№ 2 April/June 2003
  • How Do Russians View Cooperation with Europe?

    The Russian people have a positive attitude toward Europe and welcome the development of close relations with the EU, recent public opinion polls indicate. However, many Russians believe that Russia is not, strictly speaking, a European country; others perceive Europe’s desire to cooperate with Russia as a result of its dependence on Russian natural resources.

  • The Dangers of Restructuring Economies with ’Cheap Money’

    Following the collapse of Communism, Central and East European nations and the countries of the former Soviet Union became a kind of proving ground for international aid efforts. The lessons of the 1990s have produced new evidence confirming that ‘cheap money’ allocated by developed nations and international financial institutions is inefficient.

  • A Second Life for the Baath Party

    Baghdad and Damascus were ruled by one political force for many decades – the pan-Arabic Socialist Baath party. If Washington does not renounce its planned campaign to instigate the process of democratic change in the Middle East by force, Syria may be its next target.

  • Political Duty of Bringing Russia Back to the European Fold

    Russia and the EU are facing many problems, both global and regional, which they can solve only by pooling together their efforts. However, the political dialog between Moscow and Brussels has been remarkably empty, considering that the solution to these vexing problems is vital to both parties.

  • From Utopia to Reality

    The EU’s political statements that it welcomes rapprochement with Russia are made amidst the toughening of visa restrictions for Russian citizens wishing to visit Europe, together with the construction of a “Schengen Wall” which threatens to replace the Berlin Wall. Only through the easing of travel regulations will Europe demonstrate that Russia is really a welcome partner on the continent.

  • Russia’s Choice Should Provide for Liberty of Action

    While negotiating with the EU for a common economic area, Moscow must realize that it will have to waive part of its political independence in exchange for the benefits of a common market.

  • Russia’s Chances for a Robust Economy

    Russia is now on the threshold of challenging changes. No other country has yet made such energetic strides in initiating a program of modernization in this global, post-industrial period of development. Russia’s chances for success will depend on how fast it will be able to eradicate the stubborn socialist features of its economy.

  • The Chances and Challenges of the New World

    The 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg provides a historic opportunity for reviewing the record of Russia’s interaction with Europe and the rest of the world. Mapping out approaches to the future is definitely impossible without specific knowledge of the past; it is no less essential that we hold realistic assessments of the world we are now living in

  • Looking Into the Future

    Russia and Europe are now economically more dependent upon each other than ever before. For the first time, energy imports have become very vital for the European economy, and this importance will continue growing in the future. Russia, the main supplier of energy resources to the EU, is no less dependent on Europe

  • Restoring G-8 Leadership of the World Economy

    The G-8, a club of the world economic leaders, must restore its key role in addressing global problems, which has diminished in recent years. This suggestion is made in recommendations for the Evian summit in June 2003, prepared by a group of leading experts, among them Fred Bergsten, Leon Brittan, Paul Volcker, Henry Kissinger, Thierry de Montbrial, and Renato Ruggiero.

  • Intelligence in National Security Policy

    The September 11, 2001 “megaterror” act in the United States was the greatest setback of the U.S. state security bodies, and a horrible lesson for the entire world. In the age of international terrorism, the role of intelligence services and their responsibilities to citizens are rapidly increasing. State leaders must pay due attention to the importance of intelligence.

  • Two Scenarios for North Korea

    Should North Korea remain a sovereign state, gradually transforming itself into a regime that would be more acceptable to the world, or is the elimination of the “state of Juche” the only way to solve the North Korea crisis? This is the key question in the present stand-off on the Korean peninsula.

  • Europe – United Yet Divisible

    Discussions about whether or not Russia is a full-fledged part of Europe have been proceeding for centuries. Today, the Old World is closer to an actual unification than never before, and the issue of Russia’s place in it has acquired particular significance.

  • Iran: What’s in Store?

    The pressure being exerted by the U.S. administration on Iran, which has been included as a member of the ‘axis of evil,’ serves to provoke the consolidation of the conservative positions in that country. Furthermore, it may encourage Iran to begin the development of nuclear weapons as a deterrent to Washington. This was the conclusion of the political scientists in attendance at a workshop, sponsored by Russia in Global Affairs, and chaired by highly-acclaimed Academician Yevgeny Primakov.

  • The Voice of Europe Must Be Heeded

    Russia has supported France and Germany in their outspoken opposition to the Iraqi campaign. This is a significant development which gives positive direction to Russia’s further cooperation with Europe in international affairs. Now efforts must be made to empower the EU to speak as one voice on the international stage.

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A Cold War: A Forecast for Tomorrow

Nuclear deterrence is the only reason why the world did not plunge into a nuclear conflict during the Cold War and is not sliding down that path now as we are living through a new Cold War which is even worse than the previous one.

Editor's column

Atlantic Drift: Russia and the U.S.-Europe Divide

Relations between Russia, Europe, and the United States are in flux as none is able or wants to maintain what it once had. An attempt to revive the Cold War paradigm has failed, and a new framework of relations has not formed. This state of uncertainty will most likely endure until each player achieves a measure of domestic stability.

Glocalization: When Globalization Goes Local

Complexity and diversity make the world more stable. A global world with identical political, economic, and any other elements could have more, not less conflict. Globality is getting localized, and locality can be globalized, too. These two trends do not contradict each other: on the contrary, their synthesis is a source of stability.

What Went Wrong with Eurasian Integration and How to Fix It

Current EU developments are an incentive for studying EU experience and reflecting on how to avoid their mistakes. All the more so now that other integration unions, particularly the Eurasian Economic Union, which is most important to Russia, are not making big strides.

Whose Liberal International Order?

The Remaking of Eurasia and the Shifting Balance of International Ideas.

The New Northern Policy and Korean-Russian Cooperation

While the North Korea crisis hangs over regional and global peace, the world calls out to constructive and peaceful cooperation that can halt the ‘conflict spiral’. The Russian-Korean cooperation and Eurasian integration may become a remedy for the problem.

EU-Russia Relations: Quo Vadis? Muddling, Normalization, or Deterioration

The Ukraine crisis became a major driver of the centrifugal relationship between Russia and the European Union, but it was not the starting point.

The Soviet Roots of Meddling in U.S. Politics

The release on January 6 of an unclassified version of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s report describing efforts by Russian security services to influence last year’s U.S. presidential campaign in favor of Donald Trump evoked a sense of deja vu.