• Ukraine Gas Talks Fail in Vienna

    Russia and Ukraine had talks to renegotiate the terms of gas deals in Vienna. These failed and new positions taken. What does this mean for the future of energy, federalism, and distribution in the Donbas?

    07-05-2015 / Read More
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  • Dubai’s Turkmenistan Oil Play

    On 1 July, Emirates National Oil Company launched an official offer to buy out the minority shareholders of Dragon Oil. As international investment continues to trickle into Turkmenistan, what does this mean for the future of East Caspian oil?

    07-03-2015 / Read More
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  • Azerbaijan Could Be Worse Off Without Council of Europe

    Azerbaijani officials are furious with PACE for issuing a harshly worded resolution criticizing their human rights record. Others in civil society are worried about what would happen if Baku actually left the Council of Europe.

    07-02-2015 / Read More
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Forty More Nukes in Russia

Vehicles carrying 'Topol-M' strategic missiles drive to be viewed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (not in the picture) during his visit to the Teikovo Strategic Missile division based in the Ivanovo Region, about 240 km northeast of Moscow on May 15, 2008. Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia must continue to develop its Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) to meet global threats. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MAXIM SHIPENKOV (Photo credit should read MAXIM SHIPENKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

On 16 June, President Vladimir Putin announced at an arms show that Russia would expand its nuclear arsenal by forty new Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. While the conflict rages in Ukraine, some wonder if this is an expansion of the conflict. Is this simply a modernization of the force or is it a hostile act?

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