Putin is less interested in President Nicolás Maduro and his regime than in using him as a thorn in Washington’s side. Venezuela’s crisis provides Putin with a like-minded collaborator eager to denounce the United States.
The Kerch Bridge is the conclusion of Crimea’s incorporation into Russia, both physically and politically. Any haggling over on what terms Russia might return Crimea to Ukraine is now definitively null and void.
The troubling path of post-Cold War history has led to the current state of global democratic crisis.
The EU is looking at ways to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.
As U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, Michael McFaul had a front-row seat as the relationship began to unravel in the wake of Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency six years ago. What went wrong? Could today’s tensions have been avoided?
Souring attitudes toward the United States throughout Latin America have opened opportunities for Moscow to stoke anti-U.S. sentiment and advance its own interests.
The international order has never been tidy or complete, always having lands with contested sovereignty. Yet the breakdown of empires is the most common catalyst for producing new aspirant states.
Russian ‘soft power’ has been expanding in Lebanon, and a number of recent developments prove it.
While the proxy war in Syria does hold the potential for a clash between U.S. and Russian forces, it is only one of several theaters in which a larger conflict between the two countries is playing out.
The breakdown in Moscow’s relations with the West has resulted in its major geopolitical pivot to Asia and the pursuit of an even closer relationship with China.