Putin controls Middle East

Dr. Yaron Friedman

Analysis: The more US takes its time in regaining Sunnis' trust, Israel may grow closer to Saudi Arabia to prevent Iranian bomb. The entire world was surprised by the outbreak of the Arab revolutions: The Arab Spring in 2011, the Islamic Winter in 2012, and the reaction of the Arab regimes in 2013. Now comes the "Russians are back" era ahead of 2014.

The Ukrainian soap opera continues

Amanda Paul

Working on Ukraine is similar to watching a soap opera -- a cast of colorful characters in dramatic story lines, with Kiev moving from one crisis-ridden moment to another. Indeed, Ukraine's politicians are experts at keeping us on the edge of our seats. From an analyst's point of view, this is fascinating. As for ordinary Ukrainians, they simplylong for an uneventful, predictable state.

A Way Forward for the U.S. and Russia

Dmitry Ryurikov, The National Interest


When meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in October, Henry Kissinger mentioned with his characteristic humor that after trips to Russia he brings the Russian point of view to the American leadership, but that in the United States such information does not always help him. This is unfortunate. For Kissinger has much to offer Americans when it comes to Russia.


Prospects for Turkey Joining the Russia-Led Customs Union

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 10 Issue: 201

By: Cavid Veliyev

At the October 24 summit of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Minsk, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev suggested that Turkey may wish to join the Custom Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Eurasian customs union a far-fetched dream for Turkey, say analysts

Eurasian customs union a far-fetched dream for Turkey, say analysts

Aydin Albayrak

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev reportedly remarked last week that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had told him that Erdoğan wants Turkey to join the Eurasian Common Market, presently composed of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, but that idea is neither realistic nor in Turkey's interests, according to analysts.

How a war game brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster

Margaret Thatcher

Prime minister Margaret Thatcher was alarmed by intelligence reports about the Soviet Union's reaction. Photograph: Jockel Fink/AP

Jamie Doward * The Observer, 

Former classified documents show how close the Soviet Union came to launching an attack in 1983.

Chilling new evidence that Britain and America came close to provoking the Soviet Union into launching a nuclear attack has emerged in former classified documents written at the height of the cold war.

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