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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

Why Putin’s Policy in Syria Has Laid the Groundwork for a Political Settlement

President Putin's decision to start pulling Russian troops out of Syria made headlines around the world this week. But if one recalls official statements at the start of the operation and after it was in full force, the decision was to be expected.


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.

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.

The Middle East: the main trends

The Valdai Discussion Club hosted the 5th meeting of the Valdai Middle East dialogue, «The Middle East: From Violence to Security.» The following is a summary of the discussions and conclusions reached by its participants.

What Russia's Military Operation in Syria Can Tell Us About Advances in its Capabilities

As Russia begins to wind down its military operation in Syria, it is time to assess what it has taught us about how the Russian military operates.

Can Russia’s Peace Plan for Syria Work?

When it comes to Russia’s geopolitics, the international community has a lot to grumble about.