The Russian president’s attempts at consolidating his ‘near abroad’ might have the opposite effect.
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.
Sino-Russian relations have flourished under a mutual disdain for US global influence. But is the relationship really as healthy as it seems?
NATO needs Turkey, and Turkey needs NATO.
Long the site of great power competition, the Black Sea region appears to be heating up once again.
Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit is an effective mix of old and new.
It will take direct and unified intervention, not tweets and condemnation, if the West is to head off a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib.
If past is precedent, we won’t be seeing any real ‘consequences’ from the seizure of a Russian tanker by Ukraine.
The Donbass will certainly be up for discussion – but what about the elephant in the room?
It appears as though the Georgian government has tumbled from the tightrope it has long been walking between Russia and the West.