Dmitriy Frolovskiy


Moscow, Russia

Dmitriy Frolovskiy

Professional writer and consultant.


Russia’s people diplomacy in the Middle East

Russia’s military involvement in Syria marks its new pivotal role that is secured by hard power; however, its soft power is lagging behind. The latest Zogby Research Services survey highlighted that the majority of Arabs hold Russian support for Syrian President Bashar Assad to be a key factor for the conflict’s escalation.
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What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for U.S.-Russia Relations

A year ago barely anyone considered Donald Trump’s presidential race seriously, but today the Republican front runner has real chances to become the 45th President of the United States. Despite sweeping scandals and controversies surrounding his candidacy, as a President Trump might choose to abandon his eccentric behavior and introduce unconventional perspectives to U.S. foreign policy (according to his statements).
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Серый кардинал Ближнего Востока. Как маленький Катар покорил большой регион

Катар успешно создал себе репутацию идеального исламского государства, подавая свой образ жизни и государственного устройства в качестве образца для всего Ближнего Востока. Большинство жителей региона видят в Дохе богатый и нейтральный уголок исламского мира, но лишь немногие осознают истинные масштабы катарского влияния на развитие Ближнего Востока.
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Russia's Recession: A Blessing in Disguise for Post-Olympics Sochi

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Russia's Innovation Facade

Russia’s state-controlled push for innovation is widely discussed, but has had little real impact. Walking across the Skolkovo village, a major innovation hub near Moscow, gives the impression of being at the midst of Russia’s booming innovation culture. The Russian Silicon Valley, as called by then-President Dmitry Medvedev in 2010, hosts a futuristic and expensive state-of-the-art business school campus with its design inspired by paintings of “Suprematism” by avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich.
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Kazakhstan's China Choice

Most of the routes from China to Europe pass via Kazakhstan’s vast landmass, located strategically on the crossroads between Europe and Asia. As China is expanding its economic outreach to Europe, the government in Astana wants to benefit beyond transit fees as it is trying to break away from oil dependence.
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Amid Russian Downturn, Kyrgyzstan Turns to China

Bishkek is heavily dependent on workers’ remittances and trade with Moscow. That dependence is currently perpetuating a local economic recession that might facilitate civil unrest and challenge political stability. In effect, Kyrgyzstan has to look increasingly toward China as a major power to secure its economic growth amidst Russia’s downturn.
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Russia's Plan for Afghanistan

Putin is preparing for the worst-case scenario in Afghanistan. The unforeseen rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) has revealed the vigor of transnational jihadism and the need to confront it in the early stages. Chances of repeating the Iraqi scenario in Afghanistan are high as the country could devolve into a battlefield of roughly 50,000 jihadists and 4,000 extremist groups fighting against each other.
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What's Behind Russia's Rapprochement With Pakistan?

A Russian-Pakistani renaissance started in 2014 when the Kremlin removed its arms embargo against Islamabad. In 2015, Moscow agreed to sell four Mi-35M helicopters to Pakistan and welcomed Islamabad to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). This year already, Russian Army Commander-in-Chief Oleg Salyukov has announced the first-ever “mutual special drills in mountainous terrain,” and Khawaja Asif, defense minister of Pakistan, visited Moscow to further discuss enhancing cooperation.
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Russia's Middle East policy is costing it the support of Sunnis

Russia’s support of Syria, together with its expanding relationship with Iran, could spoil Moscow’s improving relations with Sunni governments of the region. Russia’s current siding with Shia governments across the Middle East may precipitate an anti-Sunni image and induce a backlash akin to the Yom Kippur War that united Arab nations against Israel.
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As Sanctions are Lifted, Russia Eyes Trade Opportunities with Iran

As Iran’s economy is likely to become a bonanza for foreign companies in the upcoming years, Russia is preparing to secure its share. In early December, Tehran became the gathering spot for the executives of top Russian corporations seeking to extract commercial benefits, as Iran—a country of almost eighty million people and an economy worth more than $400 billion—is set to open up to the world.
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Trump and al-Sisi Set to Launch Strategic Rapprochement

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office next month, concerns about the direction of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is already looming in the air. With the Trump administration at risk of triggering tensions with traditional American allies in the region, in particular those in the Persian Gulf, there are also high expectations for a fresh start with the others.
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Dmitriy Frolovskiy

Dmitriy Frolovskiy is a political analyst and writer based in Moscow, Russia. An alumnus of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, he is a regular contributor and commentator to Carnegie Moscow Center, Al Jazeera and other. He used to live and work in Qatar until 2014 and currently resides in Moscow where consults local official and private entities on policy and strategy in the Middle East.



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