Given rising defense spending across Africa and concerns about Islamist extremism in some countries, Russia sees the continent as an area of opportunity for growth.
Over the last couple of years, the gap between the Russian and U.S. strategies in Afghanistan has grown. Russia increasingly believes that the U.S. approach isn’t working and is convinced that it must be prepared to deal with an unstable Afghanistan on its own.
Vladimir Putin has made progress in restoring Moscow’s status as a great power. The United States may no longer be the indispensable nation, as that idea was understood in the 1990s.
Russia has employed a range of policy tools in recent years to undermine elements of the U.S.-led international order and expand Moscow’s influence on the global stage.
In dealing with the Kremlin, across so many divergent interests, there are no easy fixes or grand bargains.
The risk of a nuclear war is rising because of growing non-nuclear threats to nuclear weapons and their command-and-control systems.
In contrast to the populist image Russian President Vladimir Putin has created to galvanize support, he is part of today’s Russian establishment elite.
In the centenary year of the October Revolution, Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar has created a groundbreaking online tool for understanding Russia’s road to revolution
While there has been no real challenge from other political organized structures, Russian President Vladimir Putin was reelected in 2012 out of the desire for economic growth.
President Poroshenko’s power consolidation—and pushback against it—is the hallmark of Ukrainian politics heading toward elections in 2019. Yet reform progress is being made, even if the pace remains slow.