The Kremlin and the Kingdom: Contradictory Signals?

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by Mark N. Katz Two storylines about Saudi-Russian relations have recently dominated the airwaves. One is that Moscow and Riyadh are sharply divided by several issues: not only Syria and Iran, but also Crimea and the Russian belief that the… Continue Reading  

Why Russia Hasn’t Played Spoiler to the Iran Nuclear Talks

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by Mark N. Katz U.S.-Russian relations have sharply deteriorated, to put it mildly, over Ukraine in recent months. There has been widespread talk about the re-emergence of a new Cold War between Washington and Moscow. Indeed, some have even argued that… Continue Reading  

The Game in Ukraine

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by Mark N. Katz How will the crisis in Ukraine turn out? Nobody knows for sure, but a role-playing game that I ran in my undergraduate government and politics of Russia course at George Mason University yesterday offers some insights.… Continue Reading  

Will the Ukraine Crisis Impact Russia’s Mideast Policy?

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by Mark N. Katz As if the crisis in Ukraine wasn’t bad enough, the resulting tensions between Russia on the one hand and the US and most of Europe on the other will likely cause increased tension between Moscow and… Continue Reading  

What are Russia’s Options in Ukraine?

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by Mark N. Katz Now that Russian forces have taken Crimea away from Ukraine, what will President Vladimir Putin do next? There’s one thing he clearly will not do, and that’s give Crimea back to Kiev, as Ukrainian and Western… Continue Reading