Latest Former Soviet Union Analysis

In Syria, a Cease-Fire With Uncertain Prospects

Given the limited scope of the latest attempt to reduce the fighting, chances of long-term success look dim. Read more…

Cuban president Raul Castro welcomes Russian Patriarch Kirill to Havana on Feb. 11. Kirill will be meeting with Pope Francis during his trip, in a historical moment for the two religious leaders. (YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Moscow Versus the Vatican: Is the Fight Over?

A millennium-old rivalry does not just disappear overnight. Read more…

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry address the media at a press conference in Moscow on Dec. 15. (SERGEI KARPUKHIN/AFP/Getty Images)

In Ukraine's Conflict, Rumors of Compromise Grow

Meaningful progress in talks over the Russia-West standoff in Ukraine could become more than just speculation. Read more…