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Getting Serious
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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.

Potemkin Friendships
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The Putin and Erdogan Show

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

Geopolitics
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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.

Russia's Influence Game
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Who’s Playing Whom?

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

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Fault Lines

The situation in Cyprus has lately tracked closely with Turkey’s attitude to the West. As relations deteriorate, watch things get uglier.

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As a minority, and a minority that historically has often been unpopular, Jews have a structural interest in the protection of minority rights.

Petrostates in Peril

Economic growth is predictably sluggish for petrostates.

American Balkanization

Pew data point to one of the core ironies of liberal politics today.

Rage Against the Machine

The Palestinians want international sympathy. But rioting over metal detectors after a terrorist attack seems more likely to draw international contempt.

Revolution

A Schlumberger surge is a good sign for the health of the U.S. shale industry.

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