The 11/5/21 dispatch.

Happy Friday! Hope everyone has had a great week. Ian Kelly had a great piece in The Atlantic about how the West and NATO have allowed Russia to expand its influence beyond its borders in three key neighboring states. “Russia is now in the driver’s seat as never before. It has troops on the ground in all three Caucasus countries—two with the consent of the host (Armenia and Azerbaijan), and one without (Georgia). Moscow is also pushing a new multilateral mechanism for the region, called the “

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