Russia`s Pivot or Pirouette to the East? A reality check

Thus Russia`s pivot to the East is unlikely to constitute the strategic coup that President Putin presented to the audience. In fact, it may well have been more directed at reassuring a domestic audience that Russia has options aside from the west. If so, Russia`s geopolitics may yet encounter reality in terms of hard economic truths. ...

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Modern Day Kremlin watching: back to the future

The national interest is thus replaced by money interests. This makes today`s Kremlin watching difficult as not all the various economic interests are obvious – some are hidden and some players have multiple conflicting interests, both economic and political. A return to Kremlin watching should not be grounds for misplaced optimism of so called hardliners being sidelined. Instead a closer look at “following ...

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Russia and Ukraine: That Reichenbach falls moment?

The town of Reichenbach and the falls are known the world over as the setting for a fictional event: it is the location where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's hero, Sherlock Holmes, fights to the death with Professor Moriarty, at the end of The Final Problem, first published in 1893. For reasons of balance, let us avoid saying which of the countries above represents Holmes and which Moriarty but Russia and Ukraine ...

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New US sanctions in force

Notwithstanding “arm in arm” photo opps of John Kerry, US Secretary of State, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, following the Iran “nuclear deal,” the fact remains that the Crimea annexation and the (largely currently unreported) ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict are still “unfinished business” as far as the US is concerned. ...

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