Since at least 2008, he has been striving to ‘Make Russia Great Again’ through the old Tsarist gambit of ‘strategic depth.’
As events in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia show, the edifice that Putin has painstakingly put in place is now in the greatest of danger.
The situation will fester, which will pose major challenges for statecraft, and for the stability both of Ukraine and of surrounding areas.
NATO must stand united against Russia’s desire to restore Soviet hegemony.
Policymakers should be asking themselves whose quality of life worsens thanks to the current unplanned mess.
The most important task is the resolution of the constitutional crisis and a return to the normal democratic process.
Weakening at home and friendless abroad, it finds itself on the back foot – and exposed to its nations’ reliance on EU funds.
Raisi, who presided over the execution of 5000 regime opponents in 1988, would be a strong bulwark against an Iranian version of Gorbachev taking over.
The prominence of Russians in the UK means that the UK can play an outside role in making the migraine even worse.
The UN genocide system is broken and needs a shot in the arm from a country willing to stand and be counted.
The EU is caught between making more effective decisions and compromising its smaller members’ interests.
From working with Lithuania to enable gas pipelines, to relaxing visas for Belarusians, there’s much we can do to put pressure on Lukashenko’s regime.
The opposition has already demonstrated their courage and fortitude. By all indications, for Europe’s last dictatorship, change is finally coming.
The banning of journalists from the European Games by the latter is a reminder of the question’s pertinence.