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The IISS Russia and Eurasia programme focuses on the politics, political economy, and international relations of Russia and the other states of post-Soviet Eurasia.
Sergei Ivanov, former Russian Deputy Prime Minister
Despite some hopes that it might play a constructive diplomatic role, Russia was never going to be part of the solution to the Syrian crisis – at least not on terms that the West and the Syrian opposition could accept.
The US 'reset' towards Russia during the first Obama administration brought several key outcomes, including the landmark New START treaty and Russian WTO membership. More recently, however, the relationship has flagged. Can it be revived?
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With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics approaching, measures against the Islamist 'Caucasus Emirate' movement have assumed greater urgency in the North Caucasus.
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