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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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Are Russia and the US Finally on the Same Page in Afghanistan?
July 20, 2019
Are Russia and the US Finally on the Same Page in Afghanistan?
Not so fast, substantive cooperation between the two on ending the war remains elusive.
Are Russia and the US Finally on the Same Page in Afghanistan?
Where Does China Stand on the Libya Conflict?
June 18, 2019
Where Does China Stand on the Libya Conflict?
China's experiences in the last Libya conflict are informing its position this time around.
Where Does China Stand on the Libya Conflict?
Russia's Falling Out With Kabul
June 06, 2019
Russia's Falling Out With Kabul
Russia's embrace of the Taliban is increasingly coming at the expense of Afghan President Ghani's government.
Russia's Falling Out With Kabul
The X Factor in China-UAE Relations: The Horn of Africa
May 03, 2019
The X Factor in China-UAE Relations: The Horn of Africa
From port competition to the Somaliland issue, China and the UAE's conflicting interests in the region are not easy to reconcile.
The X Factor in China-UAE Relations: The Horn of Africa
Russia and the Taliban: Talking With Terrorists
January 12, 2019
Russia and the Taliban: Talking With Terrorists
Moscow continues to designate the Taliban as a terrorist group, but at the same time has made consistent diplomatic contacts.
Russia and the Taliban: Talking With Terrorists
Pakistan Acknowledges Indian Role in Afghanistan
December 22, 2018
Pakistan Acknowledges Indian Role in Afghanistan
Indian analysts, however, remain divided on the sincerity and reasons for Islamabad’s sudden flip-flop.
Pakistan Acknowledges Indian Role in Afghanistan
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’?
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