Europe and Eurasia
Russian gas giant Gazprom faces a number of significant challenges from external factors and its own poor decisions.
The Ukraine crisis leaves Moldova vulnerable to a Crimea-style Russian intervention into Transnistria.
Alternative analysis suggests how European quest for energy security and economic growth might be mutually beneficial.
Western leaders are still searching for an effective response to Russian subversion in Europe.
Merkel is the only credible Western leader that Putin still trusts.