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Samuel Ramani

Samuel Ramani

Samuel Ramani is a DPhil candidate in International Relations at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford specializing in post-1991 Russian foreign policy. He is a geopolitical analyst and commentator, who contributes regularly to the Washington Post, Huffington Post, National Interest magazine and Russian International Affairs Council. His work has also been featured in the Moscow Times, Jerusalem Post, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Hudson Institute and Al Monitor. In addition to his journalistic writing, Samuel has provided expert commentary on international security issues for major media outlets, like CNN, Al Jazeera, Reuters, AFP and Le Monde.

You can follow Samuel on Twitter: @samramani2

Posts by Samuel Ramani
September 20, 2019

As US-Taliban Peace Process Collapses, an Opportunity for Russia?

By Samuel Ramani
An expansion of Russia’s diplomatic involvement could help non-Western powers expand their say over Afghanistan’s political future.

July 20, 2019

Are Russia and the US Finally on the Same Page in Afghanistan?

By Samuel Ramani
Not so fast, substantive cooperation between the two on ending the war remains elusive.
June 18, 2019

Where Does China Stand on the Libya Conflict?

By Samuel Ramani
China's experiences in the last Libya conflict are informing its position this time around.

June 06, 2019

Russia's Falling Out With Kabul

By Samuel Ramani
Russia's embrace of the Taliban is increasingly coming at the expense of Afghan President Ghani's government.

May 03, 2019

The X Factor in China-UAE Relations: The Horn of Africa

By Samuel Ramani
From port competition to the Somaliland issue, China and the UAE's conflicting interests in the region are not easy to reconcile.

January 12, 2019

Russia and the Taliban: Talking With Terrorists

By Samuel Ramani
Moscow continues to designate the Taliban as a terrorist group, but at the same time has made consistent diplomatic contacts.
December 22, 2018

Pakistan Acknowledges Indian Role in Afghanistan

By Samuel Ramani
Indian analysts, however, remain divided on the sincerity and reasons for Islamabad’s sudden flip-flop.

December 04, 2018

An Indian Perspective on Afghan Security

By Samuel Ramani
An interview with Brig. Gen. (retd) Venkataraman Mahalingam.

November 14, 2018

Managed Instability: Iran, the Taliban, and Afghanistan

By Samuel Ramani
Iran’s support for the Taliban is an effective way of retaliating against the United States, but there’s more to it.

October 25, 2018

Why Pakistan Isn’t Changing Its Taliban Policy

By Samuel Ramani
Prime Minister Imran Khan isn’t likely to radically change Pakistan’s complicated relationship with the Taliban.

September 18, 2018

Iran's Careful Approach to China's Uyghur Crackdown

By Samuel Ramani
Iran's close ties to China leave Tehran vulnerable to criticism as Beijing cracks down on Muslim minority groups.
September 01, 2018

Can Russia End the War in Afghanistan?

By Samuel Ramani
Russia has been seeking to establish a leading role in the stabilization of Afghanistan.

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