Articles tagged with: Russia

Andrew Bowen
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on : Saturday, 29 Mar, 2014

A Window of Opportunity

Thanks to the growing rupture of US–Russian relations, including Russia’s expulsion from the G8 this week and the imposition of tit-for-tat economic sanctions, the Obama administration’s main diplomatic ventures, the Geneva process on Syria and the Iranian nuclear talks—both of which are contingent on Russian support and cooperation—are in jeopardy. Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, indicated last week that critical areas of cooperation between the two states ...

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Youssef Cherif
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on : Friday, 21 Mar, 2014

Everyone’s New Friend

In the early years after the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, the US was perceived as friendly. It was only in 1956 that its charismatic first president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, clearly shifted into the Soviet camp (however non-aligned he had claimed to be). While the US put Nasser under pressure for his social reforms and anti-Israel rhetoric, the Soviets offered him almost unconditional help. Hence, between the years 1956 and 1973, Egypt grew close to the Soviet Union. Much like Egypt in the e...

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Andrew Bowen
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on : Tuesday, 11 Mar, 2014

A Crimean Quid Pro Quo

The unfolding scenes of street protests, violence and demonstrations in Independence Square in Kiev and the subsequent flight of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych from hi...

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Mehmet Solmaz
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on : Monday, 10 Mar, 2014

Ankara Cautiously Defends Crimean Tatars

While lawmakers in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea declare their intention to split from Ukraine and join Russia, Turkey is performing a balancing act in maintaining ties w...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Tuesday, 4 Mar, 2014

Marzouki: Tunisia first democracy in the Arab world

Tunis, Asharq Al-Awsat—Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki vowed to defend human rights in Tunisia during a speech in Geneva on Monday, and said that his government would be t...

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Andrew Bowen
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on : Wednesday, 19 Feb, 2014

Small Steps after Geneva

For months leading up to Geneva II, John Kerry, more so than President Barack Obama, pinned his hopes on an active diplomatic approach to end Syria's civil war. Alongside the I...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Thursday, 13 Feb, 2014

Egypt: Sisi presidential bid expectations on the rise

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—Expectations of a presidential bid by Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi continued to rise on Thursday after Russian state media quoted Russian Preside...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Tuesday, 4 Feb, 2014

Syrian opposition in Moscow for talks

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—A Syrian opposition delegation began a visit to Moscow on Tuesday for talks with Russian officials, one week ahead of the second round of talks on the...

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Barçin Yinanç
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on : Monday, 3 Feb, 2014

Sochi’s Buried Tragedy

Last month I was one of three torchbearers from Turkey to participate in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics relay. While I happily carried the Olympic flame for 300 meters in Nizhn...

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James Denselow
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on : Tuesday, 21 Jan, 2014

The Elusive Promise of Geneva II

So we are finally here. The long and torturous road to the Geneva II peace conference appears to have found its way to the picturesque Swiss town of Montreux on the northeast s...

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