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