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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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An Indian Perspective on Afghan Security
December 04, 2018
An Indian Perspective on Afghan Security
An interview with Brig. Gen. (retd) Venkataraman Mahalingam.
An Indian Perspective on Afghan Security
Managed Instability: Iran, the Taliban, and Afghanistan
November 14, 2018
Managed Instability: Iran, the Taliban, and Afghanistan
Iran’s support for the Taliban is an effective way of retaliating against the United States, but there’s more to it.
Managed Instability: Iran, the Taliban, and Afghanistan
Why Pakistan Isn’t Changing Its Taliban Policy
October 25, 2018
Why Pakistan Isn’t Changing Its Taliban Policy
Prime Minister Imran Khan isn’t likely to radically change Pakistan’s complicated relationship with the Taliban.
Why Pakistan Isn’t Changing Its Taliban Policy
Iran's Careful Approach to China's Uyghur Crackdown
September 18, 2018
Iran's Careful Approach to China's Uyghur Crackdown
Iran's close ties to China leave Tehran vulnerable to criticism as Beijing cracks down on Muslim minority groups.
Iran's Careful Approach to China's Uyghur Crackdown
Can Russia End the War in Afghanistan?
September 01, 2018
Can Russia End the War in Afghanistan?
Russia has been seeking to establish a leading role in the stabilization of Afghanistan.
Can Russia End the War in Afghanistan?
Can China Burnish Its Image in South Africa?
August 31, 2018
Can China Burnish Its Image in South Africa?
A closer look at the state of ties between the two countries.
Can China Burnish Its Image in South Africa?
What Will Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Ties Look Like Under Imran Khan?
August 24, 2018
What Will Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Ties Look Like Under Imran Khan?
Khan's first trip overseas will be to Saudi Arabia, to shore up a longtime partnership.
What Will Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Ties Look Like Under Imran Khan?
Are Afghanistan-Iran Relations on the Mend?
August 16, 2018
Are Afghanistan-Iran Relations on the Mend?
Rouhani’s outreach to Ghani at the SCO summit this summer may herald an improvement in bilateral ties.
Are Afghanistan-Iran Relations on the Mend?
Why Has Russia Invited the Taliban to Moscow?
July 21, 2018
Why Has Russia Invited the Taliban to Moscow?
The proposed “Moscow-format” talks advance Russia’s interests in Afghanistan.
Why Has Russia Invited the Taliban to Moscow?
Are Warming Russia-South Korea Relations a Game-changer?
July 18, 2018
Are Warming Russia-South Korea Relations a Game-changer?
The recent thaw in South Korea-Russia relations is a potential game-changer for Moscow’s Asia-Pacific strategy.
Are Warming Russia-South Korea Relations a Game-changer?
Can Uzbekistan Help Mediate the Afghan Conflict?
July 13, 2018
Can Uzbekistan Help Mediate the Afghan Conflict?
Mirziyoyev has worked hard to position Uzbekistan as an effective mediator in the Afghanistan conflict.
Can Uzbekistan Help Mediate the Afghan Conflict?
Can China Mediate Between Pakistan and India?
July 09, 2018
Can China Mediate Between Pakistan and India?
Beijing will play an increasingly important role in the preservation of stability in South Asia.
Can China Mediate Between Pakistan and India?
Saudi Arabia's New Taliban Strategy
May 10, 2018
Saudi Arabia's New Taliban Strategy
By embracing a hardline anti-Taliban strategy, Saudi Arabia hopes to force the Taliban to abandon its military ambitions.
Saudi Arabia's New Taliban Strategy
Russia and Pakistan: A Durable Anti-American Alliance in South Asia
April 21, 2018
Russia and Pakistan: A Durable Anti-American Alliance in South Asia
Why the Moscow-Islamabad security partnership will likely continue to strengthen for the foreseeable future.
Russia and Pakistan: A Durable Anti-American Alliance in South Asia
Why Russia Exaggerates Islamic State's Presence in Afghanistan
April 10, 2018
Why Russia Exaggerates Islamic State's Presence in Afghanistan
The notion that the United States is facilitating the rise of ISIS in Afghanistan resonates powerfully within Russia.
Why Russia Exaggerates Islamic State's Presence in Afghanistan
What's Really Behind Russia's Public Support of the Trump-Kim Meeting?
March 15, 2018
What's Really Behind Russia's Public Support of the Trump-Kim Meeting?
Despite endorsing the talks, Moscow does not expect the potential summit to successfully defuse the Korea crisis.
What's Really Behind Russia's Public Support of the Trump-Kim Meeting?
The Risks of the China-Saudi Arabia Partnership
February 17, 2018
The Risks of the China-Saudi Arabia Partnership
Geopolitical factors, as well as Saudi Arabia's own domestic landscape, could limit the relationship's potential.
The Risks of the China-Saudi Arabia Partnership
How Strong is the Iran-Russia ‘Alliance’?
February 09, 2018
How Strong is the Iran-Russia ‘Alliance’?
The long-term sustainability of the current Moscow-Tehran alignment remains unclear.
How Strong is the Iran-Russia ‘Alliance’?
The Philippines' Approach to North Korea
January 25, 2018
The Philippines' Approach to North Korea
Duterte's North Korea strategy seeks to balance the interests of China, the United States, and Japan.
The Philippines' Approach to North Korea
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
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