Understanding Putin: how far will he go?

Russian government has cultivated a myth that President Vladimir Putin is the superhero, who will rescue Russia from the existential threat posed by the West. The Kremlin’s political agenda thrives on the sense of wounded national pride in Russia, which has developed in the aftermath of a series of devastating events for Russians over the last three decades.

Azerbaijan 2014: between Russia and the West

Azerbaijan, the smallest country on the shores of the Caspian, has trod through a very challenging geostrategic environment during the last twenty years of independence and in the near future, the situation around Azerbaijan will become only more menacing.

Is it a good time for a new NATO partnership?

NATO must undergo structural changes as the global geostrategic environment is reshaped. Offering a new exclusive partnership framework to strategically important partners in former Soviet Space would be a practical decision the allied leaders could agree upon during the 2014 summit.