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Ukraine, a Conflict of Diverse Interests

April 18, 2022 A country’s foreign policy is shaped by its identity, sense of belonging, world outlook, and geographic location. This last one is a constant, others are subject to evolution, change, and definition/redefinition within the limits of reason. The … Continue reading

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Russia’s Indiscriminate Attacks Spark Outrage

April 11, 2022  On April 5, 2022, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed that assertions of “war crimes” are a pretext to torpedo the ongoing negotiations at a time when some light, however dim, has appeared at the end of the … Continue reading

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Russia-Ukraine Conflict, the Question of Crimea

April 4, 2022 On March 25, Russian General Staff deputy head Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy announced that the significant reduction of the Ukrainian military potential will now make it possible for Russia to concentrate on the main goal: the liberation … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Imperative to Restore Democratic Rule

March 31, 2022 In its early years, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government launched an open-ended accession process with the EU. From day one, the process ran into difficulties because the EU countries behaved as if they regretted … Continue reading

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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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The Invasion of Ukraine, Another Challenge for the China-US Relationship

March 21, 2022 On March 18, Presidents Biden and Xi Jinping held a two-hour-long video conference. To put their meeting in perspective, one does not have to go back all the way to China’s “century of humiliation”, but a brief … Continue reading

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President Putin Steps up the Assault on Ukraine

March 15, 2022 Western countries are experiencing a shock because it is for the first time since the end of the Second World War that the continent is witnessing a major armed conflict, the only exception being the break-up of … Continue reading

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Brinkmanship versus Diplomacy

March 9, 2022 Merriam-Webster defines “brinkmanship” as, “the art or practice of pushing a dangerous situation or confrontation to the limit of safety especially to force a desired outcome”, and “diplomacy” as “the art and practice of conducting negotiations between … Continue reading

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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: The Refugees

March 7, 2022 During the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Western countries failed to help Moscow chart a new path. Some former members of the Warsaw Pact, which had remained forcibly under communist regimes since the end … Continue reading

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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and the Montreux Convention

March 3, 2022 The Turkish Government has decided to close the Turkish Straits to all warships as a result of Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine. So, I thought that an updated version of a post I had written two years … Continue reading

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