Venezuela urgently needs financial assistance, but the regime of Nicolás Maduro has few international allies.
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China, Russia and the International Monetary Fund are among those contemplating a Venezuela bailout. But help for this debt-stricken nation seems far from assured.
Russia is dragging its feet on climate action - and risks being left out in the cold.
Christmas Eve 2015, Paris.
Well Santa has come and gone, at least for the largest proportion of the world’s population. And, as we reach the end of the year, it is inevitably time to review recent trends and the prospects for 2016…
Vladimir Putin and friends at the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit in September 2015.
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A renewed security focus on Afghanistan is part of Vladimir Putin's plan to re-energise Russia's vision of a 'Greater Eurasia'.
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Despite a fierce exchange of rhetoric over Russia's airstrikes in Syria, it makes sense for Moscow and Washington to coordinate their military intervention.
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The West has condemned Moscow's ongoing support for Bashar al-Assad. But perhaps it is the least-worst option.