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The Turkish Red Line and A Strategic Shift

Nov. 30, 2015 Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian warplane drew the country deeper into the Syrian crisis, even though it has been reluctant to get involved in the civil war raging across its border.

Russia, Ukraine Downplay Energy Standoff

Nov. 30, 2015 After power was cut off in Russian-controlled Crimea, the Kremlin suspended coal shipments to Ukraine, but both countries have downplayed the dispute.

EU-Turkey Deal to Stem Refugee Flow

Nov. 29, 2015 The European Union and Turkey have reached a deal to prevent some migrants from travelling to Europe but the plan does not address the root causes of the crisis.

Kazakhstan’s Corruption Crackdown

Nov. 25, 2015 Corruption, particularly in the armed forces, has become a major issue in Kazakhstan and the government is now cracking down.

Russia Responds to Turkey

Nov. 25, 2015 After the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish forces, Russia has said it will start deploying air-defense systems in the area and is continuing to support Assad’s offensive on the Syria-Turkey border.

Ukraine-Russia Tensions Rise

Nov. 25, 2015 The governments in Kiev and Moscow have been increasingly hostile since damage to electricity generators caused by unidentified individuals in southern Ukraine led to power outages in Crimea.

US-Russia Negotiations Worry Ukraine

Nov. 24, 2015 Ukraine wants to build a wedge between Washington and the Kremlin, as the two countries edge closer in their fight against the Islamic State in Syria.

Turkey Downs Russian Warplane

Nov. 24, 2015 The Turkish military says it shot down a warplane on Tuesday, which reports claim was a Russian Su-24 fighter jet.

Armies, War and Islamic State

Nov. 23, 2015 The future of the Middle East will be determined by whether the Islamic State’s military force is more capable fundamentally than the Arab military forces we have seen in the past.

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