Russia Joins the Red Sea Scramble

Feb 09, 2021

Russia has come back to the crowded Red Sea. On November 11, 2020, the Russian government announced its agreement with Sudan to establish a naval base at the city of Port Sudan. While the Russian navy already enjoys access rights to the port, the concession with Khartoum envisages the creation of...

Will the US and Russia Start Over?
Feb 05, 2021

Will the US and Russia Start Over?

The US Will Need Turkey to Counter Russia
Feb 01, 2021

The US Will Need Turkey to Counter Russia

A Tale of Two Historical Adversaries
Jan 25, 2021

A Tale of Two Historical Adversaries

US Media Still Has Russia on Its Mind

US Media Still Has Russia on Its Mind

Jan 06, 2021

In December, a breaking story about massive hacking of US computer networks dominated The New York Times columns for weeks. With the new year, The Times is still nourishing its alarmed indignation at the evil force behind the event. In an article this week, David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth and...

Washington’s Sanctions on Turkey Are Another Gift to Putin

Washington’s Sanctions on Turkey Are Another Gift to Putin

Dec 18, 2020

The latest sanctions against Turkey introduced by Washington on December 13 were invoked under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a US federal law that imposes economic sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea. The act came into effect in August 2017. This is the first...

25 Years On, The Dayton Peace Agreement Is a Ticking Time Bomb

25 Years On, The Dayton Peace Agreement Is a Ticking Time Bomb

Nov 20, 2020

Throughout Danis Tanovic’s Oscar-winning film “No Man’s Land,” a viewer waits distressingly for the bouncing mine to explode below the body of Cera, an injured Bosnian soldier lying in a trench. The last moments of this antiwar satire do not capture a real ending for the story — or...

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

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

Nov 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...

For Libya, Peace Remains Unlikely

For Libya, Peace Remains Unlikely

Nov 12, 2020

A recent ceasefire agreement and ongoing political reconciliation negotiations between Libya’s warring factions have significantly de-escalated tensions. A flurry of diplomatic engagement, with significant international support, has raised hopes that the Libyan conflict is about to enter a new...

Will the NY Times Fixation on Russia End After Biden’s Election?

Will the NY Times Fixation on Russia End After Biden’s Election?

Oct 27, 2020

Will there ever be a vaccine for the not so novel coronavirus, Russiagate-16? It has clearly infected beyond cure various media outlets and the establishment of an entire political party in the US for the past four years. Even though it has been repeatedly debunked and identified as a pathology by...

The Russian Pathology Deepens at The NY Times

The Russian Pathology Deepens at The NY Times

Oct 21, 2020

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary cannot help but love The New York Times, with increasingly diabolical ardor. Whenever the news cycle goes dry, we can turn to The Times and its documented paranoia for inspiration. The risk is repetition. The reward is the pleasure of picking and consuming...

Is Assad Gearing Up for a Final Push in Syria?

Is Assad Gearing Up for a Final Push in Syria?

Sep 24, 2020

Ceasefires in Syria come and go, and so do the meetings between the outside players who hold it in their hands to determine if an end to the country’s 9-year civil war is in sight. The most recent meeting in Ankara between Turkish and Russian military officers was intended to discuss...

Nord Stream 2: Leverage Against Russia?

Nord Stream 2: Leverage Against Russia?

Following the poisoning of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent from the Novichok group, the possibility of using Nord Stream 2 to put pressure on Russia has been widely discussed. Specifically, there are calls to abandon the project, to impose a moratorium or to...

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform

Sep 11, 2020

On September 2, German authorities stated that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok group. Since August 22, Navalny has been treated at the Charité university hospital in Berlin, where he was transported from Russia in an induced...

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