Ariel Cohen

Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Security at The Heritage Foundation.

Publications by Ariel Cohen

Kazakhstan: Israel’s Partner in Eurasia

Israel and post-communist, resource-rich states have similar geopolitical priorities in opposing terrorism and radical Islam. Read More »

The Russian Handicap to U.S. Iran Policy

There are voices in the Obama Administration who believe that the Kremlin is able and willing to exert pressure on Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons. However, perceived geopolitical and economic benefits in the unstable Persian Gulf, in which American influence is on the wane, outweigh Russia’s concerns about a nuclear-armed Iran. The Kremlin sees Iran not as a threat but as a partner or an ad-hoc ally to challenge U.S. influence. Read More »

The Russian-Georgian War: Implications for the Middle East

Russia’s long-term strategic goals include increasing its control of the Caucasus, especially over strategic energy pipelines. Russian continental power is on the rise. Israel should understand it and not provoke Moscow unnecessarily, while defending its own national security interests staunchly. Small states need to treat nuclear armed great powers with respect. Read More »

The Coming U.S.-Russian Train Wreck – Is Israel Caught in the Middle?

The current elites define Russia’s strategic goals as being in opposition to the United States and its policies. The Moscow propaganda machine is only a step away from putting Israel on the “short list” of designated enemies. Jerusalem’s relationship with Moscow may deteriorate if Russia continues to treat Israel as an American satellite state. Read More »

The Turkish Strategic Challenge After the July Elections

Turkey’s secular system will continue to be challenged as the Islamic Justice and Development Party (the AKP) gradually pulls Islamic values further into public life. Anti-Americanism has become rampant. Anti-Israel feelings are also pervasive, and after terrorist attacks against two Istanbul synagogues and anti-Semitic articles in the media, many Turkish Jews live in fear. Read More »

Russia’s New Middle Eastern Policy: Back to Bismarck?

Russia has been increasing its sales of weapons to Middle Eastern countries, as well as to rogue and semi-rogue states. Russia is using the sale of weapons and nuclear reactors today the way imperial Germany used railroads before World War One – to attract allies, bolster influence, and undermine the dominant power in the Middle East. Russia aims at becoming an alternative world superpower and is increasingly at odds with or opposed to the U.S. and the West. Read More »

Russia’s New Middle Eastern Policy: Back to Bismarck?

Vol. 6, No. 25 Russian President Vladimir Putin has outlined a new Russian Middle Eastern policy and has made a precedent-setting visit to Saudi Arabia, and to other traditional American allies in the Middle East. Russia has been increasing its sales […] Read More »