Tag Archives: Russia

The Rules-based International Order

May 10, 2021 The “rules-based international order” is now a recurrent theme in policy statements by senior officials of the Biden administration. Secretary Blinken, meeting with his Chinese counterparts in Anchorage on March 18, 2021, started the talks by saying … Continue reading

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The Taliban Are Back

April 19, 2021 An open-ended US/NATO military engagement in Afghanistan was never an option. The aim was achieving optimal conditions for withdrawal. In a Washington Post op-ed on March 12, 2012 President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron mentioned shifting to … Continue reading

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Recalibrating America’s Relationships

March 1, 2021 On February 19, President Biden addressed the global community for the first time. At 2021 Virtual Munich Security Conference he defined the partnership between Europe and the US as the cornerstone of all that the West hopes … Continue reading

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The Path to Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh

January 13, 2021 On Monday, Presidents Putin, Aliyev, and Prime Minister Pashinyan held a second trilateral meeting in Moscow, exactly two months after the first one on November 9, 2020. They signed another Statement which focuses on the “unblocking of … Continue reading

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More Than a Lost Year

December 22, 2020 The main foreign policy topics of the past decade have been China’s ascendancy, relations between the West and a resurgent Russia, the rise of authoritarianism, democracy’s decline, the failure of multilateralism and climate change. With the Trump … Continue reading

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Nagorno-Karabakh: The Road Ahead (2)

December 14, 2020 With the signing, by President Aliyev and Prime Minister Pashinyan, of the Russian-brokered statement on a complete ceasefire and the termination of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh the conflict has entered a new phase.

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Nagorno-Karabakh: The Road Ahead

November 30, 2020 The last round of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan started on July 12, 2020.  During the war between 1988-1994, Armenian forces had occupied not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also the seven surrounding districts of Azerbaijan before a Russian-brokered … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Relations with Russia

October 19, 2020 In the beginning of the Syrian conflict Russia and Turkey were on diametrically opposite sides. Almost a decade later, despite some cooperation, they are just putting up with one another.

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Tough Times for the People of Belarus

August 31, 2020 Following the Belarus presidential election, protesters took to the streets claiming that the result was rigged. With Ukraine conflict continuing across the border, theirs was an act of courage. Riot police reacted with violence. President Lukashenko has … 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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