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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a rally marking the 563rd anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul -  formerly Constantinople - in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, May 29, 2016. Erdogan has criticized the United States, Russia and Iran for their presence in Syria and said their unwillingness to depose Syrian President Bashar Assad was contributing to Syrian peoples' massacre and pain.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Mideast still needs Turkey

Turkey once was looked to, with good reason, as a model for the Middle East. It was a well-established republic, more stable and more democratic than much of the rest of that region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchange documents at the signing ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, May 8, 2015. Russian and Chinese leaders have signed a plethora of deals in Moscow, giving Russia billions in infrastructure loans. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Eurasian unity vs. zero sum

One year has passed since Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a joint statement linking the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) on May 8, 2015.

China transforming into global Rorschach test

The combination of China's growing power with its complexity -- and, indeed its inscrutability to outsiders -- seems increasingly to be transforming the country into a gigantic global Rorschach test.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak to each other at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Kerry on Thursday voiced hope that Washington and Moscow could narrow their differences on Syria and Ukraine as he sat down for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP)

Russia, the U.S. and a great power peace in Syria

The Middle East has been a source of significant security problems whose obvious manifestations are terrorism and extremism. Several factors feed this trend: the crisis of Islamic civilization arising from disagreements over cause of decline since its peak a millennium ago; the sectarianism-fueled rivalry between the three main regional actors--Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey; rising ethnic Kurdish nationalism, and the divergent views of current and rising global powers regarding the region's future, and in turn their backing of rival regional powers.

** FILE ** Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States. (Associated Press)

Russian ambassador sees U.S. ties at post-Cold War low

- The Washington Times

Russia's top diplomat in the U.S. said in a briefing with reporters Monday that relations between Washington and Moscow are in "a deplorably difficult state" and have fallen in recent years to their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.

People walk past an exchange office screen showing the currency exchange rates of the Russian ruble, U.S. dollar and euro in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. The Russian ruble has hit another historic low against the dollar as oil prices continue to slide due to a surplus of crude oil on world markets. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia-U.S. mutual investments have a future

The argument that Russia-U.S. trade and economic relations have no solid foundation has long since become commonplace. However, such statements are far from reality. Our business cooperation still has a certain base, since for many years we've been a major importer of US grain and poultry, and these factors have always weighed in on our political relations.

People walk past an exchange office screen showing the currency exchange rates of the Russian ruble, U.S. dollar and euro in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. The Russian ruble has hit another historic low against the dollar as oil prices continue to slide due to a surplus of crude oil on world markets. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Doing business in today's Russian economy

Why are international companies still doing business in Russia? Moscow's economic headlines have been downbeat for a year and a half, as the country has been hit by falling oil prices, Ukraine-related sanctions and currency devaluation. Moreover, Russia has long been reputed to be a challenging place to do business.

Secretary of State John Kerry discusses U.S. policy toward the Middle East, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

Meeting Russia's new nuclear challenge

Even as the Obama administration continues to ponder just how it might respond to the turn of events in Syria in light of Russia's ongoing intervention there, it has studiously avoided addressing a second, far more significant challenge that Russia is posing to the West, that of its nuclear weapons posture.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov listen as Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A starting point for cooperation: Nuclear early warning systems

The aggravation in relations between Russia and the United States weakens the capability of both to confront real, not putative threats. Unfortunately, when observing the development of the situation, one can hardly exclude that the spirit of the Cold War may again set to prevail for quite a long time.

Pope Francis is greeted by the faithful during his visit to the Banado Norte neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Pope Francis began the last day of a weeklong South American tour with a stop to the Asuncion slum that borders the Paraguay river that frequently floods it and makes its dirt roads impassable pools of mud. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

Pope Francis burnishes credentials on South America tour

- Associated Press

On his weeklong swing through South America, Pope Francis burnished his credentials as a new kind of pontiff, issuing a searing apology to indigenous people for church crimes more than a half millennium old and even making a pit stop at a Burger King to change clothes and freshen up before celebrating Mass.

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2013 file photo U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, talk during a photo opportunity at the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. Tehran may have a new ally on Tuesday when Iran nuclear talks reconvene _ the Ukraine crisis. U.S.-Russian tensions over Ukraine could fray the search for consensus on what Iran needs to do to ease fears it could make atomic arms. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool, File)

Can threat of terrorism mend Russia-U.S. rift?

The situation in the Middle East is unstable and unpredictable. And one of the dominant trends is the ongoing offensive by radical Islamic and terrorist groups, which are a danger to both Russia and the United States.

Amateur actors re-enact the link-up of Soviet and American troops during the 70th anniversary of the Elbe Day in Torgau, eastern Germany, Saturday, April 25, 2015. The WW II link-up of US and Soviet Forces occurred here at the river Elbe on April 25, 1945. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Russia and the U.S. 70 years after Allied victory in WWII

On July 28, 1943, in one of his famous fireside chats, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt told his fellow citizens: "The world has never seen greater devotion, determination and self-sacrifice than have been displayed by the Russian people and their armies this country of ours should always be glad to be a good neighbor and a sincere friend in the world of the future."

Amateur actors put their hands together during re-enacting the link-up of Soviet and American troops at the 70th anniversary of the Elbe Day in Torgau, eastern Germany, Saturday, April 25, 2015. The WW II link-up of US and Soviet Forces occurred here at the river Elbe on April 25, 1945. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Missed opportunity to honor World War II veterans

Some things should rise above even the calculations of diplomacy, not just in Washington but on the world stage too. And the 70th celebration of the end of World War II — perhaps the last major anniversary to be celebrated honoring the "Greatest Generation" while it is still on this earth decades it fought in the epic conflict — is one of them.

Fidel Castro, 1962. Associated Press photograph

Reminding Obama about Cuba's history

Does anyone remember what it was that turned America hostile toward the tropical paradise of Cuba? Our president tells us that "we're caught in a time warp, going back to the 1950s and gunboat diplomacy, and 'Yanquis' and the Cold War." Yes, really, "gunboat diplomacy." That is how University of Chicago adjunct law professors talk about American foreign policy. And he adds, "Sometimes those controversies date back to before I was born." So, what got America so riled up over the Castro brothers and Cuban communists even before Barack Obama was born?