Tag Archives: Vladimir Putin

Japan Courts Russia at Sochi Summit

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.

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What’s Behind Russia’s Rapprochement With Pakistan?

What does the Kremlin’s emphasis on Pakistan say about the state of Russia-India ties?

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Why Putin Has Pulled Russia out of Syria

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

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Is Russia Plotting to Bring Down OPEC?

Russia can be seen as maneuvering to split OPEC into two blocs, with Russia, although not a member, persuading the "Russian bloc" to isolate Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab OPEC members within OPEC. This might persuade the Saudis to seek a compromise with the have nots.

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UK’s Election Results a Blow to US Foreign Policy Goals?

The decisive Conservative victory in the UK may deal a blow to the "special relationship" with the United States on issues of global defense and security.

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The New Russia, the New Ukraine, and Europe’s Future

A stable international order requires a hegemonic power or powers to contain conflicts. As the West has turned inwards, emerging regional powers have tried to fill the vacuum and conflicts have festered, says George Soros.

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Why Russia Wants Crimea’s Control

On Sunday, Crimea voted to split away from Ukraine and return to the Russian fold. For a vast majority of Crimea’s Russian-speaking population this is an act of redressing a monumental injustice that happened in 1991 when Crimea, which geographically, ethnically and historically is more Russian than many regions of Russia itself, became part of a foreign state as the …

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The Many Shades of Grey in Ukraine

When is an invasion not an invasion? When is sovereignty not sovereignty? When is an unelected regime more legitimate than an elected government? The answer, it seems, is when we are discussing Ukraine. The crisis in Ukraine has swiftly turned into a global stand-off. It has also become the focus for a war of words about the meaning of freedom, …

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Russia’s Land Grab

In just 48 hours, Russia took over and occupied Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula. The seizure of Crimea has created the greatest confrontation between Russia and the West since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Russia is challenging the world order and so far, the West does not have an adequate response.   At an emergency meeting of the UN …

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Sochi Olympics’ Questionable Legacy

In 2007, when Sochi was selected to host the Games, Russian President Vladimir Putin guaranteed that they would be a ‘safe, enjoyable and memorable experience’. The Games are very much President Putin’s personal project, designed to showcase the new Russia that has emerged under his leadership over the past decade. However, the Sochi Games have also long been viewed in …

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