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23.08.2021
Lessons for Russia From the U.S. Leadership Crisis

Lessons for Russia From the U.S. Leadership Crisis

It would be foolish to assume the American withdrawal from Afghanistan will be repeated everywhere else that there is a U.S. presence.
18.08.2021
Russia May Live to Regret Betting on the Taliban in Afghanistan

Russia May Live to Regret Betting on the Taliban in Afghanistan

Nothing remotely resembling the “inclusive government” that the Taliban have promised is likely to appear in Afghanistan, while drug trafficking and religious extremism will mushroom.
12.08.2021
Minsk Is Teetering on the Brink of a Dangerous Escalation

Minsk Is Teetering on the Brink of a Dangerous Escalation

Not so long ago, Minsk scored foreign policy points by positioning itself as a force for regional stability; a counterbalance to an aggressive Russia. Today, Moscow’s unwillingness to get embroiled in conflicts with NATO at the whim of its ally could be the only factor exercising any restraint on Lukashenko.
10.08.2021
Zelensky Wages War on Ukraine’s Oligarchs

Zelensky Wages War on Ukraine’s Oligarchs

In the last two years, President Zelensky has managed to strengthen his personal power considerably. His battle against the influence of Ukraine’s oligarchs, therefore, may not be as hopeless as it might first seem.
6.08.2021
Can Russia and Poland Ever Overcome Their Historical Differences?

Can Russia and Poland Ever Overcome Their Historical Differences?

Polish society will not accept the Russian interpretation of World War II and vice versa, so the two nations should stop trying to force their revisions onto each other and jeopardizing their relations over every historical bone of contention.
3.08.2021
Can Russia and China Edge the United States Out of Kazakhstan?

Can Russia and China Edge the United States Out of Kazakhstan?

For Kazakhstan, cordial relations with the United States are an important part of its strategy for counterbalancing Russian and Chinese influence.
2.08.2021
Can the Yuan Ever Replace the Dollar for Russia?

Can the Yuan Ever Replace the Dollar for Russia?

Testing the possibilities of internationalizing the Chinese currency in Russia is a tempting prospect for both Beijing and Moscow, but agreements on paper simply aren’t enough to change reality.
29.07.2021
Why Everyone’s a Winner in the Nord Stream 2 Deal

Why Everyone’s a Winner in the Nord Stream 2 Deal

The agreement between Germany and the United States, which at first glance appears to be to Russia’s advantage, is in fact beneficial to all parties—even Ukraine.
27.07.2021
Is Russia Finally Ready to Tackle Climate Change?

Is Russia Finally Ready to Tackle Climate Change?

In theory, climate change and green energy are areas in which there is scope for joint international projects, new investment, and the transfer of green technology to Russia. Yet drastic differences in targets set and regulatory frameworks make such an optimistic scenario unlikely.
26.07.2021
Common Ground: Why Russia and Canada Should Cooperate in the Arctic

Common Ground: Why Russia and Canada Should Cooperate in the Arctic

As the largest Arctic states, Canada and Russia have the most to lose if we allow differences to stymie cooperation.
22.07.2021
Podcast: A Closer Look at Russia’s New National Security Strategy

Podcast: A Closer Look at Russia’s New National Security Strategy

This podcast episode focuses on Russia’s new National Security Strategy and the vision of the world presented in it.
21.07.2021
Is There a New Status Quo in Russia-West Relations?

Is There a New Status Quo in Russia-West Relations?

The Biden-Putin summit has elicited hopes for a new status quo in relations between Russia and the West, marked by guardrails and the prevention of further destabilization. Yet this momentum will be short-lived if it is not backed up by coordination between the United States and Europe, and commitment from Moscow.
20.07.2021
What’s in a Name? India’s Role in the Indo-Pacific

What’s in a Name? India’s Role in the Indo-Pacific

For now, India’s role in the Western Pacific region remains symbolic, and in the Indo-Pacific context, confined to the Indian Ocean Region.
19.07.2021
Russia’s History Wars: Why Is Stalin’s Popularity On the Rise?

Russia’s History Wars: Why Is Stalin’s Popularity On the Rise?

Stalin stands in for the lack of modern heroes, and overshadows all the most important historical events of the twentieth century, symbolically compensating for the failures, defeats, and setbacks of more recent years.
15.07.2021
Double Ally: How Seoul Stays Friendly With Both Washington and Moscow

Double Ally: How Seoul Stays Friendly With Both Washington and Moscow

The U.S.-Russia standoff has escalated so much in recent years that other countries find it almost impossible to maintain good relations with both Washington and Moscow. Those who manage to tread that line successfully include South Korea.
14.07.2021
Can the Russia-India Friendship Survive in the New Bipolar World?

Can the Russia-India Friendship Survive in the New Bipolar World?

Russia and India’s divergence toward the two global centers of power—China and the United States—is gradually burning the bridges of Russian-Indian friendship.
13.07.2021
Afghanistan After the U.S. Pullout: Challenges to Russia and Central Asia

Afghanistan After the U.S. Pullout: Challenges to Russia and Central Asia

The nature of the Afghan problem for Central Asia and Russia lies in Afghanistan becoming a source of instability for the region.
9.07.2021
Will Tough New Sanctions Change the Course of Events in Belarus?

Will Tough New Sanctions Change the Course of Events in Belarus?

If Moscow and the West manage to de-escalate their confrontation, Lukashenko’s main currency—his demonstrative anti-Western stance—will be devalued in the eyes of the Kremlin.
8.07.2021
Does the Collective Security Treaty Organization Have a Future?

Does the Collective Security Treaty Organization Have a Future?

The CSTO still has a chance to prove itself—if it can demonstrate effective and coordinated work after the impending withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
6.07.2021
Russia’s National Security Strategy: A Manifesto for a New Era

Russia’s National Security Strategy: A Manifesto for a New Era

The central feature of the new strategy is its focus on Russia itself. The Russian leadership has every reason right now to turn homeward to address the glaring weaknesses, imbalances, and inequalities of the country’s internal situation.
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