Russia and the US: another cold war?

By Ayaz Ahmed During his election campaign, President Trump repeatedly demonstrated his alacrity to bury the hatchet with Russia and work with President Putin to resolve the protracted Syrian and Afghan conflicts. This led liberals in the US to challenge pessimistic view of the realists by foreseeing a period of meaningful cooperation between the Cold […]

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MOSCOW  – Russia will argue at the United Nations that an apparent chemical attack that left scores dead in Syria was in fact contamination caused by rebels’ chemical munitions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. Russia has already suggested it would publicly stand by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Russia and its armed forces will […]

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Russia’s new great game

By Ayaz Ahmed The recent Russian diplomatic overtures towards Afghan peace and its secret rapprochement with the Taliban show that Russia wants to play a new Great Game in Afghanistan. In this regard, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have capitalised on the fateful election of Donald Trump as the US president to steadily outsmart […]

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China-Russia Strategic Cooperation: The West Has So Far Gotten It Wrong

By Alexander Korolev A comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Russia is something that has not been taken seriously in the post-Cold War Western academic and “think tank” communities. While it was implicitly recognised that a potential alignment between the two Eurasian great powers may have tremendous geopolitical ramifications and the potential to transform the […]

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Russia says US ‘aggression’ in Syria would mean ‘tectonic shifts’

“Direct aggression” by the United States toward the Syrian government and armed forces would lead to “frightening, tectonic shifts” in the Middle East, RIA news agency cited Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on Saturday. Russia and the United States back opposing sides in the Syrian conflict. A US-Russian brokered ceasefire in Syria […]

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Biden Meets With Erdogan, Backs Turkish Invasion Of Syria

Under the pretext of “strengthening Turkey’s security by clearing terrorist groups from the border and maintaining Syria’s territorial integrity,” the Turkish army launched a major escalation of  war in Syria on Wednesday with a cross-border operation codenamed Euphrates Shield. Turkish units began their assault on ISIS and Kurdish militia forces at 4 AM local time, […]

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Russia vs the US in the Middle East

By Peter Apps Two years into Washington’s war against Daesh (the self-proclaimed IS), it may finally be winning. At the same time, however, its influence over events in the broader Middle East seems perhaps terminally in decline. What happens in the coming months and years in Syria will be key to the future shape of […]

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The Lonely Business of Ruling Russia: How Putin Makes His Staff Decisions

By Tatyana Stanovaya In recent months, Putin has fired several of his old associates, including his former chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov. In their place, he has hired new loyal strongmen from the security services —also called the siloviki — to fill important administrative positions. Putin’s regime is changing from within.  The first hint of […]

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