Russia Ramps Up Pressure Against Kremlin Critics

May 05, 2021

Visibly weakened following a hunger strike in prison yet full of his usual verve, Alexei Navalny appeared before a court via videoconference on April 29 to appeal his fine for the defamation of a World War II veteran just as branches of his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) were being shuttered...

EU Concern Over Ukraine Is Not Enough
Apr 13, 2021

EU Concern Over Ukraine Is Not Enough

Fair Observer Scoop: Putin Engineered the Blockage of the Suez Canal
Apr 01, 2021

Fair Observer Scoop: Putin Engineered the Blockage of the Suez Canal

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza
Mar 19, 2021

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza

Georgia’s Democracy Is on the Brink of Chaos

Georgia’s Democracy Is on the Brink of Chaos

Feb 26, 2021

The ongoing political crisis in Georgia has been ramped up a notch over the last few days. The polarization of Georgian society, which is reflected at the political level, has reached a new high after the parliamentary elections last October, but especially so since the arrest and imprisonment of...

Russia Joins the Red Sea Scramble

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?

Will the US and Russia Start Over?

Feb 05, 2021

It’s winter in Russia, which is not a season for the faint-hearted. The pandemic is still hitting the country hard, with the number of new COVID cases hovering around 20,000 a day, which has cumulatively put the country in the global top five in terms of infections. Under these inauspicious...

The US Will Need Turkey to Counter Russia

The US Will Need Turkey to Counter Russia

Feb 01, 2021

When it comes to the already abysmal Turkish-American relations, Joe Biden’s presidency is being viewed as an ominous train wreck waiting to happen. The president-elect has previously signaled that his administration would “tame” Turkey for policies Ankara has pursued...

A Tale of Two Historical Adversaries

A Tale of Two Historical Adversaries

Jan 25, 2021

As Joe Biden settles into the White House and the Democrats in Congress play out the final act of their formal confrontation with the man now known as Citizen Trump, observers will begin focusing on another drama, one that the Democrats and their preferred media have obsessively elevated to the...

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...

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