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Putin Doubles Down in Syria

August 23, 2016 · Stephen Blank

A year ago, President Obama opined that Russian intervention in Syria would turn into a quagmire. One year later, however, Russia is expanding and consolidating its positions and goals in Syria. Bashar Assad’s rule ...

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Egypt’s Crackdown on the Human Rights Community

August 23, 2016 · Ann M. Lesch

This essay addresses the unprecedented crackdown against advocacy organizations – a crackdown that could permanently silence voices who seek to foster an Egyptian polity based on the rule of law and respect for citizens’ ...

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Twenty-Five Years after the Coup that Ended the USSR

August 22, 2016 · Chris Miller

Russian tanks are not widely known as instruments of democracy, but at least one can claim that mantle. Twenty-five years ago this week, Boris Yeltsin, who would later become president of independent Russia, climbed ...

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Why Is Russia Blowing Smoke (Literally)? The Military Uses of Artificial Fog

August 19, 2016 · John R. Haines

Russian armed forces caused the closed city of Severomorsk to "plunge into the fog" for three days (10-12 August), reported Novosti Kratko and other Russian language news portals. Special-purpose "stationary and mobile smoke screening ...

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Armenia’s Everlasting Protest and Its Resonance in Post-Soviet States

August 18, 2016 · Nelli Babayan

The past July marked yet another summer of unrest in Armenia. However, unlike the protests of 2015 dubbed “Electric Yerevan,” the events of 2016 have been more controversial. The Electric Yerevan protests drew people ...

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The Russian-Turkish Reset

August 8, 2016 · Gallia Lindenstrauss, Zvi Magen

The Erdogan-Putin August meeting is likely to be a beginning of a new phase in Turkish-Russian relations. The new independent line in Turkey’s foreign policy, in which at times it will be aligned with ...

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The Suffocating Symbiosis: Russia Seeks Trojan Horses Inside Fractious Bulgaria’s Political Corral

August 5, 2016 · John R. Haines

Speaking at a November 2011 Valdai roundtable in Krasnogorsk, Russian President Vladimir Putin famously compared the European Union to a hamster, which, having stuffed its cheeks with food—a metaphor for new member-states—now finds itself ...

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The American Professional Military Ethic: Ephemeral and Unenforceable?

August 5, 2016 · Frank G. Hoffman

Despite concerns noted by scholars and professional military officers over the past 15 years, we have not paid enough attention to the topics of civil-military relations and the professional character of the U.S. officer ...

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The Real Terrorist Threats to the Rio Olympics

August 5, 2016 · Vanessa Neumann

Fears of terrorism are standard before any Olympics, but the peculiarities surrounding 2016’s Summer Olympics in Rio give added cause for alarm. These Olympics face a witches’ brew that have led to a sense ...

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Red State China? Why China (Sort of) Likes Trump

July 29, 2016 · Jacques deLisle

Ordinarily, China’s preference is unquestionably for continuity in power of the incumbent party (and, where possible, the incumbent president) in the United States. But, in China as in the United States, 2016 may ...

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