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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 […]

Russia: An ‘Organized Crime’ State Driven to Undermine U.S. Interests (Video)

November 1, 2017

Today’s Russia is an “organized crime” state intent on “playing the spoiler” to U.S. interests around the world. So agreed a panel of Russia experts at a Jewish Policy Center luncheon in Washington, D.C. on December 7. It is important for American policy makers “not to project our own values and thinking” onto the Russian […]

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