Infographic: Russia: the level of trust in 2016
27 September 2017
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Church-state tensions in Russia
The symbiosis between the state and the Russian Orthodox Church has long been taken for granted. Yet tensions are emerging at the worst possible moment for the Kremlin, in part due to the church hierarchy’s misjudged appetite for property. The ensuing backlash could complicate President Vladimir Putin’s bid for a ...
Dr. Svyatoslav Kaspe
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Turkey: an awkward partner
As Turkey’s unstable internal politics have lurched toward repression, its foreign policy appears to have lost direction. The escalating war with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has pushed resolution of the Kurdish question into the distant future, while terrorist strikes and a conflict with Russia have dragged Ankara deeper into ...
Dr. Udo Steinbach
Mr. Putin’s private army
In a surprise move, clearly aimed at bolstering his own personal power and security, President Vladimir Putin has announced the formation of a Russian National Guard. The new entity is to be created within the Ministry of the Interior (MVD) and its mandate will be to fight terrorism and organized ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
As Kurdish influence grows, statehood is still distant
War and chaos in Syria and Iraq have catapulted the Kurdish minorities in those countries into a position of unprecedented influence and even military power. Turkey is meanwhile waging a counterinsurgency campaign against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the country’s southeast, while Iran’s relations with the Kurds and other ...
Professor Dr. Amatzia Baram
Syria’s future: the losers and winners
For all the confusion about Syria’s civil war, there’s no doubt about the big loser – the Syrian people. But nearly every regional power that has intervened to advance its own interests has also paid a heavy price, as has the European Union, a not-so-innocent bystander. For now, the most ...
Dr. Samir Nassif