Geopolitical Diary

The Shifting Sands of Damascus

Syrian rebel gains on the battlefield are a blow to the government's sense of inevitable victory — and thus to the government's credibility. Read more…

An Armenian Tragedy: The Geopolitics of Terminology

The choice between "genocide" and "massacre" in describing the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 indicates either support for a small country aligned with Russia or close ties with a rising power in the Middle East and the Russian periphery. Read more…

Russia Changes Its Tone

Some surprisingly conciliatory statements toward the West could indicate that Vladimir Putin is softening his stance, though he could be bluffing. Read more…


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