Latest Former Soviet Union Analysis
A view of the Bulvar boardwalk along the Caspian Sea in Baku. (Stratfor)

Azerbaijan's Nimble National Strategy

Nearly a quarter-century since independence, Azerbaijan has undergone titanic changes. Read more…

U.S. diplomat and historian George F. Kennan (1904 - 2005, left) is sworn in as ambassador to the Soviet Union by Raymond Muir, as Kennan's wife and daughter look on. (HULTON ARCHIVE/Getty Images)

Why the U.S. Feels It Must Contain Russia

The strategy Washington used against the Soviet Union during the Cold War is still useful as the United States works to keep Russia from becoming a regional hegemon. Read more…

Russia's Contest With the West Heats Up in the Caucasus

A new NATO training center in Georgia and a possible Russian radar station in Azerbaijan are signs that the competition between Russia and the West goes beyond Ukraine. Read more…