A Chronology of Militancy in the Russian Caucasus

Security concerns about militants in the Russian Caucasus have dominated talk ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Russia inherently breeds instability because it is so large and home to hundreds of ethnicities -- many of which have never wanted to submit to Moscow's authority.

Central Asian Qualms About Eurasian Union Mounting

By Stephen Blank 

The current Ukrainian crisis has focused attention on Russia’s drive to construct a Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and a customs Union as part of it. But Ukraine is by no means the whole story, as reservations if not resistance to the project mount in Central Asia.

Iran opens new chapter in relations with Russia

During a televised interview on Feb. 5, President Hassan Rouhani commented on Iran’s international relations, asserting that there will be a new dynamic in Iran-Russia relations.

Sochi: Putin Still on Track for Gold

Nikolas K. Gvosdev, The National Interest

The prevailing narrative in the Western media in the run-up to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi has been one of Russia’s shortcomings.

Japan and Russia: Arctic Friends

By Stratos Pourzitakis

The Arctic region has moved to the center of world politics in 2014, siting high on the energy security agenda of most East Asian countries, including China and Japan. The latter has recently been stepping up its efforts to build a stronger foothold in the area.

A More Assertive German Foreign Policy

By George Friedman and Marc Lanthemann
The Ukrainian crisis is important in itself, but the behavior it has elicited from Germany is perhaps more important. Berlin directly challenged Ukraine's elected president for refusing to tighten relations with the European Union and for mistreating Ukrainians who protested his decision.

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