Analysis and Policy

Russia Attempts to Mend Energy Ties Between Turkey and Greece – But Israel Has Other Ideas

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Among other issues discussed were plans to connect the Turkstream pipeline (a Russo-Turkish cooperative endeavour) to Greece and beyond the Balkans, to a pipeline leading from Greece into Italy. Putin further hinted at a standing offer to mediate […]

Julian Assange’s Lawyer Correct to Reject Ecuador’s “Trap Door Deal”

Yesterday, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno revealed that his country and the United Kingdom had reached an agreement whereby upon Julian Assange’s hypothetical exit from London’s Ecuadorian Embassy (where he has lived as a de-facto prisoner since 2012) Assange would not face extradition to a country that might execute him. Initially, […]

Showing Solidarity With Qatar or Stabbing Russia in The Back: Understanding Iran’s Rejection of OPEC+

Iran’s Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh just announced that his country will not participate in the format widely known as OPEC+, a commercial alliance between OPEC and major oil producers from outside of the OPEC cartel. In practical terms, OPEC+ is driven by the leadership of de-facto OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and […]

Turkey’s President Erdogan Secures Deep Friendship With Venezuela – Thus Shattering Traditional Definitions of “Left and Right”

It may strike some as peculiar when the head of state from a militarily powerful NATO member that has broken off relations with Syria due to disagreements with Bashar al-Assad visits Bolivarian Socialist Venezuela for a prominent official visit. Certainly such a thing would never happen in respect of the […]

Imran Khan Has Shown More Diplomatic Maturity in Four Months Than Many Leaders do After Decades

The still fresh faced Imran Khan has only been Pakistan’s Prime Minister since August of this year, yet his diplomatic skills and ability to balance good relations between multiple rivalling powers has already proven that Imran has eschewed the ideological bent that defined some of his childish predecessors and has […]