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What Does a Kishida Government Mean for Japan-Russia Economic Relations?
October 14, 2021

What Does a Kishida Government Mean for Japan-Russia Economic Relations?

By Andrei Kozinets and James D.J. Brown
Japan-Russia relations look set for a lull under Prime Minister Kishida. But there are good reason to continue economic cooperation in the Russian Far East.

Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa Awarded 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
October 09, 2021

Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa Awarded 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

By Kiko Rosario, Frank Jordans, and Vanessa Gera
Ressa and Dmitry Muratov of Russia won the Nobel Peace Prize for their fight for freedom of expression in countries where reporters have faced persistent attacks and even murder.
Sputnik Over Delhi: Production of Russian Vaccine Kicks Off in India
October 01, 2021

Sputnik Over Delhi: Production of Russian Vaccine Kicks Off in India

By Krzysztof Iwanek
India’s COVID-19 vaccine production reflects its critical global position. The country is manufacturing its own, plus European, American, and Russian, vaccines.

The US Cooperates With Russia in Space. Why Not China?
September 30, 2021

The US Cooperates With Russia in Space. Why Not China?

By Adam Gadd
Russia-U.S. cooperation in space shows that the China exclusion policy is motivated less by security risks than by a U.S. fear of losing its leadership position.

Report: Putin Suggested US Use Russian Bases in Central Asia
September 28, 2021

Report: Putin Suggested US Use Russian Bases in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
A new Wall Street Journal report suggests that Putin offered Russian bases for the U.S. to use to monitor Afghanistan. It’s not at all clear if the offer was genuine. 

Iran’s Membership Raises the SCO’s Profile – and Expectations
September 21, 2021

Iran’s Membership Raises the SCO’s Profile – and Expectations

By Ovigwe Eguegu and Javairyah Kulthum Aatif
After adding Tehran to its ranks, the SCO will face its biggest test yet: maintaining stability in Afghanistan.  

The Forgotten Vaccine: Russia’s Sputnik V in Thailand and Southeast Asia
September 17, 2021

The Forgotten Vaccine: Russia’s Sputnik V in Thailand and Southeast Asia

By Tita Sanglee
Despite all the hype and promises, Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has made few inroads in Southeast Asia.
What Do Russians Think About the Relationship With China?
September 16, 2021

What Do Russians Think About the Relationship With China?

By Craig Kafura
U.S. policymakers want to split up Moscow and Beijing, but Russians see benefits to closer Sino-Russian ties.

‘Great Game’ Redux in Afghanistan?
September 08, 2021

‘Great Game’ Redux in Afghanistan?

By Danil Bochkov
As China and Russia align their positions in Afghanistan, the West looks on suspiciously.

Why Is Iran So Keen on Joining the SCO?
September 07, 2021

Why Is Iran So Keen on Joining the SCO?

By Fardin Eftekhari
Iran’s full membership in the Shanghai Corporation Organization has become a perceived necessity for Tehran’s foreign policy goals. But will it actually help?

Russia Fearmongering About Afghan Refugees
August 24, 2021

Russia Fearmongering About Afghan Refugees

By Catherine Putz
Putin is warning of “militants under the guise of refugees” in an effort to dissuade Central Asian states from cooperating with U.S. evacuation efforts.
Can the US Isolate the Taliban?
August 11, 2021

Can the US Isolate the Taliban?

By Catherine Putz
The answer is less clear now, in 2021, than it was in 1996. 

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