Trump and Putin: Increasingly at Odds

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by Mark N. Katz After Trump’s election in November, he and some of his close advisers were optimistic about the possibility of improving Russian-American relations. They even were considering a “grand bargain” on strategic nuclear weapons, Ukraine, Europe more broadly,… Continue Reading  

Assessing the Putin-Rouhani Summit

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by Mark N. Katz The successful meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Moscow on March 28 indicates that the two leaders have similar views not just on Syria, but on several other issues. Still,… Continue Reading  

Targeting Iran’s Regime Will Strengthen, Not Break, the Moscow-Tehran Alliance

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by Mark N. Katz In a Wall Street Journal op-ed published on February 13, hawkish scholar Michael Ledeen argued that “dismantling the Khamenei regime as peacefully as possible” is the best way to end what he describes as the Russian-Iranian… Continue Reading  

Can Putin and Trump Succeed at Improving Russian-American Relations?

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by Mark N. Katz President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have made clear that they have a more positive view of each other than either has of outgoing President Barack Obama. Russian-American relations soured considerably during the Obama… Continue Reading  

Assassination in Ankara: Broader Implications

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by Mark N. Katz Some initially expected that the shocking assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey by an off-duty Turkish policeman would have soured Russian-Turkish relations. If anything, though, this episode appears to be drawing Moscow and Ankara even… Continue Reading