goal is to sow dissent and discord within Europe's ranks and erode the unity of the EU.

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Searching for—and Broadcasting—a New Gospel

Searching for—and Broadcasting—a New Gospel

A recent book examines the struggle in today's Russia for what and whom to believe in.

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If Europe is from Venus, then Russia is from Mars

If Europe is from Venus, then Russia is from Mars

European policy that is being made in regards to the Russian aggression toward Ukraine is based on the same premise: There is no military solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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The Greatest Threat to U.S. Security?

The Greatest Threat to U.S. Security?

If General Dunford is right, perhaps now is the time to reconsider military assistance to the Ukraine.

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