• Kremlin fights for relevance in Central Europe

    Despite being the main supplier of energy to Central Europe, Russia's political influence in the region is fast diminishing. Peter Trescak analyses the post-Soviet state's soft and hard techniques to maintain its grasp on the region and whether it will succeed.
  • Turkish poll will affect PKK peace process

    If the ruling AKP performs well in Turkey's 7 June election, constitutional changes could pave the way for the president to assume executive power. Ege Seçkin examines three potential outcomes and what these would mean for the peace process with the PKK.
  • Syrian president pressured as conflict persists

    Syria's conflict shows no sign of ending while the country continues to host the many external actors active on the battlefield. Nicholas Blanford assesses the government's stability and whether the tide has turned against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
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  • Type 79/85 7.62 mm self-loading sniper rifles

    Development The Type 79 self-loading sniper rifle is a direct copy of the Russian SVD Dragunov. A later variant, the Type 85 appears indistinguishable from the earlier Type 79 and the former is thought to have only minor cosmetic component changes to ease production. Description Both models of