Will Russian Peace Efforts Pay Off in Syria?

Will Russian Peace Efforts Pay Off in Syria?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

By: USIP Staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Sochi on Tuesday to discuss efforts to end the Syrian civil war. The presidents of Iran and Turkey are scheduled to meet Putin on Wednesday as Russia promises to scale back its military presence in Syria and push for a diplomatic solution.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Evolving Sino-Russian Cooperation in Syria

Evolving Sino-Russian Cooperation in Syria

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

By: Yixiang Xu

Sino-Russian alignment in support of the Assad government in Syria is driven primarily by the mutual goal of preventing regime change and halting the spread of Islamic extremism. However, because Chinese strategic priorities lie elsewhere and Russia’s tactic of protracting military conflict in Syria contradicts Beijing’s long-term strategic interests, the prospect of future Sino-Russian cooperation in Syria is limited. This Peace Brief examines the forces driving this cooperation as well as its limits.

Violent Extremism; Economics & Environment; Global Policy

Ukraine's 'Invisible Crisis': 1.5 Million Who Fled War With Russia

Ukraine's 'Invisible Crisis': 1.5 Million Who Fled War With Russia

Monday, November 23, 2015

By: Viola Gienger

When 5,000 people flooded into a city of 500,000 in one night with little more than the pajamas on their backs, they were greeted by the mayor and an assemblage of churches and civic groups ready to embrace them with shelter, food, clothing and moral support. The scene might sound like something from Europe’s west, where refugees are flooding in from the Middle East and Africa. But this is Ukraine in the midst of a war and an economic crisis, and two years into upheaval, the strain is beginning to show.

Economics & Environment; Human Rights; Fragility and Resilience

Action, Not Words, Needed to Improve Ukraine's Investment Climate

Action, Not Words, Needed to Improve Ukraine's Investment Climate

Friday, November 20, 2015

By: Colin Cleary; William B. Taylor

Ukraine must not remain a country of great but unrealized potential. The International Monetary Fund package and other foreign assistance are helping stabilize Ukraine’s economy, but only an attractive business climate can result in the level of investment that will truly transform the country for the long term.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Economics & Environment; Global Policy

Q&A: Russia’s Intervention in Syria

Q&A: Russia’s Intervention in Syria

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

By: Gopal Ratnam

Russia’s military involvement in Syria has further complicated a four-year-long civil war that the United Nations says has killed more than 250,000 people and driven half the population from their homes. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad just visited Moscow, his first trip outside Syria since the conflict began in 2011 – to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Elie Abouaoun, director of Middle East programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, considers the ramifications, the prospects for r...

Violent Extremism; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Education & Training

The Ukraine-Russia Conflict

The Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Monday, March 23, 2015

By: Lauren Van Metre; Kathleen Kuehnast, Ph.D.; Viola Gienger

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its military operations in Eastern Ukraine have overturned the post–Cold War norms that had provided stability and development for the former Soviet countries bordering Russia. As neighboring countries assess their own security situation based on Russia’s aggressive practices in Ukraine and the West’s response, they are actively testing the new contours of Russian and Western engagement, regional alliances and relationships, and regional conflict dynamics.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Justice, Security & Rule of Law; Global Policy