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  

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  

Putin, Netanyahu, and the S-300 Missile Sales to Iran

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by Mark N. Katz There have been numerous reports about how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently called Russian President Vladimir Putin to express Israeli displeasure with Moscow ending its embargo on the sale of Russian S-300 air defense missile… Continue Reading  

Alternatives to Arming Ukraine

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by Mark N. Katz America, Europe, and some other countries have imposed numerous economic sanctions against Kremlin insiders as well as Russia as a whole in response to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and intervention in support of pro-Russian separatists in… Continue Reading