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June 1, 2017

Philippines
Duterte-Putin-5.23.2017 Duterte Woos Russia

Richard Javad Heydarian is a Manila-based academic and author of Asia's New Battlefield: U.S., China, and the Struggle for the Western Pacific. His forthcoming book is Duterte's Rise. Shortly aft…

May 1, 2017

Russia
National flags of Russia and U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow Russia and the West

Two weeks ago, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted its annual Hauser Symposium. The topic was timely: Russia and the West. The symposium kicked off with a fascinating discussion on the state o…

September 14, 2017

North Korea
Russia and the North Korean Nuclear Challenge Russia and the North Korean Nuclear Challenge

North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on September 3, 2017, generated reports of tremors being felt as far away as Changchun, China, over 400 miles from the Punggye-ri test site. Although it stands to rea…

July 5, 2017

Nigeria
Su-30-Russia-jet-india-nigeria Russia Selling Su-30 Fighters to Nigeria

According to Russian media, the Nigeria is buying twelve Su-30 fighter jets from Russia, two of which have already been delivered. The aircraft has two seats for long-range missions and is known for …

April 11, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Russia + Syria + Hezbollah = Hamas

On April 6, Hamas terrorists fired a Russian Kornet laser-guided missile at a school bus in southern Israel. How did Hamas get such a missile? It turns out that Russia does not license others to pro…

April 7, 2017

Nuclear Energy
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest, Hungary, February 2, 2017 (Reuters/Alexei Druzhinin) Russia's Nuclear Diplomacy: How Washington Should Respond

This is a guest post by Sagatom Saha, the research Associate for energy and U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Last week, Westinghouse Electric Company, the firm that once ma…

June 15, 2017

Intelligence
Testimony of McCabe, Rosenstein, Coats and Rogers on June 7, 2017 Don’t Let the Russia-Trump Investigation Distract From U.S. Intelligence Reform

Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act is up for renewal, and it's a controversial program as a result of Edward Snowden's disclosures.

February 11, 2015

China
Will China Bail Out Russia? Will China Bail Out Russia?

Russia’s foreign exchange reserves have fallen by nearly 1/3 since October 2013; they’ve fallen 20% just since September 2014.  Whereas the country still has over $300 billion in reserves, about $…

October 1, 2014

China
Can Russia Escape Dollar Dependence? Can Russia Escape Dollar Dependence?

Russian president Vladimir Putin is determined to wean his country off the dollar, or so he says. In July, after insisting that the international monetary system depended too much “on the U.S. do…

December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Elections 2018 Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …