April 18, 2015

Hot Topics: Ukraine Minsk II is hanging by a thread

Minsk II is hanging by a thread

Clearly neither side is in any mood to back down and so we should expect a major springtime offensive in the Donbas sooner rather than later

Hot Topics: Middle East Making sense of Russia's arms deals with Iran and China

Making sense of Russia's arms deals with Iran and China

Economic considerations, rather than geopolitical considerations, may have played an important role in Moscow’s decision to supply both Iran and China with new missile systems

Hot Topics: Ukraine Hard thinking about Russian soft power: What to do next

Hard thinking about Russian soft power: What to do next

Given the current international context, recent initiatives by Russia to boost its soft power abroad are losing their effectiveness. What’s needed now is a long-term strategy for Russian soft power

Hot Topics: Middle East Can Islamic money be a remedy for Russia's economic problems?

Can Islamic money be a remedy for Russia's economic problems?

As a way to offset Western financial sanctions, Russia is interested in attracting tens of billions of dollars from the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Indonesia and other rich, predominantly Muslim states, and becoming a new center for Islamic finance. Will it succeed?

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