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July 9, 2018

Russia
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017. Will Energy Be Part of the U.S.-Russia Helsinki Summit?

Navigating the geopolitical domain surrounding energy is always difficult, but in the lead-up to the U.S.-Russia summit in Helsinki, it is particularly complex. While energy is unlikely to be a first…

June 7, 2018

North Korea
Putin Russia’s Role on North Korea: More Important than You Might Think

In the context of resolving the North Korean nuclear challenge, Russia rarely makes the news. South Korea is the reverse image; China is the enabler; the United States is the tough guy; and Japan is …

March 26, 2018

Russia
PutinSalmanVisitMoscow Russia Is in the Middle East to Stay

Here is what the United States should do about it.

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…

December 18, 2017

United States
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (back) and Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin attend a signing ceremony at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014 (SPIEF 2014) in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 24, 2014. Could a U.S.-Russia Oil Showdown be Coming?

About a year ago, a seasoned U.S. oil leader with deep political connections explained to me that U.S. shale would be out of the woods by 2018. His thesis was straightforward: he thought the U.S. eco…

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…

July 12, 2018

Russia
GRU indictment Cyber Week in Review: July 13, 2018

This week: the United States indicts GRU officers, Russia's plans on cyber issues for the upcoming UN General Assembly, Twitter disconnects bots, an iOS update that will annoy cops, and a UN panel on…

July 16, 2018

Russia
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. The Oil Context of the Trump-Putin Meeting

There appears to be a list of conflicts and other kinds of issues that U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin touched upon during their meeting in Helsinki, and progress on any…