Nicholas Velazquez

Russia’s Strategy to Destabilize the Balkans Is Working

cc kremlin.ru, modified, meeting between Vucic and Putin at Kremlin in 2018

The Kremlin is nurturing division throughout the region and threatening the delicate stability that has prevailed since the bloody break-up of Yugoslavia.

Kazakhstan Pivots from Russia amid Ukraine War

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While Russia is distracted by the Ukraine war, Kazakhstan is quietly carving out some independent room for geopolitical maneuver.

Rise of a “Drone Superpower?” Turkish Drones Upending Russia’s Near Abroad

Turkish drone Bayraktar TB2, author Bayhaluk, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bayraktar_TB2_Runway.jpg

The proliferation of Turkish drones amongst Russian adversaries from Libya to Ukraine presents Moscow with a strategic challenge in its near abroad.

Is Belarus ‘Socially-Distancing’ From Russia?

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Following an oil dispute at the start of the year, Belarus and Russia’s relations are at an all-time low, potentially further isolating Russia in Europe.

Turkey’s Libya Gambit Will Not Go Unanswered by Egypt

Three old Libyan tanks, derelict after the failed intervention in the Chadian civil war. cc Flickr David Stanley, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Turkey’s expanding role in the Libyan Civil War presents a security threat to Sisi’s Egypt, one that is unlikely to go unchallenged.

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