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  • Russia and the Syrian Conflict

    Russia and the Syrian Conflict

    Syria is a long-term Russian ally, before and after the demise of the Soviet Union, primarily under the presidency of the Assads, father and son, and provides the only foothold to Russia in the Middle East.

    December 14, 2015

    The Crash of Metrojet 9268 in Sinai

    The air crash might prod the US and its allies to seek a political accommodation with Russia on Syria, and a grand coalition might emerge against the IS. But, even such a coalition will take long to dismantle the IS, assuming it were doable.

    November 13, 2015

    Russian Bombing in Syria: An Interim Assessment

    Russian Bombing in Syria: An Interim Assessment

    It is now abundantly clear that Russia has emerged as the most important player in Syria. With the US on the defensive, the coalition that Russia is forging with Iran and Iraq is likely to get stronger.

    October 27, 2015

    Russian Military Intervention in Syria

    Russian Military Intervention in Syria

    Will the action of Russia make it easier to find a negotiated political agreement on transition among Syrians? Most unlikely.

    October 06, 2015

    Russia’s New Game Plan

    Russia’s New Game Plan

    The central theme of Korybko’s article is to highlight the pivotal importance of Pakistan and the Russian eagerness to build a foundation of political trust with the Pakistani leadership.

    September 18, 2015

    China-Russia Naval Ties and the Balance of Maritime Power in Asia

    China-Russia Naval Ties and the Balance of Maritime Power in Asia

    A growing Sino-Russian-Pakistani maritime nexus in the IOR poses a challenge to India’s influence in the Indian Ocean and heralds a potential change in the Asian balance of maritime power.

    August 27, 2015

    Russia’s New Military Doctrine: An Overview

    Russia’s New Military Doctrine: An Overview

    The new military doctrine reflects Russia’s views on the changing geo-political order. It perceives key military risks as emanating primarily from the ‘West’ and dwells on measures to counter them.

    April 16, 2015

    Russia, Turkey, and Iran: Moving Towards Strategic Synergy in the Middle East?

    This article aims to delve into the patterns of convergence and divergence of interests among three key regional players in the Middle East: the Russian Federation, Turkey and Iran.

    March 2015

    Eurasian Economic Union: A Preliminary Assessment

    Eurasian Economic Union: A Preliminary Assessment

    Is the Eurasian Economic Union aimed at reincarnating the Soviet Union minus the Marxist ideology? While some in Russia assert that the term “union” symbolically harkens back to the Soviet Union, many outside Russia fear that it could be so.

    December 01, 2014

    Islamic State not invincible: Need to take Russia, China on board

    Islamic State not invincible: Need to take Russia, China on board

    China, like Russia, suffers from domestic terrorism (the Uyghur East Turkestan Islamic Movement). Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has put China on a list of countries accused of persecuting Muslims, thus making it a target for jihad.

    September 15, 2014

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