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Section: Brookings (USA)

      Turkey and the South Caucasus: An opportunity for soft regionalism?
      Aug05

      Turkey and the South Caucasus: An opportunity for soft regionalism?

      In recent months, the regions surrounding the South Caucasus have been beset by new instability and conflict. The tenuous ceasefire in Ukraine is barely holding, but Russia shows no intention of withdrawing from its annexation of Crimea despite the West’s punitive sanctions. Chaos and violence reign in Syria and unrest has increased in Iraq...

      The “greatest catastrophe” of the 21st century? Brexit and the dissolution of the U.K.
      Jun25

      The “greatest catastrophe” of the 21st century? Brexit and the dissolution of the U.K.

      Twenty-five years ago, in March 1991, shaken by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of nationalist-separatist movements in the Soviet Baltic and Caucasus republics, Mikhail Gorbachev held a historic referendum. He proposed the creation of a new union treaty to save the USSR. The gambit failed. Although a majority of the Soviet population...

      Russia is showing uncharacteristic prudence—Why, and will it last?
      Jun02

      Russia is showing uncharacteristic prudence—Why, and will it last?

      With the NATO summit in Warsaw coming up in July, the rhetoric in many Western quarters is becoming shriller about the need to contain Russian aggression. There are good reasons for concern about Russia’s intentions and capabilities, as elaborated at the recent Lennart Meri conference in Tallinn. But in the last couple of months, Moscow has...

      Putin battles for the Russian homefront in Syria
      May23

      Putin battles for the Russian homefront in Syria

      There are lots of ways for Syria to go wrong for Russia. Analysts have tended to focus on Moscow’s military shortcomings in that theater, wondering if Syria will become Russia’s Vietnam. They’ve also pointed to Russia’s deep economic troubles—exacerbated, of course, by very low oil prices—which call into question its...

      ​Minsk is not working, but Kiev should stay with it
      May23

      ​Minsk is not working, but Kiev should stay with it

      The Minsk arrangements that were supposed to resolve the conflict in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine have not been implemented. Ukrainians and others increasingly question whether it is time to abandon the Minsk process. The Ukrainian government, however, should not do so, as it would dangerously undermine Kyiv’s position. Negotiators...

      Time to push back on nuclear saber-rattling
      May12

      Time to push back on nuclear saber-rattling

      At a May 3 NATO change-of-command ceremony, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter questioned the Kremlin’s tactic of nuclear saber-rattling. Moscow’s jarring rhetoric about nuclear weapons aims to intimidate the West. It has led to unwise suggestions for how the United States and NATO should respond, ideas that should be ignored. Carter,...

      Russian “countermeasures” to NATO are coming
      May10

      Russian “countermeasures” to NATO are coming

      When NATO leaders gather in Warsaw on July 8 to 9, they will announce steps to beef up the alliance’s conventional force presence on its eastern flank. NATO also will shortly announce that the SM-3 missile defense site in Romania has achieved operational status. These moves will spur the Kremlin, with some fanfare, to announce military...

      Why Europe’s energy policy has been a strategic success story
      May02

      Why Europe’s energy policy has been a strategic success story

      For Europe, it has been a rough year, or perhaps more accurately a rough decade. The terrorist attacks in London, Madrid, and elsewhere have taken a toll, as did the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But things really got tough beginning with the Great Recession—and its prolonged duration for Europe, including grave economic crises in much of the...

      Will Ukraine dash its hopes for Western support?
      Apr25

      Will Ukraine dash its hopes for Western support?

      Ukraine has gone through a lot the past 30 months. Despite formidable challenges, it has made important progress, both in containing Russian-backed separatism in the Donbas and in beginning needed reforms. Ukrainians deserve credit for this. The United States and Europe should support Ukraine, whose success or failure will have major implications...

      U.S.-Russian relations beyond Obama
      Apr20

      U.S.-Russian relations beyond Obama

      Vladimir Putin certainly has a remarkable ability to woo American presidents and presidential aspirants. The budding bromance between the Russian strongman and Donald Trump is only the latest example. George W. Bush famously looked into his eyes and took stock, favorably, of Putin’s soul back in the early days of their respective...