Black Sea

NATO’s Warsaw Summit Leaves Russia Isolated and Dangerous

President Putin’s government’s actions over the past few years have left Russia largely isolated from majority of the rest of ...

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Are the Russia Sanctions Working?

The Russia-West relationship saw significant worsening as the Ukraine crisis unfolded in late 2013. After Ukraine’s President Yanukovych backed out ...

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

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 unable to swallow....

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Ukraine’s Deadly Profession: Three Journalists Attacked in July

On July 20, investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet was assassinated in Kyiv. Sheremet hosted a morning show at Radio Vesti and ...

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NATO’s Moves to Deter Russia Won’t End Georgia’s Membership Limbo

The tenor of NATO’s summit in Warsaw late last week focused overwhelmingly on deterring Russia’s military adventurism. While it was ...

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Georgia’s NATO Aspirations: Rhetoric and Reality

At the recent Georgian Defense and Security Conference, Western policymakers expressed strong support for Georgia’s accession to NATO, and Georgian policymakers reiterated that there was no turning back from their country’s western course. Neither of these statements is necessarily...

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Where Is China Headed?

Books in Review Thomas J. Christensen, The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power (New York: W.W. Norton ...

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By Love, Money, or Violence: The Struggle for Primacy in the Black Sea

Międzymorze is an interwar geopolitical vision conceptualized by the Polish leader Józef Piłsudski (and later adopted by Wladyslaw Sikorski). It is commonly rendered into Latin as Intermarium or "between the seas." The "seas" in Piłsudski's formulation are the endpoints...

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COLCHIS: Georgia and the geopolitics of resilience

Arguably, the most straightforward entree into the world of Georgian geopolitics is the West-Russia tension at the heart of its ...

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Has Ukraine Passed the Tipping Point Yet?

How are Ukraine’s reforms coming along? It depends who you ask. During a recent visit to Kyiv, I heard a ...

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