Author: Ariel Cohen
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Security at The Heritage Foundation.
The Russian Handicap to U.S. Iran Policy
April 22, 2009 | Ariel Cohen
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.
The Russian-Georgian War: Implications for the Middle East
August 15, 2008 | Ariel Cohen
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.
The Coming U.S.-Russian Train Wreck – Is Israel Caught in the Middle?
October 23, 2007 | Ariel Cohen
The Turkish Strategic Challenge After the July Elections
August 9, 2007 | Ariel Cohen