On July 12, skirmishes broke out on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The fighting claimed at least sixteen lives in the most serious outbreak of hostilities in the South Caucasus since 2016. Although the fighting has subsided for now, the situation remains volatile and a war of words between the two countries continues—all of which further complicate prospects for a negotiated solution.
The coronavirus pandemic has hastened the arrival of a new era of bipolarity. The short essays in this panoramic collection examine the various implications of the pandemic for Russia’s foreign relations.
One of the greatest achievements of U.S. foreign policy has been targeted by a vicious disinformation campaign.
U.S.-Russia relations will remain frosty for years, but even Cold Wars eventually thaw. The United States should prepare now to act decisively when this one finally does, even if it takes a decade.
Russia’s ineffective response to the coronavirus reveals the hazards of a system that cultivates self-interest and cronyism over strong state capacity and administration.
Operating as public-private partnerships, the firms offer Russia a cheap, low-risk front to carry out its activist foreign policy.
The old rules of Belarus and Russia’s alliance may no longer apply. Will the two neighbors find a way to update them?
Even as the economic impact of the pandemic deepens, Putin is unlikely to walk back his signature interventions abroad.
A blend of new threats and opportunities is causing Moscow to take greater risks and embrace more flamboyant policies in Europe. The Kremlin’s relationships with Italy and Austria shine a spotlight on how Europe’s domestic troubles have opened many doors for Moscow.
What do the recent spate of suicides and political violence in Armenia mean for the country’s political transition?