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Category Archive: MENA, Regions, Russia & Eurasia

Has Putin Finally Stepped on His Own Rake in Syria?

In October 2016 the Russian government made a significant announcement about its Syria policy that Western sources overlooked. Moscow announced that it supported the restoration of Syrian President...

Why Russia isn’t rushing to lift sanctions on Turkey

For a long time, Russian-Turkish relations were based on a certain formula: “The economy is the economy. Politics is politics. And they shouldn’t be mixed.” This formula worked successfully...

America and Russia: Towards a New Partnership?

In the run-up to the US presidential election, the mainstream media, the democratic campaign, and even some Republicans repeatedly warned of the supposed endangerment of the US national interest by...

Holodomor Remembrance Day: Why the Past Matters for the Future

As Americans sit down to their Thanksgiving meals on the last Thursday in November, Ukrainians will be commemorating the memory of millions who were murdered in 1932-33. The last Saturday in November...

How Russia views Turkey’s role in Syria

As experts on Russia and Turkey are wondering just how receptive US President-elect Donald Trump will be to their agendas in the Middle East, Moscow and Ankara have been involved in a series of talks...

Trump Must Avoid the Russia Reset Trap

As a candidate, Donald Trump said that if elected president he would examine the possibility of recognizing Russia’s claim to Crimea and lifting sanctions imposed by the United States in response...

Ukraine’s Reforms Are Pointless without Resolving Security Issues

Making Western assistance to Kyiv more effective is crucial to Ukraine’s future. Yet the West’s current approach is plagued by a strategic defect. When Western aid and Kyiv’s reforms reach...

Former NATO Leaders to Trump: Don’t Make Bad Deals with Putin

US President-elect Donald Trump must not strike any deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin that turn Ukraine into a “bargaining chip,” and must send a clear signal of commitment to the...

To woo Trump, will Kremlin show restraint in Syria?

The first phone conversation between President Vladimir Putin and President-elect Donald Trump took place on Nov. 14. The official press release read, “Putin and Trump agreed that the current...

Four Swift Blows to Putin’s Influence in Europe

Moscow retains substantial influence in Europe. However, its ability to leverage that influence against Ukraine appears to be declining, as four decisions over the past two months illustrate....