Vladimir Putin sees Russia as a civilizational state and has toyed with the idea of Kazakhstan being part of greater Russia.
James M. Dorsey
There’s evidence of a potentially positive fallout of a lower US presence.
The conflict between Prime Minister Abiy and Tigrayan nationalists could put Ethiopia on the path to civil war.
Iran has become the poster child of what happens when the public distrusts a government that has a track record of being untransparent from the outset of a crisis.
Lining up on opposing sides are Middle Eastern, North African, and Eastern Mediterranean nations, Gulf states, Turkey, Russia, and Europe.
Much of the international community falsely assumed that a Syrian victory in Idlib would create a fait accompli that Turkey would accept.
The civilizationalist approach is making itself felt not only in lands governed by civilizationalists.
The rise of civilizationalist leaders in democracies empowers anti-liberal and anti-democratic forces.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is at odds with just about everybody.
Iran’s attractiveness to Central Asian nations increases the Islamic republic’s importance to the Belt and Road, China’s infrastructure, transportation and energy-driven initiative to connect the Eurasian landmass to Beijing.