From Cyber to Khyber – Russia’s New Footprint in South Asia, Part I

From Cyber to Khyber – Russia’s New Footprint in South Asia, Part I

Russia has been rapidly expanding its military and political footprint across South Asia over the past several months. Simultaneously pursuing military exercises with Pakistan and signing bilateral cyber pacts with India, Moscow has found itself as the middle man between two nuclear-armed rivals. But why is this happening now? This series will examine Russia's relations with both India and Pakistan to try to identify what long-term trends are at work in the region.

Moldovan Elections I: Setting the Stage

Moldovan Elections I: Setting the Stage

Moldova's Presidential elections have once again put democracy in this small Eastern European country to the test. Candidates from outside the political mainstream are making serious progress, and come from both pro-EU and pro-Russian camps. In part one of this new series Leksika will provide an overview of the existing candidates and explain why Moscow is likely to gain more influence in Moldova regardless of outcome. 

The Tsar and the Sultan I: Examining Russo-Turkish Tensions

The Tsar and the Sultan I: Examining Russo-Turkish Tensions

Russo-Turkish relations are old and complex. From an imperial rivalry in the 19th century, being Cold War adversaries in the 20th, and to contemporary competition for influence in the Middle East and Caucasus, Moscow and Ankara have long been the main actors in an often volatile borderland between the East and the West. How does this long history influence current events? Leksika's Sean Crowley offers an in-depth look of the background to the current rivalry.

Belarus: A Change in Direction?

Belarus: A Change in Direction?

Belarus has long been Moscow's most reliable ally in the former Soviet heartland, but recent developments have led some to wonder if the country may be re-evaluating its stance. Is Belarus drifting further away from Russia? Where do relations stand currently? What progress has there been toward political and economic integration projects between Minsk and Moscow? Leksika's Breellen Plucknett offers insight.

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: U.S.-Russia Cooperation in Syria

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: U.S.-Russia Cooperation in Syria

France renewed its war efforts in Syria in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. In so doing, France entered an environment already dominated by the US and Russia. How does this effect the already complicated balance between Washington and Moscow? What role did Paris have in initiating the Russo-American ceasefire agreement? Leksika's Sean Crowley offers an in-depth examination. 

(Not) Behind Enemy Lines VI: Hiding Russia's War in Ukraine

(Not) Behind Enemy Lines VI: Hiding Russia's War in Ukraine

The all-but-certain involvement of Russian military forces in Eastern Ukraine has caused widespread international criticism. But what about  the voices of opposition at home? Leksika's Sean Crowley investigates, taking a look at how the rising casualty rate is effecting the Russian public's support for their comrades in the Donbass conflict.