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Ageing railways, poor-quality roads and an inadequate response by the authorities to calls for basic services are the weak underbelly of the Russian infrastructure system.
Iran is dominating the escalation cycle, but the risk of miscalculation is high.
RUSI's 2019 International Day of the Peacekeepers conference brought together speakers from the UN and several states to discuss UN peacekeeping operations.
Juliana Suess and Tobias Borck
The meteoric rise of what used to be a single-issue party has the potential to transform Germany’s politics and international posture just as much as the forthcoming election of a new Chancellor.
As a political and military reassurance, a recent NATO exercise in the Baltic region makes sense. But Russia’s real levers of influence over the Baltic states are not military, and NATO may not be the appropriate answer.
NATO’s Trident Juncture 2018 military exercise has served to solidify ties between member states, but the Alliance remains vulnerable in the eventuality of a military confrontation from Russia.
Anita Inder Singh
Although India and Russia are at odds over the US in Asia, India still wants to maintain military ties between the two countries.
Bilateral cooperation on non-combatant evacuation operations is part of China’s renewed focus on defence engagement.
Michael Stephens reviews The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East, by Christopher Phillips.