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James Rawlings

James Rawlings is a citizen of Sweden, the United States, and United Kingdom currently studying at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in the Politics and Economics in Eurasia programme. He is a political science graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, with emphasis on security, economics, and US politics. His particular field of interest is security in the Baltic region, following the development of the region and its transformation from being an area of low geopolitical tension, to one of the most dynamic focal points in the interaction between Russia and the West. He also has a deep interest in both Russian and US politics and foreign policy, especially US-Russia relations. This blog will deal with a wide range of issues, but will primarily concentrate on issues pertaining to the Baltic region, broader challenges between Russia and the West, as well as relations between the United States and Russia.

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April 12, 2017

At 04:40 Syrian time, on US President Donald Trump’s order, the destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross fired a barrage of 59 cruise missiles against the Syrian Al-Shayrat airbase, destroying infrastructure ranging from radar installations to air…

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April 12, 2017

In domestic American political discourse, Russia has become a bludgeon with which the liberal establishment seeks to beat President Donald Trump and his administration. In effect, by appealing to Russia as the source of Trump’s electoral success…

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February 27, 2017

On Tuesday 21st February, Sweden’s foreign minister Margot Wallström travelled to Moscow to meet with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in their first meeting since the end of 2014 in Basel, amidst their iciest relations since the end…

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