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The Soviet Union was regarded by many as a closed historical
chapter. But a quarter century later, we are not so sure. The Chechen War saved
the Russian empire’s territorial core, while Vladimir Putin and his associates preserved
its key institutions – the army and the security services. This old guard is
now guiding a re-expansion into the outer circles of empire.
Dr. Pawel Kowal
Indo-Russian alliance was once one of Asia’s defining geopolitical
relationships. While both sides are keeping up appearances, less and less is
holding them together. The most important divergence is in geopolitical
outlook: Moscow wants to contain the West, while New Delhi is most concerned
about a rising China.
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
The partnership of old rivals, Russia and Turkey, has never been put to a greater test in the Black Sea region than it has since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014. In Turkey, it revived memories of Russia's expansionism, as well as highlighting Ankara's limited capacity to react forcefully. Turkey condemned the...
Professor Stefan Hedlund