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What the Failed Coup Means for Turkey’s Foreign Policy

In the late hours of Friday, July 15, as civilians and police battled with elements of Turkey’s army for control of the country, the prospect of a NATO ally slipping into chaos loomed large. Located where the Middle East meets Europe, Turkey is a key partner in confronting the challenge of refugee flows on one hand, and militant jihadi traffic on the other.

Russia Seeks Engagement, But Offers Nothing

Russian authorities now want to reengage with Western capitals and discuss sanctions. But, they are offering no concession to governments that have grown distrustful of Russian words and deeds, and are determined not to let Moscow get away with armed subversion in Ukraine. They want to talk, but do not budge.

How to Trade Aid for Reform in Ukraine

By Chris Miller

The only thing standing between Ukraine and bankruptcy is Western financial support. In exchange for billions of dollars in aid, the West has demanded that Ukraine reform its economy and its political system.

Russia Trying to Fill West’s Void in Serbia

Montenegro may be a tiny country, but its NATO accession is a landmark in the Western Balkans’ tortuously slow integration process into the twin pillars of the political West in Europe – the Atlantic alliance and the European Union. It is NATO’s first enlargement in seven years.

How Merkel Can Win the Wrestling Match Against Putin

Russia aims to be a global power, on equal footing with the United States. This is understandable with regard to the self-image of Russia as the successor of the Soviet Union, which was indeed one pole in a bipolar world order — on equal footing with the Unites States. But the ambition is not backed up by corresponding power resources.

Holding the West Together Over Russia

The West has been tested by Russia in Crimea and eastern Ukraine and has passed the test to date. While much of the discussion both in Europe and North America has focused on various aspects of the nature of Putin’s policies and the possible future dangers they may pose, not enough attention has been given to the perspectives of the Western alliance as a whole.

Why the West Should Care about Nagorno Karabakh and Act

The conflict in Ukraine and the massive influx of refugees from the Middle East and beyond have shown that the European Union is only as secure as its neighborhood. As long as the EU is surrounded by so-called “frozen conflicts,” its interests may be compromised.

After Trump’s Super Tuesday: What Should U.S. Allies Expect?

By Ted Reinert

Super Tuesday essentially sealed the deal. A more united party might have been able to defeat him a few weeks ago, but Donald Trump has gathered a sufficient lead in delegates and accumulated real support from a broad range of GOP voters over the past nine months to all but sew up the nomination to be the Republican Party’s candidate.

Moscow, Washington, and Damascus: Is Cooperation Really Possible?

By Angela Stent

Since launching a bombing campaign in Syria in late September, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ended the West’s attempt to isolate Russia and has ensured that Moscow will have to be part of the solution to the Syrian crisis.

The Winners from Russia-West Conflict

By Nelli Babayan

On February 15, EU foreign ministers agreed to remove the sanctions first imposed in 2004 on Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko and other Belarusian officials and companies, following the temporary lifting of EU and U.S. sanctions last October. This is only a small part of a bigger picture of the winners and losers of the West’s conflict with Russia.