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Ukraine war: Russia’s Baltic neighbours to create massive border defences as Trump continues undermining Nato

    By Natasha Lindstaedt, University of Essex   With Donald Trump leading in many of the polls for the upcoming US presidential election, his comments about global security and foreign policy have to be taken seriously. In February, Trump flippantly remarked that he would encourage Russia to do whatever it wanted to Nato states that failed to pay their bills. In a follow-up interview on GB News this week […]

todayMarch 25, 2024 17


Why would Islamic State attack Russia and what does this mean for the terrorism threat globally?

      By Greg Barton, Deakin University   It appears almost certain the brutal assault on a Russian crowd settling down to watch a rock concert in Moscow on Friday night was an Islamist terrorist attack. At least 133 people were left dead and scores more were injured after gunmen with automatic weapons stormed the Crocus City Hall in Moscow and opened fire, triggering a stampede. Islamic State claimed […]

todayMarch 25, 2024 4


Putin Claims Election Victory

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he'll prioritise military operations in Ukraine after claiming another six-year term in elections. Official results gave him more than 87% of the vote. Western countries say the election was not free or fair and insist voting in Ukrainian territory was illegal. Director of the Russia Programme at Chatham House James Nixey says the result was not in doubt.  

todayMarch 18, 2024 7


Six more years: Putin claims landslide election victory in Russia

Vladimir Putin has won a fifth term as president in a landslide election victory that had an all but certain outcome. Russia's number one faced no credible opposition candidates, amid a ruthless crackdown on dissent and critical voices. Russian election officials said Putin - who will now serve another six-year term on top of his nearly quarter-century rule - won more than 87% of the vote. Putin claimed Russia's democratic […]

todayMarch 18, 2024 13

Opinion Pieces

Some truths are self-evident: Joe Biden is too old. But who could possibly replace him?

    By Emma Shortis, RMIT University   It is possible, in politics as in life, for several things to be true at once. It is true that Donald Trump and his plans for a second presidential administration represent an existential threat to American democracy. It is true that a media imperative for “balance” in political reporting is further degenerating into a “both sides”, false balance framework that is distorting […]

todayFebruary 21, 2024 6

President Hage Geingob

World leaders pay tribute to Dr. Hage Geingob’s legacy

World leaders, including US President Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, have offered tributes to former President, Dr. Hage Geingob, following his passing. Biden commended Geingob as a fearless leader and advocate, while Putin emphasised his contribution to Namibia-Russia relations. Here’s Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya. Separately, Nigeria's former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has extended his condolences to the government and people of Namibia over the […]

todayFebruary 5, 2024 9


Putin keen to visit North Korea soon

Russian leader Vladimir Putin is eager to visit North Korea at an ‘early date’ according to North Korea state media. The reports by KCNA follow an official visit by North Korea’s foreign minister to Moscow last week. Chris Gilbert reports.  

todayJanuary 22, 2024 2


Putin admits Moscow, Washington in talks on Americans jailed in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin held the end of year press conference on Thursday, taking selected questions form the public and journalists. Putin confirmed Moscow and Washington are in talks over the fate of the 2 American citizens held in Russian jails. He also addressed questions on the ongoing war in Ukraine and the state of the Russian economy, hit by Western sanctions. The event comes as Putin announced he would […]

todayDecember 15, 2023 2