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Beyond the screen - Related happenings
Events behind shifts in national and international policy in Russia and Eurasia.
17 May 2015 - Full text...

The EU and Russia - Far apart on energy needs
The EU is looking for non-Russian gas – but finding a way of maintaining relations with Gazprom is more complex. NEW
28 April 2015 - Full text...

Russia and the Gulf - Not the Soviet Union
A leading analyst argues that Russian policy towards the Middle East, and particularly the Gulf, derives from pragmatism, and not from ideology. NEW
24 April 2015 - Full text...

Russia and Eurasia - International headlines
A daily listing of Russia/Eurasia-related press reports
18 April 2015 - Full text...

Russia and Yemen - Wisdom and Neutrality
By pressing for international action, Moscow is sounding the alarm over the development of the Yemen conflict into something more serious.
11 April 2015 - Full text...

New 'front' in Ukraine - Governor and security chiefs arrested
The sacking of oligarch governor Igor Kolomoisky by president Poroshenko on 24 March, followed next day by the arrest of the head of the Ukrainian State Emergencies Service, Serhiy Bochkovsky, and his deputy, Vasyl Stoyetsky, opens a new front in Ukraine. NEW
25 March 2015 - Full text...

Collective woes of the 'FSU' (1) - Seven states in crisis NEW
Independence is still not the word to apply to the member countries of the former Soviet space. All suffer in different degrees from the crisis affecting Russia because of Western sanctions, aggravated by he fact that their economies are even less diversified than Russia’s and their populations more restless.
11 March 2015 - Full text...

Collective woes of the 'FSU' (2) - Seven states in crisis NEW
We ontinue our report of former Soviet states affectd by the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
10 March 2015 - Full text...

Russia’s defence spending under pressur - Russian and Kiev forces compared
The latest issue of the IISS Military Balance devotes 48 of its 500-odd pages to prevailing capabilities, trends and strategic economics in Russia and Eurasia, and 53 pages to the same region’s force strengths and defence spending.
6 March 2015 - Full text...

Russia’s ‘opposition’ - How to regain momentum
The shocking murder of Russian oppositionist Boris Nemtsov has given unexpected significance to what was to have been a day of anti-government protest, and is now officially one of mourning, in central Moscow. Any thought of the possible consequences must start with a look at the attempt of the ‘opposition’ to regain momentum a year of being sidelined by events in Ukraine.
1 March 2015 - Full text...

Minsk II - Cautions and questions
The four-party agreement on ending the murderous fighting in eastern Ukraine has shown a flicker if promise, but many factors remain to be tested.
15 February 2015 - Full text...

A Ukraine ‘solution’ - Need for diplomacy step by step
A realistic look at the ground situation shows how much remains to be done. NEW
14 January 2015 - Full text...

Putin on the barricade - ‘No pasaran’
The President’s 4th December state-of-the-nation address was a rallying cry for the home audience.
10 December 2014 - Full text...

The New Information War - Russia, the West and Ukraine
The recent launch by Russia of a new information site, called Sputnik, coupled with the launch of a British edition of the Russia Today television channel is stirring debate about a gathering ‘information war’ between Russia and the West. NEW
20 November 2014 - Full text...

Letter from Moscow - Russia under sanctions
Life in the capital is less stressful than most Western media suggest.
23 October 2014 - Full text...

Security concerns in Central Asia - The Strategic Survey, 2014
The IISS global survey highlights uncertainties threatening former Soviet territories.
26 September 2014 - Full text...

Pre-election Ukraine - Where ways diverge
With less than two months to parliamentary elections, President Poroshenko and premier Yatsenyuk have different ideas about Ukraine’s direction.
7 September 2014 - Full text...

Beyond the screen - Related happenings
Day to day event affecting major shifts in Russia/Eurasia national and international conduct
3 September 2014 - Full text...

Kiev coming apart? - Key parliamentary coalition crumbles
The resignation of premier Yatseniuk puts a spotlight on President Poroshenko’s limitations.
28 July 2014 - Full text...

Ukraine’s Poroshenko - From pacifist to war-maker
In Kiev, the leadership shows worrying signs of a lurch against international restraint
3 July 2014 - Full text...


 

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