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Nikola Mikovic

Nikola Mikovic is a political analyst in Serbia. His work focuses mostly on the foreign policies of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, with special attention on energy and “pipeline politics.”

Articles By Nikola Mikovic

For Russia, the Taliban Are a Necessary Evil By Nikola Mikovic - Jul 16, 2021

The Taliban are looking increasingly like an important player in the politics not only of Afghanistan but of Central Asia. Much of Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan is already under Taliban control and the rest of the country, including Kabul and other major cities, cannot be far behind. That, along with the imminent withdrawal … Continue reading “For Russia, the Taliban Are a Necessary Evil”

Why Is Nato Member Turkey Eyeing Up a Partnership with Russia? By Nikola Mikovic - Jun 20, 2021

Historically, Russia and Turkey have always been rivals, geopolitically speaking. In recent times they have, however, managed to forge a working partnership in Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh, but it is one that depends heavily on their current relations with what is still the world’s biggest power – the United States. Ankara and Washington are allies … Continue reading “Why Is Nato Member Turkey Eyeing Up a Partnership with Russia?”

Sudan Could Be the Setting for a Re-Play of the ‘Great Game’ By Nikola Mikovic - May 19, 2021

Last November, Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, announced an agreement with Sudan to build a seaport technical facility with mooring capabilities for nuclear-powered vessels. At that time, Khartoum had not yet ratified the agreement, but it appeared nevertheless to have been a done deal. Six months on, however, the Russians are not only still waiting, but … Continue reading “Sudan Could Be the Setting for a Re-Play of the ‘Great Game’”

Can Turkey Stay Friends With Both Ukraine and Russia? By Nikola Mikovic - Apr 11, 2021

As tensions rise between Ukraine and Russia, both countries are building up their military forces near the border. If the conflict escalates in the energy-rich Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, Kiev is counting on direct and open support from Nato. But how would Turkey, with the second-largest army in the alliance, react if a confrontation … Continue reading “Can Turkey Stay Friends With Both Ukraine and Russia?”

Can Russia Push Forward the Afghan Peace Process? Not on Its Own By Nikola Mikovic - Mar 23, 2021

Russia seeks to become an important player in conflict resolution in Afghanistan, where the interests of various regional and global powers, including the United States, come together. While the West remains highly suspicious of Russia – especially since the revelation of Moscow’s alleged attempt to influence the 2020 US presidential elections and the Alexei Navalny … Continue reading “Can Russia Push Forward the Afghan Peace Process? Not on Its Own”