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    Russian Media Leaks Sensitive Details of Armenia’s Defense Posture
    Mar18

    Russian Media Leaks Sensitive Details of Armenia’s Defense Posture

    In February, Russian sources confirmed a $200 million loan to Armenia. The loan—extended by Moscow to allow Armenia to buy up-to-date Russian weapons—had been promised in June 2015 (see EDM, June 29, 2015). In a rather unusual manner, and contrary to the agreement’s confidentiality clause, the Russian media published a list of weapons to be...

    Russia’s Evolving Role in the Caucasus.
    Mar18

    Russia’s Evolving Role in the Caucasus.

    …Undoubtedly, Russia’s strategic position in the Caucasus faces vulnerabilities that the West, Turkey and others appear willing to exploit. Russia will remain the region’s dominant military power for the near future, but its economic issues and security commitments in Ukraine and Syria could make sustaining influence in the Caucasus —...

    The ulterior motive behind Russia’s partial Syria withdrawal
    Mar18

    The ulterior motive behind Russia’s partial Syria withdrawal

    With great fanfare and “surprise” Russia once again seemingly out-maneuvered Western leadership in Syria. While much ink has been spilled debating whether President Vladimir Putin is executing a sound strategy—or is merely a tactical opportunist—it is clear that he has achieved his primary strategic goal: making Russia geopolitically relevant...

    Stepping Up or Backing Down? The African Union and Burundi
    Mar18

    Stepping Up or Backing Down? The African Union and Burundi

    As part of its efforts to maintain security on the continent, the African Union needs to prioritise the protection of civiliansThe African Union (AU) is not normally known for controversial action against the wishes of African heads of state. Since its birth in 2002, it has appeared consistently to prioritise the protection of presidents over...

    The Iran Case and Lessons for Nuclear Non-Proliferation
    Mar18

    The Iran Case and Lessons for Nuclear Non-Proliferation

    Contrary to the claims, sanctions may not have brought Tehran to the negotiating tableThe Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), agreed last July between Iran, the P5+1 and the EU, has largely dispelled concerns that Iran is working secretly to acquire nuclear weapons. It took twleve years to arrive at the JCPOA – there are various lessons...

    Securing the Wider North
    Mar18

    Securing the Wider North

    The defence of Europe’s northern regions has been brought into focus by recent Russian aggressionFor watchers of the northern perspective of UK national security and geopolitical interests, the latest Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), published in November, reflects the increased attention British strategists and defence...

    Armenia’s Delicate Balancing Act
    Mar18

    Armenia’s Delicate Balancing Act

    Armenia’s uncomfortable geographic position makes it difficult for the country to conduct an independent foreign policyFor Armenia, the smallest of the three states of the South Caucasus, independence has never been easy. Small and landlocked, Armenia has long struggled to maintain its security and ensure its survival, caught as it is...

    The Security Dilemma in the Western Pacific
    Mar18

    The Security Dilemma in the Western Pacific

    There is a real risk that the build-up of military capabilities in the region could spiral out of controlSince the beginning of the twenty-first century China has emerged as a military power with an Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) strategy in the Western Pacific. In response to this strategy, the US and its ally Japan have developed their...

    Could Putin’s Syria Withdrawal Backfire?
    Mar18

    Could Putin’s Syria Withdrawal Backfire?

    March 18, 2016 In each installment of “CGI Asks,” a selection of experts respond to a question about developments related to Russia and the broader region. This week, we ask whether Russian President Vladimir Putin’s surprise decision to withdraw most of the country’s military forces in Syria could have negative consequences for...

    Saudi Arabia Protects its Oil Market Share
    Mar18

    Saudi Arabia Protects its Oil Market Share

    Much has been made of Saudi vulnerability to low oil prices – but these concerns may be overblownSaudi Arabia’s oil policy and fiscal health have come under pressure recently as oil prices slipped from a June 2014 high of $115/barrel to less than $30/barrel in January 2016. Pundits and journalists came up with a melange of explanations to...

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