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AssessmentsDec 16, 2019 | 10:30 GMT
"Camp Castor" in Gao, Mali, is part of the U.N. mission in the country.
Western Reluctance in the Sahel Opens Doors for Russia
Western reluctance to increase its commitment to security in the militancy-plagued Sahel creates opportunities for Russia there. As part of its broader diplomatic offensive in Africa, Moscow already has been working to upgrade its military relationship with the traditionally French-aligned states of the Sahel, former colonies of France. For Russia, a greater security role in the Sahel, a region of West Africa at the southern end of the Sahara, could mean supplying military equipment and services -- such as the deployment of private military forces or training by the Russian military proper -- in exchange for minerals extracted locally. But while Moscow can offer local governments supplementary capabilities in the form of arms, training and direct military support, Russia is unlikely to supplant the role played by the larger, more deeply rooted French-led Western efforts in the region. And depending on how far any new Russian involvement extends, its new activities
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SnapshotsJul 10, 2019 | 21:37 GMT
Russia: Moscow Divvies Up 5G and Quantum Development Among Its Proxies
Russia has pursued various efforts to strengthen its position in the face of sanctions and deteriorating relations with the West and its allies. One major element of this strategy has been reducing Moscow's economic reliance on the rest of the world. In tune with Russian goals of self-sustainability in the domains of internet and communication, Moscow is now also pushing for "technological sovereignty" as a way to reduce economic and intellectual dependencies.
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PodcastsMay 31, 2019 | 19:04 GMT
A firefighter tackles a blaze within the 30-kilometer "no-go" zone around Chernobyl. Fires, which diffuse radioactive material, are frequent in this inhabited zone and are often started by homeless people.
Considering Chernobyl's Legacy, Decades On
On 26 April 1986, an explosion and subsequent fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, near the Belarusian border -- then part of the Soviet Union -- projected a plume of radioactive material into the sky. Over 30 years later, an exclusion zone with a radius of roughly 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) is still enforced. The catastrophic accident was the result of a flawed reactor design and lapsed safety protocols and the incident severely damaged the reputation of Soviet (now Russian) nuclear power production. In fact, the Russian nuclear sector -- now led by state-owned company Rosatom -- may never fully escape the ghost of Chernobyl. Stratfor Senior Science and Technology Analyst Rebecca Keller and Senior Eurasia Analyst Eugene Chausovsky join Editorial Director Ben Sheen to explore the implications of the Chernobyl incident, then and now.
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ReflectionsOct 5, 2017 | 21:45 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Saudi King Salman at the Kremlin in Moscow on Oct. 5, 2017. Saudi Arabia and Russia aren't on the friendliest of terms, but circumstances have aligned in such a way that each needs the other.
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. King Salman will spend four days in Moscow, meeting with high-ranking Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, mainly on energy and the economy. But the two sides will also try to find common ground on other more contentious issues, including Russia's involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts and Saudi Arabia's ties to Muslim regions in Russia.
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AssessmentsSep 20, 2017 | 20:02 GMT
Despite the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident of 1986, Russia has become the dominant player in the nuclear power export game.
Moscow's Nuclear Energy Advantage
Using energy exports as an engine of geopolitical influence is nothing new for Russia. Natural gas as a lever of influence across Europe is a staple of Moscow's playbook. And the global demand for alternative energy sources is expected to grow. However, the Western and Asian nuclear powers have not been able to capitalize because a combination of market forces (and the high capital costs of nuclear plants), political flux and negative social opinions have turned the tide against nuclear in many of the traditional powers.
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SnapshotsAug 29, 2017 | 20:24 GMT
Hungary, Russia: Re-Energizing a Relationship
Russian President Vladimir Putin has traveled little in recent years, but there are two things he always has time for: judo and Hungary. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban played host to Putin in Budapest on Aug. 28 for the opening of the 2017 World Judo Championships. This is Putin's second trip to Hungary this year. The two leaders held a bilateral meeting but did not schedule a news conference -- a sign they're looking to shy away from more difficult questions. Instead, their talks were summarized for journalists by the Hungarian minister of foreign affairs, who said the pair discussed cooperation on energy projects. Putin may be known for his love of judo, but it's clear he came to Budapest to build a relationship with Hungary that will advance Russian interests, only one of which is energy.
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Partner PerspectivesAug 28, 2017 | 09:15 GMT
We live in an age of technological revolution that is driving productivity and development forward in many different sectors.
Growing Agriculture Through Nuclear Solutions
We live in an age of technological revolution that is driving productivity and development forward in many different sectors. Across Africa, some of these breakthroughs are being successfully deployed in agriculture. Aware of the benefits that nuclear technologies in particular have to offer, several emerging countries on the continent are mulling an expansion of their nuclear capacities.
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AssessmentsFeb 9, 2016 | 09:30 GMT
Russia's increasing involvement in India's nuclear power program includes Rosatom's building of two reactors at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
Gauging India's Nuclear Power Potential
India needs energy, including nuclear power, to support its growing population and economy. Unfortunately for India, its legal and policy framework make it less attractive for many foreign firms to cooperate with the country to build up its nuclear power sector. India needs those firms if it wants to meet its ambitious targets in nuclear development. So New Delhi will look to expand existing partnerships, such as with Russia, while the contributions of the nuclear sector to India's energy needs remain minimal.
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