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Section: Research Organizations & Think Tanks about Ukraine

    Could Russia Spoil Armenia’s Iranian Investment Dreams?
    Jul20

    Could Russia Spoil Armenia’s Iranian Investment Dreams?

    Expanded links with Iran could help Armenia break out of its isolation, but the Kremlin might have other ideas. From EurasiaNet.org. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

    No One Feels Safe in the New Crimea
    Jul20

    No One Feels Safe in the New Crimea

    Sixteen months after Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea, the peninsula’s human rights situation is getting progressively worse. The first wave of repression targeted mainly pro-Ukrainian activists and Crimean Tatars, while in 2015 the Kremlin’s victims have been Slavs: Ukrainians and Russians. Since early this year,...

    Isolated Russia has little left to lose
    Jul18

    Isolated Russia has little left to lose

    The one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting down of Flight MH17 over Ukraine is an opportunity to take stock of the costs of Europe’s latest, biggest, and apparently most intractable security crisis. Twelve months after Russia-backed separatists were first accused of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet, Europe’s...

    Weekend catch-up: Iran nuclear deal, MH17, China’s stock market, ANZUS and more
    Jul18

    Weekend catch-up: Iran nuclear deal, MH17, China’s stock market, ANZUS and more

    Earlier this week, an ‘historic’ agreement was concluded between the P5+1 and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program. The specifics of the deal, and whether it was a good one for the West, Iran or the Middle East has generated heated debate. Anthony Bubalo said the deal will form the basis of Iran’s cost-benefit analysis:...

    Berlin, Paris Seek Constitutional Status for Donetsk-Luhansk in Ukraine
    Jul18

    Berlin, Paris Seek Constitutional Status for Donetsk-Luhansk in Ukraine

    Twice in recent days (July 10 and 14), German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande have jointly demarched Kyiv to, first, legalize the Donetsk-Luhansk authorities in Ukraine’s constitution, and next, to legitimize those authorities through local elections in those territories. Moscow has been airing similar...

    Belarus Sitting on the Splits: As Uncomfortable as It Seems?
    Jul18

    Belarus Sitting on the Splits: As Uncomfortable as It Seems?

    In his interview to Euroradio, the charge d’affaires of the European Union’s delegation in Belarus, Richard Rudolph, underlined the gradual improvement in the relationship between the EU and Belarus. But he also made the following observation regarding Belarus’s willingness to have good relations with both the East and the West:...

    US/Israeli/Saudi ‘Behavior’ Problems
    Jul17

    US/Israeli/Saudi ‘Behavior’ Problems

    There is a madness in how the mainstream US media presents the world to the American people, a delusional perspective that arguably creates an existential threat to humanity’s survival. We have seen this pattern in the biased depiction of the Ukraine crisis and now in how Official Washington is framing the debate over the Iranian nuclear...

    Is Russia Planning a Summer Offensive in Ukraine?
    Jul17

    Is Russia Planning a Summer Offensive in Ukraine?

    The conflict in eastern Ukraine has been simmering for months, but speculation has risen that the Kremlin could order a major attack on Ukrainian positions in the coming weeks. Independent journalist Luke Johnson interprets the mixed signals coming from Moscow and the separatist “people’s republics,” finding that there may be strategic...

    Video Shows MH17 Aftermath, Kyrgyzstan Says Raid Foiled IS Plots
    Jul17

    Video Shows MH17 Aftermath, Kyrgyzstan Says Raid Foiled IS Plots

    Plus, human rights groups call out the West on Uzbekistan and Armenia on health care shortcomings. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

    The South Caucasus and the limits of Western power
    Jul17

    The South Caucasus and the limits of Western power

    If Russia is a “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” as Churchill famously claimed, then the South Caucasus region is a conundrum cloaked in obscurity and tangled in Gordian knots. The three countries of the region—Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia—have distinct ethnic, cultural, religious, linguistic, and geopolitical identities that...

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