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Russia’s Military Presence in the Arctic

“With more than half of all Arctic coastline along its northern shores, Russia has long sought economic and military dominance in part of the world where as much as $35 trillion worth of untapped oil and natural gas could be lurking.” (Dillow) Russia’s Arctic territory stretches along 24,140 kilometers of…

The Rise and Fall of Putin’s Approval Rating

On September 23, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,, , With No Comments

For the first time in five years and since his reelection back in 2018, Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has dropped below 65 percent. His approval rating has been continuously recorded by the Levada Analytical Center since Putin first took office, and looking at the patterns in the ratings data, we…

The Man Vladimir Putin Fears Most

On August 3, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on The Man Vladimir Putin Fears Most

By Clayton Chudleigh This is how The Wall Street Journal described Alexei Navalny back in 2012 near the beginning of his prominence in Russia as a political activist. Navalny has been an outspoken critic of political and governmental corruption as well as a critic of President Vladimir Putin himself, calling…

Turkey, Russian Arms, and a Nervous NATO

On July 27, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Turkey, Russian Arms, and a Nervous NATO

By Clayton Chudleigh Earlier this month, the Republic of Turkey defied the United States and NATO by accepting the delivery of the S-400 mobile surface-to-air missile system from Russia. The S-400 is the successor of the S-300 missile system, and compared to the U.S. Patriot missile system is capable of…

Russia and Belarus Relations: Where Are We Now?

On July 14, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Russia and Belarus Relations: Where Are We Now?

By Clayton Chudleigh With talks currently in place between the two countries in preparation for further integration, it is important to understand how both Russia and Belarus got to this point in their somewhat strained relationship. Looking at the two countries from a westerner’s perspective, one might think that the…