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April 22, 2014

Ukraine
Is Ukraine on a Long Road to Rupture?

Ukraine may be heading for the type of frozen conflict that occurred in Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Moldova immediately after the breakup of the Soviet Union, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

February 13, 2014

Israel
Syria's UN ambassador Bashar Ja'afari (R) talks with Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin before members of the United Nations Security Council take part in a vote on a resolution eradicating Syria's chemical arsenal during a Security Council meeting during the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York September 27, 2013 (Bedford/Courtesy Reuters). This Week: Syria’s Machinations, Egypt’s Presidency, and Iran’s Bravado

Significant Developments Syria. Russia today presented a draft resolution on Syrian humanitarian aid access that includes a condemnation of “terrorism” to the UN Security Council. Yesterday, Russian…

September 17, 2013

Syria
Assad_Cropped The False Hope of International Judicial Intervention in Syria

The post below was written by my friend and colleague, Patrick Costello.  As the civil war in Syria grinds on, the President’s speech last week has shifted the debate from Congress back to the inter…

August 15, 2013

United States
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi carry a man who was wounded by rubber bullets and affected by tear gas during clashes with riot police on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Ramsis square area in central Cairo July 15, 2013 (Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters). Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Brutal Crackdown, Syrian-Related Diplomacy, and Israelis and Palestinians Negotiate

Significant Developments Egypt. President Barack Obama today strongly condemned the Egyptian military’s use of force and announced the cancellation of next month’s joint U.S.-Egyptian "Bright Star" …

December 13, 2011

Political Movements
Why Russian Protests Matter

The mass protests in Russia challenging the parliamentary vote reflect increasing hostility to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and have the potential to change Russian politics in a fundamental way, sa…

May 31, 2012

United States
A man cleans the scene of the burnt campaign headquarters of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq in Cairo on May 29, 2012 (Mohammed Salem/Courtesy Reuters). Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Vote and Syria’s Massacre

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. The Presidential Elections Commission officially announced Monday that there will be a run-off between Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq for the presidency…

March 2, 2012

Russia
Russia Update

Related Readings: Why the Russian Protests Matter

February 29, 2012

Russia
Russia: Politics, Protests, and the Presidential Election

Ahead of the Russian presidential elections on March 4, please join Leon Aron, Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr., and Stephen Sestanovich to assess recent demonstrations of public discontent in the Russian str…

February 29, 2012

Russia
Russia: Politics, Protests, and the Presidential Election

Leon Aron, Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr., and Stephen Sestanovich assess recent demonstrations of public discontent in the Russian streets and discuss the future of the country, its leaders, and U.S.-Russi…

December 14, 2011

Elections and Voting
Why the Russian Protests Matter

Russia's December 4 parliamentary vote has prompted mass demonstrations over allegations of electoral fraud. The protests also stem from public frustration with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's decisi…