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Brief: Why Iran Is Interested in Mediation

Background: The U.S. has been leading the charge on a maximum pressure campaign against Iran for years now. Former U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned...

Brief: Rumors of Putin’s Health

Background: Russian President Vladimir Putin has been the official and sometimes unofficial head of state for some time now. And though he plans to...

Brief: U.S.-Canada Ties Get Complicated

Background: The U.S.-Canada alliance is crucial for both countries and for the stability of North America. In fact, it’s difficult to find another pair...

Brief: Everyone Wants a Piece of Georgia

Background: Russia consolidated its dominance in the South Caucasus late last year when it mediated between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the war over Nagorno-Karabakh...

Brief: More Russian Weapons Headed for Belarus

Background: Belarus is a strategic ally of Russia and a critical part of its western buffer, bordering Poland and two of the Baltic states....

Brief: Russia Wants More From Kazakhstan

Background: Russia made progress last year shoring up its southern and western border areas, by placing peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh and siding with Belarus’ embattled...

Brief: Redrawing Georgia

Background: Russia needs the Caucasus to be stable and under its influence to serve as a buffer between it and powerful states like Iran...

Brief: Ukraine and Russia’s War of Words

Background: Ukraine and Russia are still at odds over Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. (A popular referendum later upheld the annexation.)...

Brief: Russia Demonstrates Its Commitment to the Balkans

Background: The Balkans is a region where the interests of many powers – namely Russia, the United States, the European Union and Turkey –...

Brief: In Azerbaijan, an Opportunity for Mediation

Background: The recent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict made Azerbaijan hostage to the competition between Iran and Israel, which has put the government in Baku in the...

Brief: U.S.-Mexican Relations Go South

Background: The U.S.-Mexico relationship is among the most difficult to manage for both Washington and Mexico City. Disagreements are common but are normally kept...

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