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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

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?”

Why Russia’s Putin Wants a Naval Base in Sudan By Nikola Mikovic - Dec 20, 2020

Ever since Vladimir Putin came to power in 1999, Russia has steadily lost influence in neighboring countries such as Ukraine and Georgia, and as far away as Cuba. Now, however, it is attempting to rebuild international influence with a presence in Sudan, thereby inserting itself more firmly into security issues – and eventually energy ones … Continue reading “Why Russia’s Putin Wants a Naval Base in Sudan”