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Revisited: Can Putin Survive?

Revisited: Can Putin Survive?

Editor's Note: This week, we revisit a Geopolitical Weekly first published in July 2014 that explored whether Russian President Vladimir Putin could hold on to power despite his miscalculations in Ukraine, a topic that returned to prominence with his recent temporary absence from public view. While ...

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A Bridge over the Mediterranean: The French-Egyptian Arms Deal

A Bridge over the Mediterranean: The French-Egyptian Arms Deal

A recent arms deal between Egypt and France may indicate a change in the regional balance of power; Egypt's traditional reliance on U.S. arms and assistance may be gradually shifting towards other actors such as France, the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.  Because Israel has a fundamental ...

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A Bad Agreement with Iran Will Undermine Middle East Stability

A Bad Agreement with Iran Will Undermine Middle East Stability

While Iran negotiates an agreement with the West on its nuclear program, it holds naval exercises near the Straits of Hormuz, sinking a mock-up of the USS Nimitz, an American aircraft carrier.

(AFP Photo/Fars News/Hamed Jafarnejad)

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Share The Intersection of Three Crises

 Share The Intersection of Three Crises

Within the past two weeks, a temporary deal to keep Greece in the eurozone was reached in Brussels, a cease-fire roadmap was agreed to in Minsk and Iranian negotiators advanced a potential nuclear deal in Geneva. Squadrons of diplomats have forestalled one geopolitical crisis after another. ...

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Red Alert: Rocket Fire Could Signal New Offensive on Mariupol

Red Alert: Rocket Fire Could Signal New Offensive on Mariupol

A car burns amid debris after rockets shelled the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, on Jan. 24.
(Image from Reuters video)

Analysis

Reports of heavy rocket artillery firing on the eastern parts of the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, as well as a statement made by a separatist leader, indicate the potential ...

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Russia's Plans for Arctic Supremacy

Russia's Plans for Arctic Supremacy

Summary

Although the crisis in Ukraine continues to focus attention on Russia's western border, Moscow is seeking to exploit a more lucrative prize along its vast northern frontage: the Arctic Circle. Melting ice has opened up new transit routes and revealed previously inaccessible oil and mineral ...

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A War Between Two Worlds

The murders of cartoonists who made fun of Islam and of Jews shopping for their Sabbath meals by Islamists in Paris last week have galvanized the world. A galvanized world is always dangerous. Galvanized people can do careless things. It is in the extreme and emotion-laden moments that ...

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America’s Unacknowledged Problem

America’s Unacknowledged Problem

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Turkey is formally a NATO ally. But Erdogan-led Turkey has not behaved as an ally or a friend of the US for years. It is a mystery why the Obama Administration refuses to acknowledge that Turkey is a Trojan horse in NATO, and that Ankara undermines American interests in the ...

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Viewing Russia From the Inside

Viewing Russia From the Inside

Last week I flew into Moscow, arriving at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. It gets dark in Moscow around that time, and the sun doesn't rise until about 10 a.m. at this time of the year — the so-called Black Days versus White Nights. For anyone used to life closer to the equator, this is unsettling. It is the ...

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