Russia

Idlib: The Yalta of the Syrian conflict?

Idlib, an Aramaic word composed of “Adad” (God) and “Lib” (Center), means “The center of God”. It is also the name of the capital city of a province (that carries the same name) in northwest Syria near the Turkish border. To the west, it overlooks the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, which hosts the Russian naval base...

L’accordo di Idlib e le strategie siriane di Mosca e Ankara

L’accordo concluso a metà settembre da Russia e Turchia per impedire – o quantomeno rinviare – l’offensiva del regime di Damasco nella provincia di Idlib, ultima roccaforte rimasta nelle mani dell’opposizione al presidente siriano Bashar al-Assad, conferma il desiderio di Mosca di mantenere aperto il dialogo con Ankara, di scongiurare un possibile riavvicinamento turco con gli Stati Uniti, e di...

Le scelte difficili dell’Europa post-atlantica

 Il modo in cui Washington ha negoziato la revisione del Nafta, il trattato commerciale con Messico e Canada, conferma due tratti centrali della strategia di Donald Trump...

The UN debate over international sanctions: a crisis of multilateralism

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proved unintentionally insightful when he hailed, in his late September speech to the United Nations General Assembly, the collapse of a landmark global accord...

The first Trump-Putin summit: a turning point with many question marks

The July 16th Helsinki summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will be a turning point in American political history and US-Russia relations. However, whether the effect on Russia in the long term will be positive or negative is now even more unclear as both leaders pledged greater short-term cooperation...

Engaging Russia: a gamble and its limits

The first summit between the leaders of Russia and the United States produced very little tangible news. Still, it ignited an emotional storm that reflected polarized perceptions of the world by American and Russian elites. These divergent worldviews are the real cause of the crisis in the countries’ bilateral relations...

A Russian conservative view of Putin: interview with Alexander Dugin

After the splash of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, U.S. President Donald Trump is now ready for another step in his disruptive diplomacy, a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Pursuing Realistic US Goals at the Helsinki Summit

The summit meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16 offers an important opportunity to repair the badly damaged relationship between Russia and the United States. A successful outcome would be beneficial to European nations as well, since it could substantially reduce overall East-West tensions...

Rent control: Russia’s state oil and gas firms

Oil and gas lie at the heart of Russia’s elaborate system of patronage structuring its politics and economy. Vladimir Putin and the current regime rely heavily on oil and gas tax revenues to finance state spending as well as oil and gas companies to provide billions of dollars’ worth of contracts to friends and supporters of the Kremlin...

L’Iran verso l’orbita di Cina e Russia: un nuovo triangolo energetico

La decisione di Donald Trump di uscire dall'accordo sul nucleare iraniano ha agitato i mercati petroliferi provocando un prevedibile aumento delle quotazioni, da un livello già "tirato" dai tagli alla produzione voluti dall'Opec e dalla Russia...