Russia's Military Is Back

*Nikolas K. Gvosdev, a senior editor at The National Interest, is a professor of national-security studies at the U.S. Naval War College. The views expressed are entirely his own.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Vladimir Putin’s presidency has been his commitment to revitalizing Russia’s military. Putin, who has noted that Russia’s perceived weakness makes it vulnerable to external pressure and internal disruption, is pushing for increased funding to transform the Russian armed forces from the debilitated remnants inherited from the old Soviet superpower military machine into a smaller, but more modern, mobile, technologically advanced and capable twenty-first century force.


Turkey gets cold shoulder from Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Turkey gets cold shoulder from Shanghai Cooperation Organization
A scene from the summit of 13 heads of state held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. (
Photo:Reuters, RIA Novosti)

Despite Turkey's desire to establish closer ties with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Turkey, an SCO dialogue partner, was not invited to the organization's latest summit in Bishkek. This, analysts say, is the result of Turkey's image -- due to its Western-linked foreign policy -- as a Trojan horse of the West.

The US- Russian deal and the rise of Iran: What will Turkey do?

Gokhan Bacik

Two significant developments have changed the rules of the game in the Middle East in general and on the Syrian issue in particular: the US-Russian initiative on Syria, and the rise of Iran as a potential partner in the solution of a regional problem.

EU vs. Russia


Amanda Paul

17 September, 2013

Two weeks ago I wrote about the decision of Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan to join the Russian-led Customs Union instead of proceeding with a trade agreement Yerevan had spent over three years negotiating with the EU.

A victory for Mr. Putin

 A victory for Mr. Putin

Omer Taspinar

15 September, 2013

It was a good week for Mr. Putin. At a time when the whole world expected US President Barack Obama to punish the Syrian regime, everyone has instead witnessed Russian diplomacy at its best. President Vladimir Putin claims victory for stopping a war and he also gets to admonish the Americans in the New York Times.

Moscow's Fear of Jihad Drives Policy on Syria

 Moscow's Fear of Jihad Drives Policy on Syria

A Commentary by Uwe Klussmann

12 September 2013

A Free Syrian Army fighter in eastern Syria.


Russian President Vladimir Putin is clearly enjoying his role as a key player in the Syrian conflict. But Moscow also has a very real concern: If Islamist extremism prevails in Syria, there could be serious consequences for Russia.

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