Russia-NATO Relations

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?

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 28, 2017) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 approaches the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The aircraft carrier is underway conducting test and evaluation operations.(U.S. Navy photo by Erik Hildebrandt/Released) 170728-N-UZ648-093 Join the conversation:, https://www.flickr.com/photos/usnavy/35935346800/in/photolist-73xwQ3-bx8A7m-8bgZJZ-jGtJPV-8rFwu6-WKu3CQ-2bPge3b-6CYVDv-FjbmE-dq1KwF-Rz9xwb-fqWPet-WXvXgH-WCC7qw-VTgAR6-VHscgC-r69uHG-SMTp9i-afUB7x-pkLXJD-pkSCdZ-RNoCeE-XapLGv-S6favF-WphFgD-eX7i2e-WfVpyx-X7okFP-nYd9Zc-Wi7YwJ-WGnjWo-8E831P-34Ydj3-8bk4ff-VHWtSk-VQnRWU-RRGeMW-X7ouFx-7xWZ7b-RRGgvf-X7nTRH-bzyXYC-piQzBd

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?

A Georgian ship sunk in the 2008 war, cc Flickr Gavin, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

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.

Russia-Ukraine Row: NATO’s Eastward Trajectory Is the Real Problem

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NATO’s eastward drift has put Kiev in an impossible position.

Russia-Ukraine Naval Clash off of Crimea

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Russian vessels have fired on the Ukrainian Navy near Crimea, risking a major escalation of the Ukraine crisis.

Belarus After Lukashenko: The Next Ukraine?

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Anything is possible when Belarus’ long-serving president steps aside, including a repeat of the Ukraine crisis.

Backgrounder: Ukraine Politics

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A backgrounder on the internal politics of Ukraine, a country caught in an East-West geopolitical crossfire.

The Bering Strait: A New Chokepoint for Great Power Competition

The attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) rests in the Arctic Ocean after surfacing through three feet of ice during Ice Exercise 2009 on March 21, 2009. The two-week training exercise, which is used to test submarine operability and war-fighting capability in Arctic conditions, also involves the USS Helena (SSN 725), the University of Washington and personnel from the Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones, U.S. Navy. (Released), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USS_Annapolis_ICEX.jpg

The Northern Sea Route through the Arctic will alter global trade flows and in doing so create new geopolitical chokepoints. Chief among them is the Bering Strait, where US, Russian, and Chinese interests converge.

The Geopolitics of the Black Sea

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Long the site of great power competition, the Black Sea region appears to be heating up once again.

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