Last week, the state owned Russian energy company Gazprom reached a deal with five other major EU energy companies to construct the Nord-Stream 2 pipeline. The pipeline will lay under the Baltic Sea and it will connect Russia to Germany. Nord-Stream 2 will be one of the longest offshore gas pipelines in the world. However, it will also be one of the EU’s biggest mistakes if it allows the project to proceed. Continue reading
Earlier this month Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State said “Why should U.S. taxpayers be interested in Ukraine?” Tillerson claims that his comment was rhetorical in nature and not, as others had believed, the policy position of the chief diplomat of the United States. Nevertheless, I think that his question, rhetorical or not, does indeed raise an interesting concern, why should America care about Ukraine? Continue reading
Last week, Russia hosted its third multilateral meeting between regional partners in central Asia. The meetings have attempted to create a framework regarding negotiations over the fate of Afghanistan. Representatives from China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Afghanistan, and other central Asian countries attended; however, two key actors were missing from the talks, the United States and representatives from the Taliban. Apart from hosting these talks, it has been reported that Russia and Iran are in contact with the Taliban in order to supply the group with weapons and money.
Since the inauguration of President Trump, the United States has suffered a whiplash from the dramatic reversal in its foreign policy as it tries to discern a coherent strategy that explains its tactical strike in Syria. Continue reading
In the recent days and weeks, protests have erupted across Russia and Belarus due to mounting concerns of corruption, declining living standards, and taxes on the unemployed.
Russia is demographically, economically, and militarily weaker than the United States. Instead of competing with the United States in terms of hard power i.e. GDP, military strength, or military capacity, the Kremlin is leveraging its military and political instruments to challenge the western international order through alternative means – hybrid warfare. Continue reading
Belarus’ geopolitical location, unsettled ideological stance between East and West, and growing public unrest is uncomfortably familiar to that of Ukraine in 2013 and 2014. In 2017, Europe and Belarus should be concerned by the recently published Russian tenders for international rail travel between Russia and Belarus.