Pushing NATO into the Persian Gulf

by Paul R. Pillar Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper is in Brussels this week for a meeting of NATO defense ministers, with the Turkish incursion and related events in Syria likely to figure prominently in the discussions. But Esper… Continue Reading  

Understanding Russia and the UAE’s Special Partnership

by Giorgio Cafiero Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on October 15 with a delegation of Russian ministers, trade representatives, and officials. Putin’s trip to the Emirates—his first since 2007—was important for rapidly expanding Russian-UAE ties,… Continue Reading  

Landing in Riyadh: Geopolitics Work in Putin’s Favour

by James M. Dorsey When Russian President Vladimir Putin lands in Riyadh this week for the second time in 12 years, his call for endorsement of his proposal to replace the US defense umbrella in the Gulf with a multilateral… Continue Reading  

Can Russia Play Persian Gulf Mediator?

by Samuel Ramani On October 3, Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat published a wide-ranging interview with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In this interview, Lavrov reiterated Russia’s support for Syria’s return to the Arab League and extolled Saudi Arabia’s ability to… Continue Reading  

Green Light for Josep Borrell to Lead European Diplomacy

by Eldar Mamedov Josep Borrell will succeed Federica Mogherini as the European Union’s next high representative for foreign and security policy. That is the verdict of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee after its confirmation hearing with the nominee on… Continue Reading