An Election Brings Abkhazia Back into Focus

Aug 23, 2019

The disputed existence of the breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia has come into focus again in the context of the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Russia and Georgia and the August anniversary of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Abkhazia remains at the heart of discussions because...

Are Russia and NATO Getting Ready for a New Euromissile Crisis?
Aug 08, 2019

Are Russia and NATO Getting Ready for a New Euromissile Crisis?

Is There Really a Right Side of History?
Jul 18, 2019

Is There Really a Right Side of History?

A Delicate Balance of Power in Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold
Jun 24, 2019

A Delicate Balance of Power in Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold

A Constitutional Crisis in Moldova Produces an Unexpected Alliance

A Constitutional Crisis in Moldova Produces an Unexpected Alliance

Jun 18, 2019

Russia and the West seem to be on the same page when it comes to the resolution of the political crisis in Moldova. Moldova is overcoming its most serious political crisis since its independence from the Soviet Union, which ensued when the incumbent Democratic Party refused to step down despite...

Which Country Has Meddled with the Most Elections?

Which Country Has Meddled with the Most Elections?

Jun 13, 2019

Even though most Americans might find it hard to believe, the US was not the first country to have an election meddled with by an intrusive foreign power. In the US, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let's face it, when it comes to election meddling, it’s...

Maduro Survives Because of Russia and Cuba

Maduro Survives Because of Russia and Cuba

Jun 13, 2019

As long as Cuba and Russia are ready and willing to prop up Maduro, there may be no clean way out of the mess in Venezuela. On April 30, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for the people and military of Venezuela to rise up and oust embattled President Nicolás Maduro. This action...

Belarus Understands the Diplomatic Power of Sport

Belarus Understands the Diplomatic Power of Sport

Jun 11, 2019

It seems Minsk is becoming a fixture on the international sporting calendar despite the widely condemned human rights situation in Belarus. The second edition of the European Games is set to kick off on June 21 in Minsk, Belarus. Events covering 15 different sports, from archery to sambo, will...

The Authoritarian Quest for a Sovereign Internet

The Authoritarian Quest for a Sovereign Internet

Jun 05, 2019

The next steps by the likes of China and Russia toward segmentation of the internet, and the way private companies respond, will make or break the World Wide Web. On February 12, the Russian State Duma passed a bill to create a “sovereign” internet, demanding independence from global servers...

Maria Alyokhina: In an Information Vacuum, It Is Impossible Not to Believe Propaganda

Maria Alyokhina: In an Information Vacuum, It Is Impossible Not to Believe Propaganda

May 25, 2019

In this guest edition of The Interview, Vishal Manve talks to Maria Alyokhina, a founding member of the Russian activist punk band Pussy Riot. At last month’s International Civil Society Week (ICSW) organized by the Civicus nonprofit in Belgrade, Serbia, a Russian protest-art collective, Pussy...

Following Russia Would Lead Europe Back to 1914

Following Russia Would Lead Europe Back to 1914

May 24, 2019

Vladimir Putin’s divide-and-conquer strategy has attracted a dyspeptic band of right-wing populists, euroskeptics and neo-Nazis, who will likely capture a large share in the European Parliament elections this week. Europe is voting in the much-anticipated elections this week to elect a new...

Leaving the INF Treaty Wasn’t the Problem — It’s How We Did It

Leaving the INF Treaty Wasn't the Problem — It’s How We Did It

May 22, 2019

While the United States was motivated to pull out of the agreement because of Russia’s noncompliance, it should also be noted that the INF Treaty had significant flaws. On February 1, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that, due to the Russian development of an intermediate-range...

Forbidden Fruit and Dirty Oil: Russia’s Latest Dispute with Belarus

Forbidden Fruit and Dirty Oil: Russia’s Latest Dispute with Belarus

May 20, 2019

Relations between Russia and neighboring Belarus are often denoted by strategic tit-for-tat. Reactions in the past weeks over disputed subsidies and tainted crude oil demonstrate that the alliance between the two post-Soviet states is unsettled. Any hint of insecurity within the Russian sphere of...

Divided Arab States Look to Russia

Divided Arab States Look to Russia

May 07, 2019

Unlike Western powers, Russia seems to have both the means and the willingness to intervene when its interests are at stake. The West has grown reluctant to intervene in ongoing crises in the Middle East and North Africa. At the same time, several Arab states are increasingly determined to flex...

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