Central Asia is at the centre of two new initiatives by China and Russia that run against a longstanding economic vision of the US.
The Russian 'exclave' ignored its Soviet past, remembered its German roots, but now looks east again.
In the US, smiling is a reflexive gesture of goodwill, but Russians view it as a sign of stupidity. Social psychology research could help explain this cultural contrast.
African governments and football associations need to do some serious recalculating for the Qatar world cup in 2022.
President Trump is criticized for wreaking havoc on the international order, where the US was the established leader. But Trump is simply hastening a change that has been a long time coming.
An edited extract of an interview which is published in partnership with The Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
The rules are clear on campaign donations but meetings with foreign representatives are more of a grey area.
Paradoxically, it is only when I disappear into the digital crowd that my personal data becomes interesting for digital merchants.
As the England World Cup team get set to debut in Volgograd it's apt to reflect on an Anglo-Russian relationship that has endured tumultuous political times.
Beluga sturgeon found their migration route blocked by Europe's largest hydroelectric dam.
The Russian leader seems to understand the ability of sport to foment feelings of national pride and enhance his popularity at home.
Compared with years past, the build-up to the Russia World Cup has been relatively subdued from a marketing and advertising standpoint.
Russia and Saudi Arabia's new friendship is bad news for Iran.
After a century of debate, Europe still hasn't figured out how to deal with its giant of a neighbour.
Can we trust expert football predictions? Perhaps, but it's variable.
FIFA has never been free of political interference and controversies since its inception in 1904.
A flavor of diplomacy that focuses on science cuts through political differences and finds new ways for nations to work together.
The Russian people need to show the world a different side to the scandal-struck country when the World Cup kicks off.
Scandal-plagued FIFA says it's committed to reform. Changing the way World Cup hosts are selected would be a start.
When Senegal face Poland in their first World Cup match in Russia, the whole nation will be roaring them on to victory.