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Beyond COVID-19, Part 1: News Stories You Should Pay Attention To

As the United States and the world continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the news coverage has rightfully centered on the constant changing situation that Americans face each day. The Foreign Policy Research Institute will continue...

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Poisonings, Political Crises, and Missed Opportunities in Abkhazia

Abkhazia, one of Georgia’s breakaway regions, faces a major political crisis—its presidential frontrunner was allegedly poisoned for the second time in less than a year. The crisis highlights the challenges resulting from Tbilisi and the West’s static policy on...

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Russia’s Political Influence in Bulgaria

Speaking on July 11, 2019, at an international conference in Batumi, Georgia, European Council President Donald Tusk declared, “The collapse of the Soviet Union was a blessing . . . to the whole of Central and Eastern Europe.” Bulgaria,...

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Iran Crisis Threatens Neighbors in Central Asia and the Caucasus

The United States and the Islamic Republic of Tehran may be closer to conflict than at any point since the ...

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Three Conflict Scenarios for the Black Sea in 2020

What happens in the Black Sea does not stay in the Black Sea. The region’s status as a crossroad linking ...

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Trends in Terrorism: What’s On the Horizon in 2020

As we usher in a new year, what trends in terrorism are likely to dominate the global security landscape in 2020? Geopolitical realignments, emerging technologies, and demographic shifts will all contribute to different manifestations of ideologically and politically motivated...

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Russian Private Military Companies: Continuity and Evolution of the Model

Download Russian Private Military Companies: Continuity and Evolution of the Model  Executive Summary Russian private military companies or contractors (PMCs) ...

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The Extradition Case of Dmytro Firtash, A Ukrainian Oligarch with Global Connections

The Kremlin’s influence over political and business networks is everywhere these days, or so it would seem. Russian-style disinformation, corruption, and military doctrines are regularly discussed in the U.S. press. These stories often appear incredible. Yet, individuals like Dmytro...

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Russia’s Southern Strategy

The Russian Federation is pursuing an active and wide-ranging strategy to reassert and strengthen its dominant position in the greater Black Sea region, which the Kremlin believes is critical for the restoration of Russia's great power status. Consolidation of...

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Five Years of War in the Donbas

The war in the eastern Ukrainian region known as the Donbas has killed over 13,000 people, displaced millions, and led to the worst rupture in relations between the Russian Federation and the West since the end of the Cold...

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