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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

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”

Iran Wants to Join the Eurasian Union, But Will Russia Allow It? By Nikola Mikovic - Mar 1, 2021

The Russia-dominated Eurasian Economic Union might soon be acquiring a new member: Iran. Boxed in because of its sponsorship of mischief-makers throughout the Middle East, and laboring under US-imposed sanctions, Tehran believes it needs to strengthen ties with any neighbors that might be willing to accept it. Iran appears, in fact, to think that membership … Continue reading “Iran Wants to Join the Eurasian Union, But Will Russia Allow It?”

Libya’s Interim Government: It Changes Nothing for Russia and Turkey, or the US’s Continued Absence By Nikola Mikovic - Feb 15, 2021

Russia and Turkey – allies and enemies at the same time – used the US’s “absence” from the Middle East to increase their influence in the region. America’s expected “return” to the global arena under Joe Biden means that Washington will face a new reality on the ground where Moscow and Ankara are strengthening their … Continue reading “Libya’s Interim Government: It Changes Nothing for Russia and Turkey, or the US’s Continued Absence”

Syrian Kurds Face Betrayal Again. But What Is Russia and Turkey’s Real Goal? By Nikola Mikovic - Jan 3, 2021

Russia and Turkey hold in their hands the fate of the strategically important northern Syrian town of Ain Issa, nominally controlled by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) but overseen by the Russians. Faced with a possible attack by Turkish-backed forces in the form of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), because of an important highway … Continue reading “Syrian Kurds Face Betrayal Again. But What Is Russia and Turkey’s Real Goal?”