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The outlook for Russia this year is more complex and harder to predict than at any point since President Vladimir Putin took power 16 years ago. Mr. Putin has ruthlessly ratcheted up the stakes in his drive to ensure that Russia is once again recognized as a great power with a voice in global affairs that cannot be ignored. The coming 12 to 18 months will be decisi...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict has fundamentally altered its stand-off with the United States and Europe. Until Russia launched its first air strikes in Syria on September 30, the crisis in Ukraine was near the top of the international agenda. At the time, some still feared an escalation of the military conflict, or that Russia and Nato could sleepwalk int...