Saudi Arabia and Russia Negotiate From Opposite Sides of the Table

Saudi King Salman just made history as the first-ever Saudi king to visit Russia. Saudi Arabia and Russia aren’t on the friendliest of terms, but circumstances have aligned in such a way that each needs the other. Their differences aside, when it comes to energy and the economy, Russia’s and Saudi Arabia’s interests are overlapping more than ever. Continue reading →

Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained

The assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey is one of the most politically significant attacks in Turkey’s escalating violence in recent years. Since 2015, more than 380 people have been killed in major attacks throughout the country. So far, both countries are working to manage the situation and sending signals of cooperation. The reason is Syria. In the past few months, Turkey and Russia have taken pains to line up their once-conflicting strategies there. Continue reading →