Mere money is not the same as the ability to hold a necessary resource hostage, and Moscow knows it.
Every great power in the region is courting the landlocked little crossroads within an inch of its life.
Leanca faces problems a-plenty as he works to hold down order after the events of earlier this year and straddles more foreign policy challenges than he ever likely imagined he would face. It will be interesting to watch his efforts.
Outbreaks of plague have become all too common over the last year in the Central Asian parts of the former Soviet Union. At last, one of those nations is determined to be a source of the solution, rather than a target of the problem. According to National Geographic — one of the few Western outlets […]
As with Ukraine, Putin is testing Europe’s resolve to see its expansion plans, and the dreams on which it was made, stand.
After a decade of hard work, Putin is finally poised to reclaim the Russian Empire he believes should exist of right.
Ukraine cannot hold out against Russian trade wars indefinitely; Europe’s shameful practice of holding out indefinitely a deeper integration has placed Kyiv in a position in which it must choose whether to protect its present or its future.
This is the truth of frozen conflicts: they are interwoven with everything they touch, and so when they thaw, they are all the harder to end.
Putin’s latest ploy will be a difficult one for Yanukovych to resist. The alternative is a return to an empire that has exploited Kyiv since the Muscovite Dukes took their spiritual and ancestral homeland centuries ago.
If Iran could easily turn to other commercial outlets, it already would be using them. Indeed, despite the recent tensions, an Iran-Georgia trade forum went ahead in early July, with business meetings and a product exhibition.