August 21, 2017

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Russia in Libya: War or Peace?

Unexploded ordnance, tanks and weapons that were used during fighting between feuding militias in Misrata, the third largest city of Libya. (Photo by Joepyrek, CC license)

Europe must use its diplomatic leverage to ensure that increased Russian involvement does not come at the cost of further destabilization on Europe’s southern border. Read More »

Geo-politics and Afghanistan

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Is South Asia witnessing the beginning of a new geo-political game between two obvious blocs (Indo-Afghan-USA and Moscow-Beijing-Pakistan-Iran) divided by conflicting views on sources of terrorism and shared interests in regional peace and development? Read More »

View From Delhi: Gwadar Port and India’s Regional Policy

Chinese businesses have started using Gwader port for export of their products in recent days. (ViewsWeek photo via video stream)

Regional alignments are shifting with China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran coming together. The muscular diplomacy of the Narendra Modi government erred in its overestimation of India’s South China Sea leverage. India lacked traditional influence in that region and it is not even a claimant to the territorial disputes there. Today, therefore, its Look East policy is in shambles and a US retrenchment in Asia threatens to make it archaic. Read More »

Japan Courts Russia at Sochi Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Sochi. (Photo via video stream)

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to travel to Russia in spite of US warnings, and to propose a new level of economic cooperation, may prove to be an important step in pursuing a stronger long-term relationship with Russia. Read More »

Why Putin Has Pulled Russia out of Syria

Fighter jets parked at Russian air base in Latakia, Syria. (Photo via video stream)

The Russian president is proving he has learned what America didn't: to quit while ahead. Read More »

Europe’s Other Russia ‘Problem’

A vicinity of Moscow's famous Red Square. (Photo by Dennis Jarvis, Creative Commons License)

Russia’s economy continues to die a slow death, and is forecasted to contract even further this year. Europe must shine a spotlight on Russian business practices that threaten to have a global impact. Read More »

Russia Cries Dyadya (Uncle), Is Saudi Arabia Listening?

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Intensifying financial pressures on Russian energy companies, Saudis and their Gulf Arab allies might be tempted to decide to maintain pressure on prices and force Russia to absorb the cuts necessary to balance the global crude markets. Read More »

Saudis Planning a War of Attrition with Russia’s Oil Industry

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Saudi Arabia could be playing a longer game, intensifying its market share strategy by encroaching on Russia's traditional market in Europe. An increase in Saudi oil flowing to Europe threatens to undermine Russia's principle market. Read More »

Day of Reckoning for U.S. Shale Will Have to Wait

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Not only are Russia and Saudi Arabia keeping production elevated, new gains in oil production from the Middle East could offset any declines in the United States. Read More »

Oil Market Showdown: Can Russia Outlast the Saudis?

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Saudi Arabia and Russia cannot long withstand the pain they have brought upon themselves by maintaining low oil prices. They have, in effect, turned no pain no gain into intense pain no gain and set in motion the possibility neither will exit the low price Crudedome under its own power. Read More »