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Azerbaijani naval vessels sit at the harbor in Baku in 2005. (VANO SHLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

A New Military Order in the Caspian Sea?

Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan appear determined to develop their own naval capabilities, ones that would function independently of Russia. Read more…

Russian S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems are on display in a celebration in Minsk on May 9. (Handout/RIA Novosti/Getty Images)

The Motives Behind a Russian-Armenian Air Defense Deal

The agreement comes as the Kremlin is being forced to respond to a wider array of challenges than ever before. Read more…

Soldiers in Nagorno-Karabakh play checkers using a chess set at their post along the line of contact with Azerbaijan on April 21. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Why Progress on the Nagorno-Karabakh Standoff May Be Imminent

Russia's changing position may convince it to broker a deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan over their disputed breakaway territories. Read more…