US & EU in Ukrainian Crisis: Who Really Reaps Benefits from this Gamble?

Washington and Brussels continue to take anti-Russian position in the Ukrainian crisis, actively supporting the putschist leadership of Ukraine, which grabbed power unconstitutionally. The extension of the US and EU sanctions against Russia and their financial support for the de facto Ukrainian government indicate that the West is fully misunderstanding…

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Rouhani’s Progress & Promises

Co-author: Justin Lehmann   According to the “Rouhani Meter”(www.rouhanimeter.com), an online tool to monitor President Rouhani’s progress in office, Iran’s newly elected, moderate President has taken a clear cut route to improving Iran’s detrimental foreign policy above all else. He has then focused on economic policies followed by improvements to…

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Regional Energy & Security Cooperation: Is Turkey a Trustful Partner?

'Turkey is neither Occident nor Orient' a Turkish colleague of mixed extraction with substantial Western exposure remarked poignantly in a recent private conversation in Istanbul. 'Turkey is Turkey and no other power can put it in a single box'. This poignant remark encapsulates much of current Turkish foreign, security, energy…

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Angry Turkey

Written by Dr Yiorghos Leventis* SPECIAL ISF ANNIVERSARY FEATURE ARTICLE The latest incident authored last Sunday (17 April 2011) in Berlin by an excessive and arrogant Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish Foreign Minister, serves as a cool reminder of the troublemaking policies of his country. Turkey, a staunch NATO ally, sporting…

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Renaissance of Russia’s Foreign Policy in 2009

The year 2009 was one of renaissance in Russia’s foreign policy. After the Georgian crisis of August 2008, Russia faced isolation in the international community. Russia’s relations with the United States, NATO and EU went into a freeze. Even the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) refrained from fully supporting domination…

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Challenges of the Russian Foreign Policy

There is no doubt whatsoever that Russia today has returned to the international scene as a leading world power, after labouring hard for two decades. Its immense geographical area, its special role in ensuring international peace and security and its global interests made it imperative for Russia to pursue a…

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A Small Power and its Big Neighbour

Receiving President Medvedev and the Russian Security Initiative When President of Russia, Dmitri Medvedev, visited Finland in April, he gathered a relatively mild interest compared with the attention that meetings of the presidents of the two neighbours usually got during the Cold War. Stiff appearances and official communiqués were not…

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