The proposed sanctions goal of protecting Europe from Russian energy blackmail is based on an obsolete understanding of energy markets.
The playbook that Russia relied on to deal with European security institutions and their firm linkage of hard security to human rights no longer works—leaving Russia isolated.
The China-Russian military cooperation with its underlying strategic calculus is clearly aimed at countering US moves and capabilities in the region.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
Shadowy mercenaries offer Moscow deniability on the battlefield and a cheap way to build influence across the globe.
Recent demonstrations in Russia have not been led by a particular group or movement with grand political designs. Instead, protesters in Arkhangelsk – much like those in Yekaterinburg and even in Moscow – are simply people fighting for their government, finally, to treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.
As the Sudanese government and the opposition have reached an agreement on a political transition, Moscow focuses on preserving its political and economic influence in Sudan.
Russian history is a controversial and hotly debated subject, both at home and abroad. Distilling its lessons is difficult, but worthwhile, as many themes from Russia’s past are likely to endure well into its post-Putin future.
What are the potential benefits for the United States of hypersonic missiles? Specifically, will they help offset equivalent Chinese and Russian capabilities? And what are the risks of their acquisition and potential employment, including of escalation to a nuclear war?
While Wagner is guided by the Kremlin’s geopolitical aspirations, its actions are shaped by the pursuit of personal power and profit.