This article belongs to Pax Russica series   “It is not often that nations learn from the past, even rarer that they draw the correct conclusions from it.”  Henry Kissinger     In December 1979, the Soviet Union launched a military intervention in Afghanistan, having responded to the calls from Taraki government. The Soviet leaders, whose main goal was to protect the loyal...

Early April of the current year, the news spread from Switzerland reported a long-awaited arrangement: Iran and six world powers that had negotiated for the past several years declared a deal, which would block Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of Western sanctions. Despite some skeptical opinions, the most agreed it was a big diplomatic achievement and hoped for further...

The annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014 and the protests in Ukraine’s eastern region leading to separatist movements in Donetsk and Luhansk provinces deservedly caught the world’s attention. What began as pro-Russian protests has escalated into an armed conflict between the Russia-backed forces of the Donetsk and Luhansk Republics and Ukraine, giving rise to concerns over...

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