Russia-NATO Relations

A Stronger Executive Can Help NATO Counter Emerging Threats

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Special Executive Presidential Privilege (SEPP) is a necessary counterweight to safeguard against the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation

Russia’s Strategy to Destabilize the Balkans Is Working

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The Kremlin is nurturing division throughout the region and threatening the delicate stability that has prevailed since the bloody break-up of Yugoslavia.

Putin’s Weapons: Wheat, Gas, and Elections

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The Kremlin is employing a multi-faceted strategy to break Western support for Ukraine, one that hinges on wheat, gas, and influencing elections.

A World Remade? Lessons from the Ukraine War

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The Ukraine war is producing some bitter lessons for those who believed that global society had moved beyond nation-based geopolitics.

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.

Kazakhstan: History Will Reward the Modernizers

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Kazakh President Tokayev faces a stark choice in the wake of the Ukraine invasion.

War and Peace

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How to fight one and keep the other.

The Battle for Sovereignty and Survival in Ukraine

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In the current Ukraine crisis lies an opportunity to build a new and lasting security architecture in Europe.

Afghanistan: Another Missed Chance for EU Strategic Autonomy?

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Those hoping for greater EU strategic autonomy in the wake of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan are setting themselves up for disappointment.

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.

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