Fyodor Lukyanov is Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, and Research Director of the Valdai International Discussion Club.
What is the power of states today? What determines their might? Money, weapons, or the ability to manage information? Or is it something else?
The world is once again looking toward the Korean Peninsula with apprehension, though at this point it should be used to Pyongyang’s routine threats to wipe its enemies off the map.
BRICS is held together and pushed forward not so much by the requirements of its member-countries as by the general situation in the world.
The Cypriot crisis has highlighted two elements of relations in Europe: the very strong, mutual dependence of Russia and the EU, and also the lack of mechanisms for their normal interaction.
From Russian leadership's point of view, the Iraq War now looks like the beginning of the accelerated destruction of regional and global stability, undermining the last principles of sustainable world order.
Like almost any other outstanding leader, Hugo Chavez polarized society, and assessments of his political legacy will differ dramatically.
Russia’s much-anticipated Foreign Policy Concept has finally been released. And while the latest version does not contain anything revolutionary, it does provide insight into how Russia’s leadership sees the world.
Normalizing relations with Georgia is simple for Russia, which only has to ease entry and import restrictions and to show that it is open to cooperation.
Russia’s understanding of soft power differs radically from that of the West.
U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election in November generated hope for progress in U.S.-Russian relations. Only two months later, not a trace of that hope remains.
The only issue that seriously divides Russia and Israel is Iran and its nuclear program.
Since the events of 1933 and 1963, Europe has travelled a long road, filled with tragedy and hope.
Barack Obama will soon embark on his second term. Liberated from thoughts of re-election, second-term presidents’ thoughts often turn to their legacy.
Addressing the nation for the first time in over six months, Syrian President Bashar Assad thanked Russia for its efforts to help find a political solution to Syria's conflict.
It is a tradition, as each year draws to a close, to nominate a person of the year: someone who stands out by dint of influence, achievement, or ability to reflect important trends.
President Vladimir Putin’s first address to the Federal Assembly since his return to the presidency outlined his vision for the future of Russia.
Political power was the focus of 2012. Three of the world’s most powerful countries underwent a change in government.
The world is tired of the never-ending Syrian deadlock, so any news promising change becomes a sensation.
Putin introduced the new notion of “geopolitical demand for Russia,” which “should be multiplied rather than simply preserved.”
The gossip about Putin’s health provided new hope for frustrated opponents of the regime both in Russia and abroad.
Separatism rears its head again. Secession petitions began circulating in many US states after President Barack Obama won reelection.
China’s new ruling elite, known as the fifth generation, will have to act in a world in which their country can no longer hide in the bushes.
Twenty years ago, on November 6, 1992, newly-elected US President Bill Clinton phoned his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin.
Ukraine’s economic position has long left much to be desired, but the prospects of receiving much needed economic assistance are vague.
There are just a few days left until America chooses its next president. The debates are over, and there is unlikely to be any dramatic changes.
Five years ago, when Europe was debating whether to recognize Kosovo’s independence, Russia warned against opening a Pandora’s Box.
Nearly every detail of the Cuban missile crisis has been exhaustively studied and analyzed in the past 50 years.
The current developments in the world can best be described by the word ‘uncertainty.’
At a roundtable event in Moscow, top experts debated the “hypocritical” and “insincere” foreign policies of both Russia and the West in the post-Cold War era.
Vladimir Putin has mentioned several times that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a geopolitical mistake. Although these words were often interpreted as his desire to constitute that country, there is little reason to believe this.
The April 16 referendum will focus on power distribution rather than institution building. In other words, the organizers saw it as an opportunity to expand the President’s powers and allow him to rule longer. In their turn, Turks perceived it as an institutional choice to contribute to the development of the state.
If the larger picture defies prediction, the immediate future is scarcely more transparent. In the U.S. case, the known unknowns are numerous. They begin with the question of how much deck furniture Trump is willing to overturn in order to pursue an “America First” strategy.
In the wake of the For Fair Elections protest movement in Russia in 2011-2012, the Kremlin initiated a new strategy of state-society relations that was aimed at diminishing the propensity for protest in the next election cycle.
Belarus’ traditional structural dependence on Russia is increasing, and Minsk’s freedom of maneuver continues to shrink.