Iran in Latin America: Threat or Axis of Annoyance?

Senior Fellow Douglas Farah's analysis of the debate over the level of threat posed by Iran's expanding diplomatic, trade and military presence in Latin America, and its stated ambition to continue to broaden these ties.read more

Chinese Naval Modernization: Altering the Balance of Power

Richard Fisher details China's naval modernization program and the potential impacts on U.S. interests in the Western Pacific.read more

The Eurasian Sand Table

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The Russian Enigma
by Arthur Waldron, Ph.D

Published on January 4th, 2005
To call Russia an “enigma,” while accurate enough, is a journalistic cliché, drawn from Winston Churchill’s celebrated phrase “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”read more
Russian Enigma Part Two
by Arthur Waldron, Ph.D

Published on January 5th, 2005
Winston Churchill thought that the key to the USSR’s future behavior would be “Russian national interests.”  This sounded like wisdom at the time, but in fact it tells us nothing unless it specifies what exactly are Russian national interests—and on that there was no obvious single answer even at the end of World War II but rather a host of competing imperatives—not least the need to keep the Communists in power, regardless. read more
Russian Enigma Part Three
by Arthur Waldron, Ph.D

Published on January 6th, 2005
When it comes to serving national interests through their foreign policies, few countries have ever proven very successful, whatever political theorists may tell us, and Russia in the decades ahead looks to be no exception.read more
Decentralization Reforms in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan: Slowly and Unsteadily
by Marianna Gurtovnik

Published on July 24th, 2006
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the presidents of independent Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have publicly recognized devolution of authority to locally elected officials as an important step toward more responsive and transparent governments.However, both leaders have failed to match their words with action.read more
After Iraq
by Arthur Waldron, Ph.D

Published on November 16th, 2006
As the end game for Iraq approaches, the United States looks set for its second clear-cut military defeat (Vietnam was the first)—and all the consequences that will bring.  Many seem to believe that the relevant parallel is with Vietnam: that the situation after American withdrawal will be a quick victory by those we have opposed, followed by peace and stability, other than for those Iraqis foolish enough to have joined us. That is completely untrue. If anything, an American exit will make things even worse.read more
After Iraq Part 2
by Arthur Waldron, Ph.D

Published on December 6th, 2006
The “After” in “After Iraq” seems to have drawn considerably closer in the three weeks since this column last addressed the issue. As American support for the war dwindles and even the administration seeks exits, the states in the region and beyond are taking America’s measure and positioning themselves for the post-American phase.read more
What Does Viktor Bout Know?
Foreign Policy Magazine
by Douglas Farah

Published on August 20th, 2010
It looks like the luck of Viktor Bout, one of the world's premier weapons traffickers, has finally run out. The surprise decision Friday of a Thai appellate to overturn a lower-court decision and allow Bout's extradition to stand trial in the United States on charges of trying to sell weapons to Colombian guerrillas means he should finally get his day in court.read more
Pipeline Politics: Is Putin Running Out of Gas?
The Weekly Standard
by Alex Alexiev, Steven F. Hayward

Published on May 27th, 2013
The Cold War is now so over that it might as well be grouped with the ancient ice ages, but there is one echo rolling across Europe from East to West: the Russian attempt to dominate the natural gas market on the European continent. As the energy sector accounts for 25 percent of Russia’s economy, any large changes in energy markets present major challenges for Vladimir Putin. Those old enough to recall the Soviet gas pipeline controversy of the early 1980s​—​a high-profile fight of the Reagan administration to deprive Moscow of hard currency​—​are right to have a feeling of déjà vu, as Putin’s motives transcend honest commerce.read more
The Saudis’ Duplicity
National Review Online
by Alex Alexiev

Published on August 22nd, 2013
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has now weighed in decisively on the Egyptian imbroglio by declaring his strong support for his “Egyptian brothers against terrorism, deviance, and sedition.” And the brothers he has in mind are not the Saudis’ long-term clients in the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) but their military oppressors. To underscore the decisive nature of this shift, the kingdom’s state-controlled press promptly wrote off the Brotherhood as “no longer relevant politically,” in stark contrast with Washington’s feeble efforts to prove the opposite.read more
For the Sake of Russia Putin Must Go
Family Security Matters
by Alex Alexiev

Published on October 25th, 2014
On the same day this week, the Russian press published two seemingly unrelated bits of news. The first was a statement by the deputy head of Putin's administration, Vyacheslav Volodin, at an international gabfest in Sochi that "today, if there is no Putin, there is no Russia;" the second marked a new request by Igor Sechin, CEO of Rosneft and Putin's right-hand man, for 2 trillion rubles ($82 bln) of state aid to overcome the effects of Western sanctions. The former is a display of exemplary obsequiousness to the great leader even by Soviet standards and betrays, if anything, lack of confidence, while Sechin's request smacks of desperation. It will be recalled that when the sanctions were first imposed, Sechin dismissed them as a joke and added that Rosneft had sufficient reserves for 20 years of production. Taken together these news are far from uplifting.read more
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