Russia vs. Belarus: Money for Sovereignty?

Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin

by Tatyana Ivanova Russian President Vladimir Putin may be plotting to repeat the Crimean scenario in Belarus. At the beginning of the year, Putin started talking about a deeper integration of Russia and Belarus. This was a surprise even to… Continue Reading  

Goodbye, INF Treaty. Hello, New Arms Race?

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin (oleskalashnik via Shutterstock)

by Robert E. Hunter This past week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States will start the formal process of renouncing the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty concluded by the United States and the Soviet Union… Continue Reading  

Putin and Venezuela: What Russia Risks

Vladimir Putin and Nicolas Maduro

by Mark N. Katz Putin must find it not just annoying, but confusing. With Trump bent on pulling back from international engagement by disparaging NATO and announcing his intentions to withdraw from Syria and Afghanistan, a popular, democratic revolution appears… Continue Reading  

Is U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Pushing Gulf Arabs Closer to Russia?

Vladimir Putin (ID1974 via Shutterstock.com)

by Mark N. Katz At this point, it is not clear when—or even if—the Trump administration will carry out the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria that President Donald Trump said he would undertake.  Trump’s initial statement that the United… Continue Reading  

The Rise of Eurasia

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

by James M. Dorsey Asian players are proving to be conceptually and bureaucratically better positioned in the 21st century’s Great Game that involves tectonic geopolitical shifts with the emergence of what former Portuguese Europe minister Bruno Macaes terms the fusion… Continue Reading