Monthly Archives: January 2017
In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its own economic and political incompetence. The Soviet Union’s successor, the Russian Federation, was forced to confront the difficult fact that it had lost much of its influence among many of … Continue reading
The Astana peace talks began last week in Kazakhstan. The talks include Russia, Turkey, Iran and delegates from the Syrian government as well as some of the opposition forces (not including ISIS or the Levant Conquest Front) fighting against al-Assad. The … Continue reading
Is Putin susceptible to populism?
Ahead of the 2018 Presidential election in Russia, Vladimir Putin has ordered a review of the economic problems facing Russia today. Among the leading names to present proposals at the international ‘Gaidar Forum, Russia and the World: The Choice of … Continue reading
Last week Kosovo and Serbia were nearly engaged in their first conflict since 1999 after provocative actions involving a train. On January 14th Serbia halted a train leaving from Belgrade heading towards a town in Northern Kosovo, Mitrovic. The train … Continue reading
Two weeks ago I wrote about US troops landing in Germany as they prepared for their deployment to the Baltic States and Poland as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. On Tuesday, the United States signed a defense cooperation agreement with … Continue reading
After endless weeks of news stories dealing with ‘Russia’ and ‘hacking’ I was convinced that no other reporting could be done on the topic. It wasn’t until I actually read the unclassified intel report released at the beginning of this month … Continue reading
In 2017, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko could be an important factor in upcoming Eurasian affairs. Belarus’ geographical position and historically pro-Russian policies has made the country a reliable partner for Moscow. President Lukashenko has actually been referred to as the ‘last … Continue reading
Russia has utilized the same strategy for decades in order to keep its influence among neighboring countries. Russia’s strategy uses subsidized oil to lure economically weak states into business with Moscow. Once a country gets accustomed to the cheap energy prices provided … Continue reading
After listening to President-elect Trump’s cabinet picks describe Russia as a ‘great power’ I thought I would briefly outline Russia’s greatness.