Russia-NATO Relations

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.

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.

NATO Nuclear Sharing: Why it Still Matters

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Despite geopolitical landscape changes, one strategic dictum endures: the best way to avoid war is to increase its potential costs.

Corruption Fight Devolves into a New Constitutional Crisis in Ukraine

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President Zelensky has set his sights on Ukraine’s constitutional court following a decision to reverse key anti-corruption reforms.

Geopolitics of the Nagorno-Karabakh War

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Historical background and geopolitical context for the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh war.

Threat of Sanctions Can Ensure a Smooth Election in Moldova

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Only the threat of penalties can break the current impasse over reform – a stasis that could destabilise the country.

Russia Relations under a Biden Presidency

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A Biden win in November does not bode well for US-Russia relations.

Invisible Warfare: NATO and the Geopolitical Storm on the Market Economy Horizon

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NATO states face a multitude of threats that transcend the military realm, and its high time that the Alliance’s planners took notice.

NATO Relations under a Biden Presidency

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Can a President Biden put the toothpaste back into the tube and restore faith in the North Atlantic Alliance?

Belarus: Delicate Situation in the Debilitated Dictatorship

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

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