Advantage: Russia Moldova: Where Putin Could Score Next
A massive corruption scandal, a reeling pro-European government, and a breakaway region currently home to Russian troops: All the ingredients are in place for a crisis on NATO’s southern flank.
Advantage: Russia What Happened to New Europe?
Once the toast of Washington, the post-communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe are at risk of descending into corruption and drifting into Russia’s orbit.
Advantage: Russia Without China, Can Russia Make Ukraine Happen?
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is coming down heavily on the side of a “strategic partnership” with Russia, but without aid from China, Putin may have to buy Ukraine on his own.
Advantage: Russia The Great Ukrainian Knife Fight
The Ukraine story, one of the most important geopolitical events of the past few years, is still up in the air. Right now, Russia has the advantage but with protestors swarming the streets of Kiev and President Yanukovych away in China, anything could happen.