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26.10.2021
Why Tajikistan Is Taking a Stand Against the Taliban

Why Tajikistan Is Taking a Stand Against the Taliban

Tajikistan has no intention of getting into a direct confrontation with the Taliban. Rather, by taking a few more risks than its neighbors, the Tajik leadership is counting on boosting its popularity, both at home and abroad.
22.10.2021
Can Russia Really Solve Europe’s Gas Woes on Its Own?

Can Russia Really Solve Europe’s Gas Woes on Its Own?

How much additional gas is required to stabilize the European market, and are Russia and other key suppliers able to provide it?
20.10.2021
Putin’s Labyrinth: Career Stagnation in Russia’s Corridors of Power

Putin’s Labyrinth: Career Stagnation in Russia’s Corridors of Power

The path of career progression within the power vertical has stopped being predictable, and has turned into a labyrinth with no windows of opportunity offered by reshuffles.
19.10.2021
How the Arms Control Approach Could Help Russia Tackle Climate Change

How the Arms Control Approach Could Help Russia Tackle Climate Change

The right approach would probably be to create a special interagency coordinator under a senior official reporting directly to the head of state. It is vitally important that whoever heads the office is well respected by international partners: a worthy counterpart to the likes of John Kerry of the United States.
18.10.2021
The Impact of Sino-American Rivalry on Russia’s Relations With China

The Impact of Sino-American Rivalry on Russia’s Relations With China

In a world increasingly shaped by U.S.-Chinese superpower rivalry, Russia seeks to maintain an equilibrium, though not equidistance, vis-à-vis China, America, and their rivalry.
15.10.2021
Russia-Japan Relations: Were Abe’s Efforts In Vain?

Russia-Japan Relations: Were Abe’s Efforts In Vain?

Expanding the modest elements of trust in the Japan-Russia relationship, talking through reciprocal concerns before they lead to conflict, avoiding bilateral incidents, and engaging in mutually beneficial economic cooperation is the way forward.
14.10.2021
What Does China’s Energy Crisis Mean for Russia?

What Does China’s Energy Crisis Mean for Russia?

China’s energy infrastructure is simply not yet ready for Beijing’s concerted efforts to curb emissions, which opens up new opportunities for Russian hydrocarbon exporters.
12.10.2021
European Gas Crisis: Russia to the Rescue?

European Gas Crisis: Russia to the Rescue?

The prompt stabilization of the European gas market is not only in the interests of collapsing European companies, but of Gazprom, too.
8.10.2021
Why Not Navalny? Nobel Committee Honors Journalists Over Politicians

Why Not Navalny? Nobel Committee Honors Journalists Over Politicians

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to someone who personifies freedom of speech: something that is crucial to prevent Navalny from remaining in an information vacuum, and therefore without public protection.
1.10.2021
Merkel’s Legacy, as Seen From Russia

Merkel’s Legacy, as Seen From Russia

Seen from Moscow, Angela Merkel’s long tenure was a period of relative, if not always palatable, predictability in German-Russian relations. The future of the relationship will depend in no small measure on who succeeds her and how skilled that successor is at the art of statecraft. Merkel is leaving behind very big shoes to fill.
30.09.2021
Playing at Politics: Manufacturing Russia’s Parliamentary Parties

Playing at Politics: Manufacturing Russia’s Parliamentary Parties

For the in-system political parties, the presidential administration simply sets some general ground rules. For the new administrative parties, the presidential administration is not just an overseer, but their immediate boss.
29.09.2021
Should Russia Be Worried by the New AUKUS Alliance?

Should Russia Be Worried by the New AUKUS Alliance?

Decisions made by NATO may be unpalatable for Moscow, but they are generally consistent and predictable. The same cannot be said of structures such as AUKUS.
24.09.2021
Podcast: Dissecting the State Duma Elections

Podcast: Dissecting the State Duma Elections

Podcast host Alexander Gabuev is joined by Elizaveta Fokht, a reporter with the BBC Russian Service, and Andrew Roth, Moscow correspondent for The Guardian, to discuss the outcome of the recent elections for the State Duma.
23.09.2021
Why the Kremlin Isn’t Celebrating the Duma Election Results

Why the Kremlin Isn’t Celebrating the Duma Election Results

The State Duma elections were a triumph for Sergei Kiriyenko’s electoral machine, though even it could not produce the figures that President Putin’s campaign should have warranted.
17.09.2021
Have Moscow and Minsk Really Made a Breakthrough on Integration?

Have Moscow and Minsk Really Made a Breakthrough on Integration?

Putting too much pressure on Belarus right now could backfire and lead to unforeseen consequences. It would appear that Russia understands that, and is therefore playing the long game on integration.
17.09.2021
How the Duma Elections Could Decide United Russia’s Fate

How the Duma Elections Could Decide United Russia’s Fate

The upcoming Duma elections could turn out to be United Russia’s farewell tour in its current lineup.
15.09.2021
Will Russia’s Upcoming Duma Elections Change Anything At All?

Will Russia’s Upcoming Duma Elections Change Anything At All?

The authorities are faced with the fiendish task of convincing democratic-minded voters that there is no point in voting, while making every effort to boost turnout among the conformist, state-dependent electorate.
13.09.2021
Tough Talk Abroad Proves a Hit at Home for Ukraine’s Zelensky

Tough Talk Abroad Proves a Hit at Home for Ukraine’s Zelensky

It’s unlikely that Zelensky seriously believed that his sharp rhetoric with Merkel and Biden would lead to the West accepting Ukraine into NATO or canceling Nord Stream 2. But his behavior strikes a chord with the public at home.
10.09.2021
Podcast: What Are the Implications of the Afghanistan Crisis for Central Asia?

Podcast: What Are the Implications of the Afghanistan Crisis for Central Asia?

This episode looks at the impact of events in Afghanistan on the broader region and the balance of power there.
10.09.2021
How Russia Could Recalibrate Its Relationship With Ukraine

How Russia Could Recalibrate Its Relationship With Ukraine

Despite the lessons of the last three decades, the importance of Ukraine for Russia is still greatly overstated. It’s time to carry out a long overdue reevaluation of that importance.
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