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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
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August 31, 2018

Can China Burnish Its Image in South Africa?

By Samuel Ramani
A closer look at the state of ties between the two countries.
August 24, 2018

What Will Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Ties Look Like Under Imran Khan?

By Samuel Ramani
Khan's first trip overseas will be to Saudi Arabia, to shore up a longtime partnership.

August 16, 2018

Are Afghanistan-Iran Relations on the Mend?

By Samuel Ramani
Rouhani’s outreach to Ghani at the SCO summit this summer may herald an improvement in bilateral ties.

July 21, 2018

Why Has Russia Invited the Taliban to Moscow?

By Samuel Ramani
The proposed “Moscow-format” talks advance Russia’s interests in Afghanistan.

July 18, 2018

Are Warming Russia-South Korea Relations a Game-changer?

By Samuel Ramani
The recent thaw in South Korea-Russia relations is a potential game-changer for Moscow’s Asia-Pacific strategy.
July 13, 2018

Can Uzbekistan Help Mediate the Afghan Conflict?

By Samuel Ramani
Mirziyoyev has worked hard to position Uzbekistan as an effective mediator in the Afghanistan conflict.

July 09, 2018

Can China Mediate Between Pakistan and India?

By Samuel Ramani
Beijing will play an increasingly important role in the preservation of stability in South Asia.
May 10, 2018

Saudi Arabia's New Taliban Strategy

By Samuel Ramani
By embracing a hardline anti-Taliban strategy, Saudi Arabia hopes to force the Taliban to abandon its military ambitions.

April 21, 2018

Russia and Pakistan: A Durable Anti-American Alliance in South Asia

By Samuel Ramani
Why the Moscow-Islamabad security partnership will likely continue to strengthen for the foreseeable future.

April 10, 2018

Why Russia Exaggerates Islamic State's Presence in Afghanistan

By Samuel Ramani
The notion that the United States is facilitating the rise of ISIS in Afghanistan resonates powerfully within Russia.

March 15, 2018

What's Really Behind Russia's Public Support of the Trump-Kim Meeting?

By Samuel Ramani
Despite endorsing the talks, Moscow does not expect the potential summit to successfully defuse the Korea crisis.
February 17, 2018

The Risks of the China-Saudi Arabia Partnership

By Samuel Ramani
Geopolitical factors, as well as Saudi Arabia's own domestic landscape, could limit the relationship's potential.

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