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For Russia, control of the coronavirus narrative is designed to ensure President Vladimir Putin continues to be cast as the guarantor of security, as well as to prevent mass panic that could lead to political destabilisation.
The world’s attention may be focused on the coronavirus pandemic. But Russia continues its complicated game in Libya.
Bitter exchanges between Russia and Poland over the Second World War highlight the impact of historical memory on real-world security concerns.
The latest Munich Security Conference hosted a great deal of talk about Europe as a greater strategic player. But for now, as it embarks on a new decade, most of this remains just talk.
Piecing together the evidence for the tragedy
The forthcoming French-sponsored summit to resolve the Ukraine conflict may provide some diplomatic opportunities, but could also come at a high strategic price.
Cultural celebrity Zakhar Prilepin is a prominent voice in Russia’s militaristic popular discourse.
Sarah Lain reviews The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past, by Shaun Walker
James K Wither
The archipelago of Svalbard shows how emergent issues in the Arctic could lead to new tensions between Russia and NATO.