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Prince Michael of Liechtenstein discusses Russia’s geopolitical moves and the reasons behind them
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 ...
Initial Balkan enthusiasm for Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline and the chance for the region to be at the energy crossroads for Europe has faded. But energy remains at the centre of a geopolitical battleground involving Europe and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions to rebuild a wider Russia. There is no sign his ambition will end in Crimea.
Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
The impact of the Ukraine crisis will extend far beyond the borders of this central European country. It will have longer-term ramifications for Europe’s stability, its military partnerships and for global competition. Closer ties with Russia have been ruled out by current events as the world faces a time of major geopolitical change.
Dr. Uwe Nerlich
Professor Stefan Hedlund
President Vladimir Putin’s self-created image of statesman fielding the Syria crisis and hosting major summits is seen by many in the West as part of stealthy manoeuvring on his part to place Russia back into a position of Cold War-era power. And with that power has come increasingly vocal threats to a number of post-Soviet countries with whom the European Union is...
As Vladimir Putin sweeps back to the Kremlin to reclaim Russia’s presidential seat, he has set, high on his agenda, his plans for a Eurasian Union. His vision is a Moscow-led powerhouse making Russia a major world player alongside the United States, the European Union and Asia. But is this simply political posturing to keep Russia’s neighbours in check, or can Mosc...