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.
The past year in global politics offered plenty of fodder for conspiracy theorists.
Today is the moment for Russia and NATO to end seeing each other through the Cold War prism
July is a quiet time in international politics, which gives us a chance to tally the results of the most recent season in Russian foreign policy.
On June 25, 1991, Slovenia and Croatia, two republics of the former Yugoslavia, declared independence.
The fallout from the turbulent events of the winter and spring of 2011 is gradually subsiding.
This week’s meeting of the NATO-Russia Council draws a line under an interesting and revealing discussion on joint missile defense.
The 2012 guessing game about the future of the so-called tandem of Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin is beginning to dominate the political debate in Russia.
The Georgian parliament has voted to recognize the 1864 genocide against the Circassian people in the Russian Empire.
It is still unclear whether the sensational story of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged sexual assault of a maid at New York's Sofitel hotel is more of a tragedy or a farce, but it is bound to have repercussions.
Russian-Pakistani relations, historically somewhat frosty, have recently improved.
The Euronews TV channel quoted a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars standing in a crowd outside the White House on Monday.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon addressed an enlarged meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s Permanent Council at its Moscow headquarters on April 22. Analysts view this as an important milestone.
The unrest in the Middle East and North Africa has not stopped, but the feeling of sensational novelty it created in winter is fading.
Questions of history prompt heated debate and stir powerful emotions in Russia, as in all post-Communist countries.
The vote in the UN Security Council that sanctioned military intervention in Libya may have serious consequences for European politics.
For all the obvious differences between the three presidents of the Russian Federation and despite the upheavals experienced by the country over the 20 years of its existence, the goals that Moscow set for itself during this period have changed much less than one might think. The Kremlin, under each of the presidents, has always sought to restore Russia’s role as a leading player in the international arena.
It makes almost no sense to try to publish an analytical journal on international politics in today’s world that would not be removed from current events, but follow them.
The bombing of Libya has already had unexpected consequences: an unprecedented split between Russia’s ruling tandem.
Global politics seems to have been going slightly mad for quite a while now, but the past few months have seen this outbreak rise to critical levels.
Vice President Joe Biden, the second most senior U.S. politician, and a man deeply involved in the country’s Russia policy, is in Moscow on a two day visit.
The world’s view of Ukraine has changed dramatically since Viktor Yanukovych was elected president.
The revolutionary fervor that has gripped the Middle East has not yet spread to the relatively stable former Soviet republics of Central Asia.
If we look at the issue of the Russian-Japanese territorial disput through the prism of global processes, this conflict may also tell us something about the world at large.
Our relations are probably at their lowest point since the fall of the Soviet Union.
International terrorism was at the forefront of global politics in the first decade of this young century. The concept is actually relatively new.
In the coming months, the world will look on as Tunisia embarks on an interesting experiment. Can an Arab country make a smooth transition from authoritarian rule to a more open political system without skidding off into Islamic extremism?
Lukashenko’s policy is a very precise balancing act. Neither the West nor the East has any confidence in him left.
The world is preparing for the worst in the next decade, and indeed the next few years promise to be rocky.
The past year and a half has witnessed a transition from deep crisis to a functional U.S.-Russian dialogue, and now both sides need a new forward-looking policy.
Ten years ago, when the 1990s were coming to an end, many politicians were making plans for the future, trying to predict what the world would be like in 10 years.
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.