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23 February 2018

Language as a Soft Power Tool in Central Asia

Chinese, Russian and English are all competing to be Central Asia’s lingua franca. This has a bearing on the region’s ties to the rest of the world, as well as an impact on domestic political culture.

21 February 2018

Russia is Serving Iranian Interests in Eastern Syria

The Russian media’s focus on determining the death toll of Russian mercenaries in Syria obscures a wider challenge: Russia’s actions there are relying on Iran, and benefitting Iran. The benefits for Russia are far less clear. 

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16 February 2018

The Kremlin Remains Fixated on its Relations with the US

Although there has been much talk of Russia’s pivot to Asia, the question of Russia’s tense relations with America will dominate Putin’s fourth term.

13 February 2018

Conflicting Views: How the Russian Public Perceives Relations with America

A new survey shows how Russians might be open to changing their views about America. There is a growing willingness for cooperation, but a persistent reluctance for their country to make concessions. 

24 January 2018

Russian foreign policy: To overcome structural inertia

Putin has taught the world an important lesson: If you are the ruler of a great superpower and you are doing so well that you can rest on your laurels, inertia will drag you back into your past, having ruthlessly devoured decades of wasted time