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Emil Avdaliani teaches history and international relations at Tbilisi State University and Ilia State University. He has worked for various international consulting companies and currently publishes articles focused on military and political developments across the former Soviet sphere.

ARTICLES BY: Emil Avdaliani

March 12, 2018 12:49 pm

Trump’s Foreign Policy: The Return of Geopolitics

On December 18, 2017, the US government unveiled the country’s new National Security Strategy. The document states unequivocally that “after being dismissed as a phenomenon...

March 4, 2018 8:00 pm

The Myth of Russian Weakness

In discussions of international affairs, it has become commonplace for Western observers to view Russia as a declining power, destined to succumb to a string...

February 19, 2018 9:20 am

Are Russia and Israel on a Collision Course Over Syria?

Russian politicians have been surprisingly mute on the Israeli airstrikes in Syria that took place on February 11. Nothing notable has been said beyond an...

February 6, 2018 1:32 pm

Russia’s Eurasian Disunion Stalls Out Due to Fears of Moscow’s Influence

The Eurasian Union was created in early 2015, but the idea was hardly new. Since its inception as a veritable regional power in the 16th-century...

January 18, 2018 4:57 pm

The Dangers of the Russian-Iranian Alliance

Iran was a regional power for centuries. Powerful Iranian dynasties, such as the Achaemenids and the Sasanians in the ancient period -- and the Safavids...

December 29, 2017 9:57 am

US-Russia Relations Plunge Still Further

Relations between Moscow and Washington are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War. This state of affairs was vividly reflected at...

December 20, 2017 1:47 pm

Iran and the New Land Corridor

In the early 620s CE -- just before the Arab/Muslim invasions of the Middle East -- the Sasanian Shah, Khosrow II, besieged Constantinople, the capital of Byzantium, with his...

November 8, 2017 4:03 pm

Why Russia Won’t Leave Syria

Following the recent successes of the Russian military forces in Syria, there are renewed indications that Moscow is seeking some kind of exit strategy. Already...

November 5, 2017 12:41 pm

Israel and the South Caucasus: Building a New Approach

For most observers, the South Caucasus region might not appear high on Israel’s foreign policy agenda. This is a reasonable assumption, as none of the...

October 9, 2017 3:08 pm

Will Putin’s Next Presidential Term Be Different?

For the past several years, Vladimir Putin’s government has been facing major challenges both at home and abroad. In terms of foreign policy, Russia has experienced...


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ‘Superman’ … at the Kotel - American actor Dean Cain, known for his role as “Superman” in the hit 1990s’...


Jewish Groups Weigh-in on Pompeo for Secretary of State - Many major American Jewish organizations are pleased by the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson...

Training for War in Gaza as Hamas Lurks in Tunnels and Towers - Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip more than a decade ago, it has built, trained and...

Israeli Attractions: Givat Sher, the Judean Lowhills - In the town of Modi’in, which is situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, lies Givat Sher (“The hill of...


Anti-Israel Students at UC-Santa Barbara Endorse ‘Armed Resistance,&#...

The anti-Zionist group Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) published a series of...


Israel Ranks 11th in UN ‘World Happiness Report’ - Israel just missed out on a place in the top 10 happiest countries in the world, placing 11th in the latest world happiness index. “The World Happiness Report 2018,” compiled by the United Nations Sustainable...

Middle East

Abbas Meets With Released Prisoner Who Was Accomplice in Murder of Israeli - In the presidential office in Ramallah on March 14, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met with Rajaei Haddad, a terrorist from eastern Jerusalem released from prison after serving a...