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When Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in November, the ensuing conflict between the two countries had ripple effects in the South Caucasus and beyond. Turkey made a strong statement of its readiness to defend its interests in a turbulent neighborhood, reinforcing its status as a regional power to be reckoned with. Reactions to the incident on both sides plainly ...
The violent crackdown on protestors that took place on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as president has not yet been repeated. In the second in the series on Mr Putin’s return to the Kremlin and the new geopolitical landscape in Russia, we examine whether the Russian authorities’ alternate tactics of intimidation and harassment will work in the long term....
Professor Stefan Hedlund