(WP) Imagine for one moment you are Vladimir Putin. Sitting on the desk in front of you is a file labeled “Trump, Donald.” Inside is a stack of documents your spy agencies have collected that prove that Trump took part in embarrassing or illegal activities. There are some financial documents, audio...
(EDM) Grand geopolitical scheming took a break in Moscow last week. The main news—improbably—turned to the fiasco of the government trying, since April 16, to ban the popular instant messenger Telegram. Millions of Russians remain blissfully unaware about this “state failure,” but probably as many...
(VICE News) Two days after the U.S. launched missile strikes on Syria, President Trump’s U.N. Ambassador, Nikki Haley, made the rounds of Sunday political talk showspromising more economic sanctions for Russia over its continued support for the Syrian regime. But Haley’s tough talk apparently...
(War on the Rocks) (Co-authored with Mariana Budjeryn) On Dec. 25, 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev announced his resignation and handed off his nuclear strike authorization unit, the so-called Cheget briefcase, to Russian President Boris Yeltsin. With this final act, the Soviet Union was...
(Geopolitics and Security) The South Caucasus is a region at the nexus of various economic, political, and energy interests. It is currently witnessing some of the most complex and dangerous events in the world today. It features weak states, direct and proxy wars, and a confluence of great power...
MCIS slides on regional security in the Middle East and North Africa Today’s installment of MCIS slides comes courtesy of Sam Charap, who attended the breakout session on regional security in the MENA region. The panel was led off by Lt. General Stanislav Gadzhimagomedov, the Deputy Chief of the...
Post-elections Russia: what to expect? There are some questions how Russia would look after Putin`s expected re-election in March 2018. Whether Russia can attempt some changes internally and how West-Russia confrontation will develop interest almost everyone. Professor Andrey Makarychev from the...

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