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November 3, 2017

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
OSCE Taking Stock of the Treaty on Open Skies

A little-known treaty provides transparency for confirming arms control agreements and serves as an important measure of the health of the U.S.-Russia relationship.

February 3, 2014

Russia
Russia After Sochi

The Sochi Olympics have placed a spotlight on the poor global standing of Russia under Vladimir Putin, whose policies are likely to damage relations with the West long after the Games are over, write…

September 22, 2017

Armenia
Reuters A Simmering Crisis Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Talks later this year between President Serzh Sargsyan and President Ilham Aliyev can reduce the likelihood of renewed armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

August 31, 2017

Global Governance
Danish Siddiqui/Reuters How the BRICS Got Here

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have created a meaningful partnership over the last several years, but the rivalry between the bloc’s two most powerful members poses an obstacle to gre…

August 22, 2017

Afghanistan
Carlos Barria/Reuters Trump’s Path to Indefinite Afghan War

President Trump’s much-anticipated Afghan policy rightly avoids troop withdrawal timelines but offers little prospect for progress against the durable Taliban.

July 6, 2017

North Korea
Reuters Taking On North Korea at the G20

North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile during the week of the Hamburg summit injects an air of crisis into an already tricky set of meetings.

June 14, 2016

Russia
Russia’s 2016 Parliamentary Elections: A Putin Scorecard

Is President Vladimir Putin on a roll or on the ropes? A case can be made for both, and upcoming parliamentary elections might yield some surprises, writes CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

June 30, 2017

Philippines
Philippine government troops take cover in Marawi City. Duterte Fumbles in Southern Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte’s chaotic strategy against Islamic State-linked groups in the Philippines might fail to defeat the most extreme militants while squandering the chance for peace.

June 23, 2010

Conflict Prevention
Why Russia Didn’t Act

Russia’s inaction in response to Kyrgyzstan’s ethnic violence reflects a deeper problem with international cooperation, writes CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

November 24, 2008

Development
Russia and the Global Economic Crisis

Russia’s toughest economic challenge since the collapse of 1998 could lead it to a less confrontational foreign policy and a loss of international standing, writes CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.