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Brief: S-400s to Belarus?

Background: Belarus is a key Russian ally in a vital position that insulates Moscow from Western threats such as NATO. It’s why Moscow constantly...

Brief: Russians Arrested in Chad

Background: Outside powers, particularly France and Russia, are jockeying for influence in Central and West Africa. Paris has a leg up in the region,...

Brief: Crime Surge in the North Caucasus

Background: The North Caucasus region, with its low level of socio-economic development and separatist undercurrents, is one of Russia’s most unstable. It’s also Russia’s...

Brief: Ukraine Wants to Buy an Iron Dome Battery

Background: Israel and Russia have developed a pragmatic and functional relationship on security as a result of the war in Syria. Russia’s presence in...

Brief: Russia Admits Failure in the North Caucasus

Background: The Caucasus is an important buffer separating Russia from Turkey and Iran. Having reestablished its presence in the South Caucasus through the deployment...

Brief: NATO’s Concerns Over China

Background: NATO has had a bit of an identity crisis ever since the Soviet Union collapsed. Not only is there no longer a primary...

Brief: Russia’s Eastward Turn

Background: Russia is following the trend and looking east, hoping to solidify its position on the Northern Sea Route and defend its remote eastern...

Brief: Russia Edging Out France in Africa

Background: France is highly influential in its former colonies in West and Central Africa. It regularly participates in defense and security operations in these...

Brief: In Moldova, an Election Russia Can’t Afford to Lose

Background: The Republic of Moldova, together with Belarus and Ukraine, forms the buffer zone separating Russia and the NATO countries. Moldova’s cultural similarities with...

Brief: Chinese Warplanes in Malaysian Airspace

Background: China's biggest strategic challenge is preventing foreign powers from using the first island chain to box in Chinese forces or blockade vital Chinese...

Brief: Europe Braces for More Migrants

Background: Several years removed from the migrant crisis, Europe is still working to integrate new immigrants. Like the COVID-19 pandemic, the migration episode raised...

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