RUSI Research Fellow Sarah Lain predicts that Russia's foreign policy will continue to be a major story in 2017, especially their relationship with the US in the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump which may have a impact on the current sanctions regime.
The assassination of Andrei Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, by a Turkish policeman has brought into focus the hugely deleterious impact of the Syrian war upon neighbouring states and the wider region.
US President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of ExxonMobile Chief Executive Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State is being interpreted in Russia as a friendly move. It comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned US–Russia relations in the most positive light since the Ukraine war began in 2014.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991 a new fear emerged: that of Central Asia as a key link in a Muslim fundamentalist ‘arc of instability’ stretching from North Africa to western...