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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

Russia’s Ally Tajikistan Emerges as Taliban’s New Nemesis By Nikola Mikovic - Oct 5, 2021

With a growing hub of Afghan resistance figures and political exiles, Tajikistan has emerged as the primary foreign power ready to face down the new Taliban government. Reports of a push to form an alternative Afghan administration in the Tajik capital Dushanbe will only deepen hostilities between the neighbors. Since the Taliban stormed Kabul, the … Continue reading “Russia’s Ally Tajikistan Emerges as Taliban’s New Nemesis”

Fall of Kabul: Russia Weighs Security with Influence in New Afghanistan By Nikola Mikovic - Aug 28, 2021

Within days of hosting Taliban officials at its embassy in Kabul, Russia’s tanks were involved in live-fire exercises in Tajikistan, near the border with Afghanistan. And while Russia said the world needed to accept the Taliban takeover of the country, Vladimir Putin went on to warn central Asian leaders that it was vital to stop … Continue reading “Fall of Kabul: Russia Weighs Security with Influence in New Afghanistan”

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?”