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Vassily Kashin

Vassily Kashin is Senior Research Fellow, the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics;  Senior Researcher, the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

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New ideological struggle?

The disintegration of the Soviet Union created a decade-long illusion that the era of ideologies and ideological struggle was over and the world was moving towards a single system of values based on Western liberal democracy and capitalism. Europe and America fascinated the world with their freedom and winning political system...

Editor's column

Putin's Foreign Policy

The era of bipolar confrontation ended a long time ago. But the unipolar moment of U.S. dominance that began in 1991 is gone, too. A new, multipolar world has brought more uncertainty into international affairs.


Yes, the U.S. and Russia can cooperate to end the Syrian civil war. Here’s why.

They agree on key points. And no one wants to see the region in chaos or run by the Islamic State.

German Paradox: How the Refugee Crisis Makes Merkel Stronger

Merkel’s EU critics come to realize that any kind of “war” on Merkel can end up very badly for the European Union.

Russia-Turkey Relations and Security Issues in the Caucasus

Last year’s incident with the Russian Su-24 jet instantly changed the very nature of Russia-Turkey relations. What used to be viewed by the leaders of the two countries as a strategic partnership was replaced with harsh confrontation.

The Iranian Deal: Opportunities and Obstacles for Russian-US Cooperation

On July 14, 2015, the United States, Russia, China, France, UK, Germany, the European Union and Iran concluded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the “Iran deal,” with the goal of ending the standoff over the Iranian nuclear program.

U.S.-Russia Nuclear Lab-to-Lab Cooperation: Looking Back on a Quarter Century of Constructive Relations

With the latest protracted nosedive in U.S.-Russia relations, when areas of cooperation have continued to shrink, it is beneficial to reflect on historically constructive joint endeavors, such as the cooperation between the two countries’ nuclear weapon laboratories (“lab-to-lab cooperation”).

Will Europe Blink First on Ukraine?

Since July 2014, when Malaysian Airlines MH17 was shot down over the Donbas, the European Union has demonstrated an unprecedented level of solidarity with Ukraine that extends far beyond macroeconomic and technical assistance.