Russia-NATO Relations

Georgia Protests Put Russia Reset on Hold

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It appears as though the Georgian government has tumbled from the tightrope it has long been walking between Russia and the West.

Strategy through Partnership Is Key to NATO’s Future

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The best path forward for NATO may not lie in expansion, but rather forging new partnerships with other regional organizations.

Moldova: A Cornerstone of European Security

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Moldova could act as a bridge in the East-West conflict. Resolving the Transnistria conflict is a good place to start.

Ukraine Election Result

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Zac and Nick discuss the surprising yet not-so-surprising result of Ukraine's presidential elections, what it means for relations with Russia, and whether or not there's any life yet in the Minsk II peace process. Recorded on April 27, 2018.

The US Could Shoot Itself in the Foot with Russia Sanctions

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Washington should be careful that sanctions against Russian arms exports don’t impact trade relations with key allies like India.

Ukraine Civil War: RIP Minsk II?

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It’s getting harder to see how the Minsk II accords will ever be implemented. And that might suit the Ukrainian authorities just fine.

Moldova’s February Elections and Regional Geopolitics

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With recent elections producing a political stalemate, we can expect more of the same from Moldova’s foreign policy.

Whither the US-Centered, Rule-Based World Order?

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How long can a world order survive when its creator and primary benefactor is actively working to undermine it?

Is Another Russia-Georgia War Looming on the Horizon?

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Another former Soviet republic is pushing for EU and NATO membership, stoking fears of another Ukraine crisis.

EU-NATO Relations: Beyond Dependency?

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The Trump era brings uncertainty over the future of the Atlantic Alliance, but it also brings new opportunities for fruitful EU-NATO cooperation.

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