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Maxim Suchkov

Biography

Dr. Maxim A. Suchkov is an expert of the Russian International Affairs Council and a columnist for Al-Monitor’s Russia Pulse. He is the author of “Essays on Russian Foreign Policy in the Caucasus and the Middle East” (NOMOS Publishers, 2015). He was previously a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and Visiting Fellow at New York University. Follow him on Twitter: @Max_A_Suchkov.

11.08.2016

What is Russia's real role in the US presidential election?

What is Russia's real role in the US presidential election?

RD Interview: Well-known Russia expert Jeffrey Mankoff from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) weighs in on the current controversy over alleged Russian involvement in the current U.S. presidential race

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22.03.2016

Brussels attacks: ‘Hibernating terrorism’ not just European problem

Brussels attacks: ‘Hibernating terrorism’ not just European problem

The latest terrorist bombings to hit a major European city have once again exposed the continent’s deep-seated vulnerability to attack from within – and should act as a call for unified global efforts to confront the cancer of terrorism

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18.02.2016

In search of a new agenda for US-Russia relations

In search of a new agenda for US-Russia relations

RD Interview: After their bitter confrontation over Ukraine and Syria, is it really possible for the U.S. and Russia to chart out a stable course for international relations? We asked Michael Kofman, a fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Wilson Center in Washington, DC

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06.08.2015

Russia and the US, in search of a Syrian solution

Russia and the US, in search of a Syrian solution

Instead of offering competing plans and visions for Syria, Moscow and Washington should be working together to develop a compromise diplomatic solution

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04.05.2015

What's next for Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov?

What's next for Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov?

In addition to maintaining order and stability in Chechnya, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov may be asked to play a more active foreign policy role by the Kremlin

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14.01.2015

What's at stake for Russia with Charlie Hebdo?

What's at stake for Russia with Charlie Hebdo?

Russia finds itself in a difficult position in how it responds to the Charlie Hebdo attack. It must simultaneously show sympathy for the victims of the French attack, while also respecting the cultural, social and religious values of its own population

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29.12.2014

Russia's terrorism threat: A year in review

Russia's terrorism threat: A year in review

2014 has been a year full of challenges for Russia’s security services. On of them is the increasing terrorism threat created by external factors such as the rise of the Islamic State. How should Russia address this threat in 2015?

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12.12.2014

Understanding the fine print of Russia's new treaty with Abkhazia

Understanding the fine print of Russia's new treaty with Abkhazia

A recent treaty sighed with Abkhazia signals Moscow’s strategic priorities in the region. The more that Georgia leans toward NATO and the West, the more that Moscow will engage Abkhazia and South Ossetia

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27.10.2014

Why Russia and Canada could cooperate on counter-terrorism

Why Russia and Canada could cooperate on counter-terrorism

The recent terrorist attack in Canada’s capital may finally spur the type of counter-terrorism cooperation between Russia and Canada that has been limited in recent months by US-Russian relations hitting all-time lows

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24.09.2014

Why it matters that Russia and US have different narratives about ISIS

Why it matters that Russia and US have different narratives about ISIS

Within the US and Russia, there are conflicting narratives of the terror threat posed by ISIS. This hampers effective counter-terrorism cooperation and sows the seeds of further mistrust and mutual suspicion

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08.04.2014

Don’t forget about Russia’s Islamic challenge in Crimea

Don’t forget about Russia’s Islamic challenge in Crimea

With both Russia and the West preoccupied with settling the score over the Ukrainian crisis, radical Islamists might use this opening to start flexing their muscles in Crimea

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05.02.2014

The Olympic challenge: A litmus test for Russia

The Olympic challenge: A litmus test for Russia

The success or failure of the Sochi Olympics will be the backdrop against which Russia later addresses more significant problems, such as fixing its policy in the North Caucasus and developing relations with foreign countries like the U.S.

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17.10.2013

Syria: Pandora’s Box for the Russian Caucasus?

Syria: Pandora’s Box for the Russian Caucasus?

The Syrian crisis may have a dangerous destabilizing impact on the North Caucasus unless Moscow and Washington agree to cooperate against extremist forces in the region

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