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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.

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China's Approach to North Korea Sanctions
January 10, 2018
China's Approach to North Korea Sanctions
China isn't abandoning North Korea; rather, it wants to reset the relationship on Beijing's terms.
China's Approach to North Korea Sanctions
North Korea's Military Partners in the Horn of Africa
January 06, 2018
North Korea's Military Partners in the Horn of Africa
Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia maintain covert military ties with Pyongyang, despite UN sanctions.
North Korea's Military Partners in the Horn of Africa
Russia's Anti-Drug Crusade in Afghanistan
December 28, 2017
Russia's Anti-Drug Crusade in Afghanistan
Russia, believing U.S. efforts are failing, is stepping up its war on drug trafficking.
Russia's Anti-Drug Crusade in Afghanistan
Can Russia Help Solve the North Korea Crisis?
December 22, 2017
Can Russia Help Solve the North Korea Crisis?
To steer North Korea towards a peaceful course, Russia has combined coercive diplomacy with co-option.
Can Russia Help Solve the North Korea Crisis?
Russia's Soft Power Push in Afghanistan
November 29, 2017
Russia's Soft Power Push in Afghanistan
Investment in Afghan economic development is part of a strategy to rebrand Russia’s image in Afghanistan.
Russia's Soft Power Push in Afghanistan
Russia's Security Inroads With Turkmenistan
November 24, 2017
Russia's Security Inroads With Turkmenistan
Beyond economic relations, Moscow and Ashgabat are increasingly seeking security cooperation.
Russia's Security Inroads With Turkmenistan
China's Growing Security Relationship With Qatar
November 16, 2017
China's Growing Security Relationship With Qatar
Despite a chill between Qatar and other GCC members, China pushes to expand counterterrorism cooperation.
China's Growing Security Relationship With Qatar
Chechnya Could Force Russia's Hand on the Rohingya Crisis
November 09, 2017
Chechnya Could Force Russia's Hand on the Rohingya Crisis
Ramzan Kadyrov's strong words on the Rohingya's persecution could impact Russia-Myanmar ties.
Chechnya Could Force Russia's Hand on the Rohingya Crisis
Hamid Karzai and the Russia Connection
November 03, 2017
Hamid Karzai and the Russia Connection
The former Afghan president is promoting positions closely aligned with Russian interests.
Hamid Karzai and the Russia Connection
The Myth of an Iran-Russia Alliance in Afghanistan
October 25, 2017
The Myth of an Iran-Russia Alliance in Afghanistan
For Iran and Russia, Afghanistan is more likely to be an area of geopolitical competition than a sphere of cooperation.
The Myth of an Iran-Russia Alliance in Afghanistan
Interview: Tigran Sargsyan on the Eurasian Economic Union
October 18, 2017
Interview: Tigran Sargsyan on the Eurasian Economic Union
The chairman of the EEU's Eurasian Economic Commission talks about the trade bloc's past, present, and future.
Interview: Tigran Sargsyan on the Eurasian Economic Union
What North Korea Learned From the Kosovo War
October 16, 2017
What North Korea Learned From the Kosovo War
NATO's intervention in Kosovo cemented North Korea's distrust of the U.S. and embrace of nuclear weapons.
What North Korea Learned From the Kosovo War
China in the Middle East: The Iraqi Kurdish Question
October 05, 2017
China in the Middle East: The Iraqi Kurdish Question
While Beijing’s opposition to separatist movements remains solid, it could nonetheless benefit from the secession of Iraqi Kurdistan.
China in the Middle East: The Iraqi Kurdish Question
Russia’s Balancing Strategy in South Asia
September 12, 2017
Russia’s Balancing Strategy in South Asia
Russia’s ability to maintain cordial security partnerships with both India and Pakistan is highly beneficial for its broader geopolitical aspirations.
Russia’s Balancing Strategy in South Asia
What's Behind Saudi Arabia's Turn Away From the Taliban?
September 07, 2017
What's Behind Saudi Arabia's Turn Away From the Taliban?
Saudi Arabia’s increasingly anti-Taliban stance helps Riyadh consolidate its vital regional alliances and isolate Qatar.
What's Behind Saudi Arabia's Turn Away From the Taliban?
The Egypt-North Korea Connection
August 28, 2017
The Egypt-North Korea Connection
Cairo remains one of Pyongyang’s leading trade partners in the Arab world.
The Egypt-North Korea Connection
Why Russia Wants the US to Stay in Afghanistan
August 23, 2017
Why Russia Wants the US to Stay in Afghanistan
Moscow would like to avoid having to militarily intervene itself.
Why Russia Wants the US to Stay in Afghanistan
Taliban Office Politics: UAE vs. Qatar
August 17, 2017
Taliban Office Politics: UAE vs. Qatar
The UAE’s attempt at moderating the Taliban through diplomacy ultimately fell short.
Taliban Office Politics: UAE vs. Qatar
China's Role in the Yemen Crisis
August 11, 2017
China's Role in the Yemen Crisis
China's interest in preserving stability is leading it to back the Saudi-aligned Hadi government.
China's Role in the Yemen Crisis
Why Did the UAE Purchase Weapons From North Korea?
August 08, 2017
Why Did the UAE Purchase Weapons From North Korea?
Why a U.S. Gulf ally maintains a covert military trade with Pyongyang.
Why Did the UAE Purchase Weapons From North Korea?
Understanding the Russia-Taliban Connection
August 04, 2017
Understanding the Russia-Taliban Connection
Recent media reports underline Russian arms sales to the insurgent group. What is Moscow's end game?
Understanding the Russia-Taliban Connection
India's U-Turn on North Korea Policy
July 19, 2017
India's U-Turn on North Korea Policy
India's new moves to isolate North Korea will reverberate across East Asia.
India's U-Turn on North Korea Policy
Russia's Korea Strategy
July 15, 2017
Russia's Korea Strategy
Moscow's relationships with China, the U.S., and the two Koreas shape Russian policy aims.
Russia's Korea Strategy
Russia and Uzbekistan's Renewed Security Partnership
July 11, 2017
Russia and Uzbekistan's Renewed Security Partnership
Under President Mirziyoyev, Uzbekistan has shown a willingness to increase defense ties with Moscow.
Russia and Uzbekistan's Renewed Security Partnership
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