Dumitru Minzarari

Dr. Dumitru Minzarari is an associate in the Eastern Europe and Eurasia research division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). His research interests include Russia's security and defense policy. SWP advises the German government and Bundestag on all questions of foreign and security policy.

The Response to Russia’s Brinkmanship Over Ukraine

December 16, 2021

The Russian military buildup along Ukrainian borders conducted over the last few months — similar to an escalation by Russia in April — has led to new direct talks between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The biggest fear in the West is whether Russia intends to invade...

What Is Behind the Escalation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border?

May 10, 2021

At the end of April, a conflict over water escalated into the most serious border clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan since their independence from the Soviet Union. By May, 36 deaths had been reported on the Kyrgyz and 19 on the Tajik side, with more than 270 injured and dozens...

What Is Russia’s Stake in the Nagorno-Karabakh War?

November 17, 2020

As the world discusses the sudden cessation of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and the deployment of Russian “peacekeepers” to the region to monitor the truce, one critically important question is overlooked: Why did Russia not discourage Azerbaijan’s military offensive? A powerful security rationale...