A Battle for Influence in the Caucasus

Russia, Turkey, and Iran compete for control of the region's ethnic and religious landscape.

Global security
A Battle for Influence in the Caucasus

Russia, Iran, and Turkey in Central Asia: A Nexus of Minor Tensions

When it comes to Syria's war, Moscow-Tehran-Ankara dynamics have been in the headlines....

Central Asia

Religion, Conflict, and Geopolitics in 2017

As a new presidential administration takes the reins in Washington, and as the UK begins exiting the EU, 2017 promises to bring dr...

CRG report

Why Syria’s Future Can Only be Secured by a Multinational Stabilisation Force

The Syrian civil war is three conflicts in one: a proxy war, a popular uprising, and a counter-extremism struggle....

The UN Security Council after a vote to approve a Russian-Turkish peace plan for Syria, 31 December 2016.

A US-Russia Deal in Syria Would Maintain a Bloody Status Quo

The Assad dictatorship would cling onto power.


Who Gains from the Russia-Turkey Crisis?

Moscow-Ankara tensions are the worst they have been in a century....

Global security

The Contest Over Islam in Russia

Russia's religious landscape is fast changing, and a contest over religious practice in the country's heartland has implications b...


Defender of the Faith? Russia's 'Holy War' in Syria

Russia's Orthodox Church and Syrian jihadis agree on one thing: that Russia's intervention in Syria is a 'holy war'.