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The War in Ukraine and West’s Summit Meetings

March 27, 2022 The following was my summing-up of the Ukraine conflict seven years ago: “News from Ukraine and Ukraine-related developments are not encouraging. The Minsk cease-fire remains fragile. Political and economic difficulties facing Ukraine show no sign of abating. … Continue reading

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US/NATO Talks with Russia, Episode 2 Begins

January 31, 2022 On January 26, the US and NATO delivered their written responses to Russia’s security demands in Eurasia. A day later, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the media that the responses offer grounds for serious talks only on … Continue reading

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Intermission in Russia-US Talks

January 22, 2022 I had concluded an earlier post on the Ukraine crisis with the following: “In Russia, President Putin is at the helm, steering a steady course.  “In the West, the picture is more complicated. What is clear is … Continue reading

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Russia-US/NATO Talks, Episode 1

January 17, 2022 In mid-December 2021, Russia handed the West two draft documents, “Agreement on Measures to Ensure the Security of the Russian Federation and Member States of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization”[i] and “Treaty Between the United States of … Continue reading

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Russia-West Negotiations Start

January 10, 2022 With the New Year and Christmas celebrations behind, the world is back to the realities of the day. And the new year’s first surprise was the turmoil in Kazakhstan. In their phone call of December 30, Presidents … Continue reading

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The Year 2021 in Retrospect

December 22, 2021 The top foreign and security policy item of 2021 was the strategic competition between major powers. Its subtitles were “China’s ascendancy”, “Russia’s resurgence” the “waning of American power”. The rise of authoritarianism, democracy’s decline, the failure of … Continue reading

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The Standoff at the Russia-Ukraine Border

December 13, 2021 On December 7, 2021, Presidents Biden and Putin had a two-hour video conference. According to the White House readout of the meeting, “President Biden focused on what he described as “threatening” movements of Russian troops near the … Continue reading

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The Middle East Dimension of the Standoff at the Belarus-Poland Border

November 15, 2021 The standoff over migrants on NATO’s and the European Union’s eastern flank is turning into a wider political conflict. For Belarus’s EU  neighbors this is a deliberate retaliation for EU sanctions. Ukraine is reinforcing border guards to … Continue reading

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The Hagia Sophia: Balance Sheet of the Past Week

July 19, 2020 It has been a week since the Hagia Sophia was reconverted to a mosque through the annulment of the government decree of 1935 which had turned it into a museum. The change was presented as an auspicious … Continue reading

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2019: The Year in Review

December 22, 2019 During the past year, climate change, corruption, street protests, polarization and disarray in the West dominated the global agenda. Frequent fires are part of California’s natural state but since the 1970s, the amount of area burned in … Continue reading

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