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The article first published in americanthinker.com on 10/23/2017.   Though Western Europe and Washington are reluctant to fess up to this unfortunate fact, Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long ago given up even the pretence of being a democratic polity and is openly pursuing policies detrimental

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  The news from Ankara these days ascertain an important segment in President Erdogan’s drive for global prominence as he is borrowing heavily from President Putin’s guide for autocratic leaders. Yet it is hard to see how he will be able to profit from the

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  There are historical events that are just that, vaguely-remembered memories of events past that are of interest mostly to professional historians. And then there are momentous events that shape a nation’s consciousness for better or worse for generations to come. One such event for

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Alex Alexiev is chairman of the Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies and the editor of the geopolitical website bulgariaanalytica.org. He tweets on national security at twitter.com/alexieff and could be reached at alexievalex4@gmail.com.
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  One of the greatest challenges we face today is to understand the trends and reap the benefits of change in a rapidly evolving world.   Just a decade ago, leaders in south and southeastern Europe believed that breaking away from Gazprom’s monopoly meant they

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The article first published in danielpipes.org on 07/18/2017.   In February, Turkey’s ambassador to Israel told this author to stay away from his country; at least he did so diplomatically. In June, Turkey’s ambassador to Bulgaria treated me in a remarkably rude and undiplomatic manner.   The occasion was

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  Gazprom again is launching its mothballed project of bypassing Ukraine with Russia’s own version of a ‘Southern Gas Corridor’. On May 4 the Audacia pipe-laying vessel, run by Allseas Group, reached Anapa on the Russian coast of the Black Sea. Ten days later, another

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Analyst and consultant on the oil and gas industry and politics in Russia; co-founder of and analyst with the RusEnergy consultancy in Moscow; editor-in-chief of The Russian Energy weekly newsletter. He previously served as editor-in-chief for the Russian Petroleum Investor and as associate editor for the Caspian Investor monthly magazines. Between 1972 and 1992, he worked for the TASS news agency in Moscow, Cairo, Damascus, Tehran, and Beirut, rising from correspondent to chief of bureau. Krutikhin graduated from Moscow State University majoring in Iranian linguistics, but later obtained his Ph.D. in modern history.
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  The article first published in americanthinker.com on 04/16/2017.   On April 17, the Western world would wake up having to answer the urgent question: “Who lost Turkey? The day before that, Turkey would have completed its shocking transition from a long-term NATO ally and an