The Kremlin’s Strategic Plans for Siberia

Siberia is typically perceived as a remote wilderness full of frozen tundra and vast forests. It occupies an area of about 13 million square kilometers, which represents approximately 10% of the earth’s surface. However, its population density is amongst the lowest in the world, at only three people per square kilometer. It is covered with […]

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  • January 31, 2021

Tajikistan’s Energy Woes: Resource Barriers in Fragile States

There is finally good news coming out of Dushanbe this year: if all goes well, the capital of Tajikistan will probably get enough power to heat apartments and flats throughout the city, day and night.  This marks a considerable improvement from previous winters when state mismanagement of utilities, combined with harsh weather forced severe restrictions […]

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  • January 31, 2021

Sledgehammer (Balyoz): How Turkey Averted a Coup in 2003

Dani Rodrik, the esteemed Harvard Professor of Economics, recently engaged in a high-profile effort to portray the historic Ergenekon case as a politically motivated plot skillfully contrived by the Turkey’s ruling party, AKP, and its collaborators in the country’s judiciary. At monthly intervals, Mr. Rodrik publicly denounced the thousands of pages of evidence collected by […]

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  • January 31, 2021

Russia’s Policy of Integration in Central Asia

With the beginning of V. Putin’s third term presidency Russia started its new approach towards Central Asian States. Russia’s increased interest was its desire to assert a presence in areas in which Moscow had little involvement during V. Putin’s previous (first and second) presidency periods. Especially Russia has in the last two years showed interest […]

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  • January 31, 2021

The Rising Price of Russian Natural Gas

Most observers will be forgiven for assuming that the Russian gas industry can be summarized with one word: ‘Gazprom.’  Recently, however, a series of exogenous changes combined with developments inside Russia have caused the picture to become slightly more nuanced.  Externally, depressed European demand for natural gas due to the economic recession of 2008-2009, together with […]

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  • January 31, 2021

Pivot to Asia: US Strategy to Contain China or to Rebalance Asia?

recent changes in the global politics and economy have spurred the world powers to do the utmost in furthering their national goals in-order to seek multiple financial gains. The economic hunger and greed have become the defining characteristics of today’s powerful states as the inclination of international community towards Asia-Pacific is one such example. It […]

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  • January 31, 2021

OSCE Mediation of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

When the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict erupted at the end of 80s and beginning of 90s no one could presage it would remain immune to a final solution over decades. Armenia and Azerbaijan have locked horns over the destiny of the region that was part of Azerbaijan throughout decades, despite the opposing narratives of Armenia suggesting the […]

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  • January 31, 2021

National and Religious Revival in Tatarstan

Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan Republic, is one of the most distinctive cities in the Russian Federation. What makes Kazan distinctive is that it is a site of integration, collision, and amalgamation of two worlds and two cultures: Orthodox Russian and Islamic Tatar. In Kazan the tall minarets of mosques stand next to the […]

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  • January 31, 2021