Svante E. Cornell
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Net Assessment
The Raucous Caucasus

The United States must restore its leverage and credibility in the restive region caught between Russia, Turkey, and Iran.

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The Role of Ideology
Terror in Stockholm

Last week’s terror attack in Sweden should raise important questions about how the West defines its enemies.

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Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of the HDP. OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
Kurds Rising
Erdogan’s Approaching Downfall—and a Kurdish Revolution

Turkey must find a way to manage what amounts to a Kurdish revolution. Will it attempt to meet the Kurds halfway, or take a nationalist turn?

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Georgia's New Crisis
Is Georgia Slipping Away?

The sacking of Georgia’s pro-West Defense Minister and the resignation of its Foreign Minister has thrown the government into disarray and called into question the country’s Euro-Atlantic orientation.

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Elections in Turkey
Foreign Policy Reset Unlikely Under President Erdogan

Turkey’s ambitious foreign policy has turned into a train wreck. Rather than dominating the Middle East, as its leaders had hoped, Turkey is more isolated and carries less regional influence than in a long time. Here is why a President Erdogan will be unlikely to reboot Turkish foreign policy, and why he may be forced to continue to look inward.

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After MH17
No More Frozen Conflicts

In the wake of the Malaysia Air shoot down, Many Western leaders are calling for a ceasefire and a political solution to the conflict in Ukraine. They’re making a big mistake—one that could end up creating yet another “frozen conflict” along Russia’s periphery. The West should instead be helping the leadership in Kiev restore full sovereignty over Ukraine’s territory.

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The Battle for Ukraine
Crimea and the Lessons of Frozen Conflicts

Vladimir Putin’s manipulations in Ukraine show us that the West needs to pay more attention to frozen conflicts among Russia’s neighbors.

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