The Limits of Russia’s “Pivot to Asia”
Forging closer economic and strategic ties with East Asia constitutes a rebalancing act in Moscow’s attempts to diversify its markets and counter its increased isolation in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. But looking East to China and other countries is hampered by major obstacles that preclude the prospect of a fundamental pivot away from Europe, argues Bernt Berger.
Promise And Peril In The Caucasus
America’s national security bureaucracy separates the Caucasus and the Middle East into different bureaus, with Central Asia in yet another office. This is part of the reason the U.S. has […]
Turkey’s Problem Isn’t Sweden. It’s the United States.
The issue isn’t what Sweden says or does but what the United States does or fails to do on the ground in Syria that matters for Turkey’s national security interests. […]
TURKISH QUAGMIRE: WHY TURKEY BLOCKS SWEDEN’S NATO ACCESSION
Turkey was bound to have issues with Sweden and its pro-Kurdish stance, and singled out Sweden because of its longstanding commitment to Kurdish aspirations. However, it is the continued US […]
Rysslands dubbelspel med islamistiska terrorister
Introduction: (Article in Swedish) I flera artiklar har Kvartal tagit upp märkliga omständigheter kring terroristen Rakhmat Akilov, inte minst de faktum att en sajt med misstänkt koppling till ryska säkerhetstjänster i ett tidigt […]
Religion and the Secular State in Kyrgyzstan
Summary Since independence, religion has become ever more important as an identity marker in Kyrgyzstan, with increased practical relevance in the everyday lives of many citizens. This religious revival poses […]