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Lukashenko the survivor –
By will, and by skill
  Sunday’s Belarus election may yield no surprises, but it’s an apt occasion on which to observe and appreciate the president’s skilful handling of his country’s relations with rival powers in a tense period of history
  (8 October 2015)

Extension of the refugee crisis
From Syria to the Caucasus
  The exodus from Syria is having a little-noticed effect on the Caucasus and some Russian republics NEW
  (21 September 2015)

Russia and Syria
Confronting Isis
  Can Moscow's initiative stir dithering Western leaders to action? NEW
  (17 September 2015)

Russia and the Greek crisis
Staying on the sideline
  Russia had no interest in intervening in Greece’s quarrel with its Western creditors, or in doing anything to further increase the international disorganisation that is damaging its economic interests.
  (17 July 2015)

Azerbaijan under scrutiny
European Games in the Caucasus
  Hosting the European Games, which open on 12 June, invites an unplanned look at Azerbaijan's less than democratic credentials.
  (10 June 2015)

The West and Ukraine
First signs of fatigue
  Confused signals, such as Saakashvili’s bizarre appointment to the Odessa governorship, are testing credibility towards President Poroshenko’s ability to surmount Ukraine’s nationality crisis. NEW
  (2 June 2015)

The Riga summit
Time to wake up
  At least, the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga on 21-22 May did not pave the way for another armed conflict on the European continent as did the summit of Vilnius in December 2013. But the results are a world away of the hopes that have been pined on it.
  (20 May 2015)

The EU and Russia
Far apart on energy needs
  The EU is looking for non-Russian gas – but finding a way of maintaining relations with Gazprom is more complex.
  (28 April 2015)

Russia and Yemen
Wisdom and Neutrality
  By pressing for international action, Moscow is sounding the alarm over the development of the Yemen conflict into something more serious.
  (11 April 2015)

New 'front' in Ukraine
Governor and security chiefs arrested
  The sacking of oligarch governor Igor Kolomoisky by president Poroshenko on 24 March, followed next day by the arrest of the head of the Ukrainian State Emergencies Service, Serhiy Bochkovsky, and his deputy, Vasyl Stoyetsky, opens a new front in Ukraine. NEW
  (25 March 2015)

Collective woes of the 'FSU' (1)
Seven states in crisis
  Independence is still not the word to apply to the member countries of the former Soviet space. All suffer in different degrees from the crisis affecting Russia because of Western sanctions, aggravated by he fact that their economies are even less diversified than Russia’s and their populations more restless.
  (11 March 2015)

Collective woes of the 'FSU' (2)
Seven states in crisis
  We ontinue our report of former Soviet states affectd by the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
  (10 March 2015)

Russia’s ‘opposition’
How to regain momentum
  The shocking murder of Russian oppositionist Boris Nemtsov has given unexpected significance to what was to have been a day of anti-government protest, and is now officially one of mourning, in central Moscow. Any thought of the possible consequences must start with a look at the attempt of the ‘opposition’ to regain momentum a year of being sidelined by events in Ukraine.
  (1 March 2015)

Minsk II
Cautions and questions
  The four-party agreement on ending the murderous fighting in eastern Ukraine has shown a flicker if promise, but many factors remain to be tested.
  (15 February 2015)

A Ukraine ‘solution’
Need for diplomacy step by step
  A realistic look at the ground situation shows how much remains to be done. NEW
  (14 January 2015)