Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Russian route out of Libyan minefield

The United States shouldn't gloat over persuading Russia to endorse the removal of Muammar Gaddafi. Even if the rebels take Tripoli, Gaddafi loyalists in the south may fight on. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda's influence in northern Africa will rise in the post-conflict gloom. Before the mire deepens too much, the US should tap Moscow's rare talent of coaxing old autocrats into retirement.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Russia frets over Eurasian domino theory

Moscow's minimalist vision for managing its "near abroad", and the rising need to stem the trans-Eurasian narcotics trade, pivots on the stability and security of Central Asian states. The Kremlin's opposition to intervention in Libya is not leverage against the West, but aimed at preventing a destabilization of the global energy market that could fatally sabotage Central Asia's nascent economies.

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