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Sergey Markedonov

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Sergey Markedonov is an Associate Professor at Russian State University for the Humanities based in Moscow (Russia). From May 2010 to October 2013, he was a visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC, USA). In April-May 2015 he was a visiting fellow at the Center for Russia and Central Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies (IIS), Fudan University (Shanghai, China).

29.06.2016

Weighing the pros and cons of NATO policy in the Caucasus

Weighing the pros and cons of NATO policy in the Caucasus

NATO policy in the South Caucasus primarily serves U.S. interests to contain Russia’s influence in the region. But will it be able to provide real security once it is needed?

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23.06.2016

Russia's role in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Russia's role in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

With the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict far from being resolved, Russia needs to persuade all the stakeholders that its attempts to alleviate the tensions are effective and crucial

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13.05.2016

22 years after the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire, historical battle persists

22 years after the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire, historical battle persists

Resolving the current conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is impossible without understanding the complex history of the region and the specific grievances of Armenia and Azerbaijan

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05.05.2016

Independence for Nagorno-Karabakh: A hard dilemma for Yerevan

Independence for Nagorno-Karabakh: A hard dilemma for Yerevan

What will be the implications if Armenia recognizes the Independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic?

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28.04.2016

Nagorno-Karabakh: Resolving a complicated puzzle

Nagorno-Karabakh: Resolving a complicated puzzle

Moscow’s primary concern about Nagorno-Karabakh is that any abrupt moves in the region may increase the risks of another military confrontation involving Azerbaijan and its breakaway republic

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15.04.2016

Why the terrorist threat in Russia just won't go away

Why the terrorist threat in Russia just won't go away

The recent terrorist attack in Russia’s Stavropol Region should be a warning sign for the central and regional authorities. Given the external threat of ISIS, more needs to be done to alleviate the future risk of terrorism in the region

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08.04.2016

Another Crimea scenario is highly unlikely in the South Caucasus

Another Crimea scenario is highly unlikely in the South Caucasus

The initiative by the breakaway republic of South Ossetia to hold a future referendum on joining Russia will almost certainly have an impact on Moscow’s relations with Georgia and the West

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04.04.2016

Nagorno-Karabakh may become another headache for Russia, the West

Nagorno-Karabakh may become another headache for Russia, the West

The protracted conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh remains a dangerous challenge for Russian, American and European mediators

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22.03.2016

Multiple explosions shake Brussels, leaving at least 28 dead

Multiple explosions shake Brussels, leaving at least 28 dead

The Brussels bomb attacks that took place on Mar. 22 echo the Nov. 13 Paris multiple attacks, fueling fears in Europe, while being an ominous reminder that the global terror threat is a big challenge for Russia and the West

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11.03.2016

The South Caucasus retains a fragile status quo

The South Caucasus retains a fragile status quo

The new status quo set in the South Caucasus back in August 2008 is generally being preserved, despite numerous problems, disagreements and the influence of dangerous background factors

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09.03.2016

The reasons behind turbulence in Russia's North Caucasus

The reasons behind turbulence in Russia's North Caucasus

Are there any connections between the Russian military campaign in Syria and the terrorist threat in the turbulent North Caucasus?

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01.03.2016

Two years after Crimea's takeover, no signs of reconciliation

Two years after Crimea's takeover, no signs of reconciliation

With the second anniversary of Crimea’s incorporation into the Russian Federation, neither Moscow nor Kiev can agree on what needs to happen next, and this is not a good sign

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29.02.2016

Will Chechnya's Kadyrov really step down?

Will Chechnya's Kadyrov really step down?

With the current term of Ramzan Kadyrov as head of Chechnya scheduled to come to a close in April 2016, the status of Chechnya is once again being called into question

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18.02.2016

Inside the rise to national prominence of Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov

Inside the rise to national prominence of Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov

Contrary to popular opinion, the growing power of Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov is not a new phenomenon. The question, though, is how far Moscow will let him go with his national political ambitions

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15.01.2016

What's next for Russia and the post-Soviet space in 2016?

What's next for Russia and the post-Soviet space in 2016?

What should the world expect from Russia's foreign policy in Ukraine, the South Caucasus and Central Asia? To understand, one needs to take into account the Syrian war, Russia-Turkey tensions and potential complexities around Afghanistan

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10.12.2015

What will change as a result of the power shift in Transnistria?

What will change as a result of the power shift in Transnistria?

Parliamentary elections in Transnistria could have implications beyond just Moldova, extending all the way to Ukraine and Russia

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08.12.2015

Do parliamentary changes in Armenia mean the country is shifting course?

Do parliamentary changes in Armenia mean the country is shifting course?

Now that Armenia is officially a parliamentary republic, it could have important implications for the future of the nation’s relations with Russia

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14.11.2015

Terror attack in Paris: A war without rules and limits

Terror attack in Paris: A war without rules and limits

The deadly terror attacks in Paris indicate that today’s terrorists are becoming even more brazen in their attempt to launch a war without rules and limits

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02.11.2015

Two reasons why ISIS claims to have downed a Russian airliner

Two reasons why ISIS claims to have downed a Russian airliner

The tragic crash of a Russian passenger plane in Egypt is now part of a broader information war between Russia and ISIS

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14.10.2015

How Moscow 'invests' in frozen conflicts

How Moscow 'invests' in frozen conflicts

For Russia involvement in ethno-political conflict is not kind of idee fixe. There are many interests and rationales behind it

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