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The Present Anarchy

October 13, 2021

Today, the concept of a legitimate international order is under serious and constant attack from many quarters. Merely to recount these attacks gives readers a sense of the unrelenting assaults upon the very idea. The invasion and annexation of Crimea and the Donbas; poisonings and assassinations of Russian dissidents and ex-secret agents, as well as […]

Russia in the Middle East: Are We at an Inflection Point?

July 9, 2020

Recent developments in Russia’s relations with Middle Eastern states suggest an impending inflection point in those ties. Since 2015 when it intervened in Syria, Moscow has prospered in the Middle East. As virtually every analysis points out, Russia is now an indispensable and trusted interlocutor for almost every Middle Eastern state and has hitherto adroitly […]

Russia and the Middle East: Oil, War, and Peace (Audio)

April 6, 2020

President Barack Obama infuriated Russians in 2014, especially leader Vladimir Putin, by calling the country a “regional power” that seized part of Ukraine out of weakness, not strength. This provoked Putin and his regime to “double down” on their existing efforts to undermine U.S. interests around the world, Russian expert Dr. Stephen Blank told participants […]

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