Dimitar Bechev
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The Russia-Turkish-Iran Axis
Less Than Meets the Eye

If an alliance is forming between Ankara, Moscow, and Tehran, it’s a flimsy one at best.

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European Expansion
The EU Embrace

The excitement over EU enlargement has faded, but the benefits of Europe’s institutions already extend past its borders.

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Black Sea Camaraderie
Turkey’s Ukrainian Gambit

Even as it warms towards Russia, Turkey is strengthening its ties with Ukraine. When will Moscow notice?

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Balkan Ghosts
The Reach and Limits of Russian Influence

Everywhere it plays its games, Russia is more an opportunist than a puppet-master. Southeast Europe provides a good case study.

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Getting Serious
Russia in Syria: What Next?

In the short-term Putin can shrug off the U.S. strikes, but Russia’s long-term strategy in Syria is coming under strain.

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Potemkin Friendships
The Putin and Erdogan Show

The Russo-Turkish relationship is shallower, and more brittle, than it seems.

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Geopolitics
Russia and Turkey: Read the Fine Print

Moscow is getting closer to a gas pipeline deal with Ankara, but it’s not the geopolitical triumph some think.

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Russia's Influence Game
Who’s Playing Whom?

A Bosnian referendum shows Russia’s influence in the Balkans—as well as its limits.

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