When controversial former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was tapped as governor of Ukraine’s strategic Odessa region last year, he hired a young team to build a showcase for reform in post-revolutionary Ukraine. But today the prospects for success seem to be growing dimmer by the day.
Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark have found themselves at the center of key security debates in Europe on growing Russian aggression and the migrant crisis. But can the Nordic countries translate their geostrategic importance into lasting influence in NATO and the European Union?
Vladimir Putin’s so-called tilt to Asia has taken on new importance recently, as Moscow looks eastward for new economic and diplomatic opportunities. But despite this new push and the Russia-ASEAN Summit in May, numerous hurdles stand in the way of deeper Russian engagement with Southeast Asia.