Russia-NATO Relations

The Wagner Group: Intrigue, War, and Resource Extraction in Africa and Beyond

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After initial deployments in Ukraine and Syria, the African continent has become the main theater for Wagner Group operations.

Belarus: Delicate Situation in the Debilitated Dictatorship

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Illusions of a sudden pro-Western and democratic Belarus are only that: illusions.

The Wagner Group: Origins and Early Deployments

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First in a two-part series, this backgrounder traces the origins and earliest deployments of Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit: the Wagner Group.

Belarus Crisis: The Geopolitical Stakes for the Major Powers

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The Belarus crisis is mainly the result of domestic political tensions. But paradoxically, this is an internal issue that carries a profound international dimension as well.

Belarus Crisis: The Russian Perspective

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What’s at stake for Moscow in the ongoing Belarus crisis, and how far is the Kremlin willing to go to protect its interests?

NATO’s Europe Redeployment: Political Opportunism or Sound Military Strategy?

cc US Army Flickr, modified, A U.S. Army Paladin assigned to Battery C, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, stands ready to fire during training at Hohenfels, Germany Jan. 22, 2018. The 2nd ABCT is among the units from 10 nations participating in Allied Spirit VIII, a multinational exercise designed to test participants' readiness and build upon existing relationships. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dustin D. Biven., public domain

Evaluating the motives, impacts, and strategic consequences of President Trump’s recent decision to shake up the US military footprint in Europe.

Belarus Presidential Election: Lukashenko’s Gamble and its Geopolitical Implications

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The time has come for Belarusians to choose their president, and the time may soon come for Belarus to pick a side in the geopolitical game going on above its head.

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.

Putin’s Spin Merchants Flip the Script as Key Referendum Approaches

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The president’s loyalists turn bad news into good ahead of a referendum that could keep Putin in power long after his current term ends.

Belarus: Presidential Elections, Russia, and Skewed Coronavirus Statistics

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Belarus’ skewing of COVID-19 statistics is unfortunate, but it must be viewed in the context of its ongoing high-stake geopolitical standoff with Moscow.

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