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.
“Why does Russia support dictators?” a French correspondent who has come to Moscow to find out about Russia’s stance on Syria asked me.
The presidential election is still two weeks away and the inauguration of the next president more than two months off, but we can already analyze the results of Dmitry Medvedev’s presidency.
There has been an uptick in anti-American sentiment in the Russian blogosphere recently.
Russia, the country which Putin governs, is essentially perceived in the world as a decaying power.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili finally got what he couldn’t get for several years: an official visit to the White House.
In an article published early this week, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced the end of the post-Soviet era and called for something new.
Much has been written about the Arab Spring of 2011 and rightly so: no other event in world politics had such wide-ranging effects both in the region and far beyond.
Russia and USA have exhausted the positive agenda and the election-related political fervor in both countries will only emphasize areas of dissonance.
It is not our practice to publish special issues devoted to one topic. This time, however, we have made an exception.
Currently the European scene is dominated by bureaucrats. But one thing is clear – any future leader will inevitably run into conflict that is tougher in some ways than in the final days of the communist era.
The context of Russia-EU relations is changing. Before Russia was seen as the unpredictable party but now the Europeans are catching up in this respect.
The collapse of the Soviet Union will remain in the center of public debate until it is replaced by a more meaningful subject.
President Dmitry Medvedev made a remarkable statement during a speech to military officers in southern Russia early this week.
The interests of Russia and the European countries are so closely intertwined that they will not part ways even if their leaders fail to hit it off on the personal level.
Discussions about the global political shift of Russia from the West to the East are gradually acquiring a more practical dimension in the energy sphere.
Russia may join the World Trade Organization this year, bringing to a close an 18 year accession process.
NATO is winding down its Libyan campaign, declaring it the latest triumph of good over evil.
The dramatic endgame has begun in Ukraine. As the Russian and Ukrainian presidents were meeting in Donetsk, the EU withdrew its invitation to Viktor Yanukovych to visit Brussels.
The summit of the Eastern Partnership that took place last week in Warsaw, Poland, turned into a bombastic event, complete with the ceremonial exchange of solemn words.
The 20th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s disintegration has reinvigorated public debates over the Soviet legacy.
The summer of 2011 gave no break to global politics.
The Lisbon Treaty, which marked a new level of integration in the European Union, entered into force less than two years ago.
The 9/11 tragedy was an opportunity for Russia and the United States to significantly improve relations. But was there ever such an opportunity?
If Beijing decides to disengage from the global economy in deed, not in word as it did after the 2008-2009 crisis, this will result in a fundamental change in the world order.
Any foreign trip by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il arouses a great deal of interest, as he practically never leaves his country.
The role the West played in the collapse of the Soviet Union remains a subject of debate.
A monument to the characters of the popular comedy Running After Two Hares, which was made in Ukraine at a film studio in Kiev 50 years ago has been unveiled in the Ukrainian capital.
The tragic events in Europe can be compared to those in the United States. There is a growing gap between the elite and the electorate whose sense of stability has been profoundly shaken.
Western domination in global politics and the global economy has prompted many questions, but there is still no organized opposition to it.
Russia has made a concerted effort since the fall of 2010 to break the stalemate in Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.
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.
Contemporary international relations are experiencing a period of turbulence and transition from a unipolar world to a world with multiple centers of power with strengthened role of regionalization. In these circumstances relatively small states try to maximize the resource of geopolitical identity to conduct their foreign policies.
In the old days coal miners took a caged canary down into mines. If the canary suddenly dropped dead, that meant that the deadly gas, carbon monoxide, was slowly seeping into the shaft... An order of magnitude increase in killing rampages in America over the last several decades is like canaries suddenly starting to drop dead all around us. It is an early indicator of much worse troubles to come.
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.