Russia in Global Affairs Most influental russian analytical journal, devoted to foreign affairs and international economy, trade, culture and security issues /media/images/small_rus.gif Russia in Global Affairs The West’s Decadent Foreign Policy The West is increasingly reluctant to allow its vision of civil liberties and human rights to shape foreign policy, often owing to the potential commercial costs. Such foreign-policy decadence threatens to undermine the West's claim to be a community of values – and the EU's claim to be more than a glorified customs union. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:12:00 +0300 Russian-Chinese Exercises in the Baltic As an Element of a Changing World On July 20th, the five day naval exercises between China and Russia were officially kicked off in the Baltic Sea. It seems that this has made restless the Western media. Even if it does not mean that "the specter of communism is wandering around Europe," at least one sentence is added: "This is another manifestation of the new authoritarian coalition." Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:13:00 +0300 Three Paths for Iran after Khamenei The age and deteriorating health of Ayatollah Khamenei breed speculation about the future of Iran after the passing of the Supreme Leader. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:53:00 +0300 A Tranquilizer With a Scent of Gunpowder. The Balance between Russian and NATO Forces in Eastern Europe after 2014 The serious decline in Russia’s relations with the West has breathed a new life into NATO, which returned to its traditional role, the containment of Russia. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:13:00 +0300 AQIS & ISIS approaches in India Since its inception back in 2014, the terrorist group known as “al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent,” or AQIS for short, has been attempting to generate a strong support base in India. However, it has so far not been able to manage a significant foothold amongst the Muslim population in the country. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:58:00 +0300 Whatever Happened to the Refugee Crisis? It is not unusual, given the daily pressure of “breaking news”, for a story to feature in the headlines one day, only to disappear without trace the next. One of the justified complaints about modern journalism is the way news is reported first without context, and then without follow-up. Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:35:00 +0300 Incessant scandals threaten US-Russia progress on Syria No sooner had Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump had their first face-to-face encounter, July 7 at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, than a new Russia-themed scandal engulfed Washington. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:30:00 +0300 Trump’s Visit to France Marks Reversal in Trump’s ‘Isolation’ French President Emmanuel Macron will not attempt to pressure US President Donald Trump into any difficult situation, as his goal is to make the best of a difficult situation. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:17:00 +0300 Russian–Saudi Relations Entering New Phase One indication of the level of relations between the two countries are the ongoing preparations for the Saudi monarch’s upcoming visit to Russia, his first ever. Normally King Salman, 81, only graces the closest allies and most important partners with his presence. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:04:00 +0300 G20 in Hamburg: Positive or Negative? Expert Discussion The Valdai Discussion Club held an expert discussion dedicated to the results of the Hamburg G20 summit, which took place over the weekend. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:30:00 +0300 Trump’s Foreign Policy Is ‘Buy American’ — Become An Ally By Becoming A Client The rest, including political initiatives and even military force, seem for Trump to serve only as means to achieve commercial ends. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:55:00 +0300 How Donald Trump Redefined ‘the West’ In his Warsaw speech, the president tried to balance nationalism and postwar liberalism. Instead he combined them into an unholy hodgepodge. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:06:00 +0300 A Cyber Revolt in the Making Regular news reports on cyberattacks, information leaks, hacking and their political consequences have been dominating the headlines. Cyberspace turned out to be an efficient means to bring people together and to exert their will, which governments have to reckon with. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:13:00 +0300 North Korea and the Limits of Trump’s and America’s Power Not for the first time in the past century, Korea is the most dangerous place on Earth. Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons and missile program is making seemingly rapid progress. The July 4 test demonstrated that North Korea is getting closer to building a missile that can deliver a nuclear warhead or chemical weapons to the continental United States. Even though North Korea is not yet capable of such an attack, it almost certainly will be within the next ten years. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:25:00 +0300 First Putin-Trump Meeting: The Exploration of a Compartmentalised Relationship After very anticipated first Russian and US presidents' meeting both sides used this opportunity to underline the importance of Moscow-Washington relationship and direct contacts between two presidents, in particular. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:56:00 +0300 Trump-Putin meeting: Much ado about nothing The American political environment will not allow the administration to go easy on Russia. Fri, 07 Jul 2017 15:38:00 +0300 Without ‘Deliverables,’ Putin-Trump Meeting Unlikely To Be Productive Ahead of the first meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Fri, 07 Jul 2017 08:11:00 +0300 On the Cheap and for the Elite: Great Power as the New Legitimacy Putin's third term has been almost entirely consumed by a foreign agenda with only residual attention to domestic issues. Fri, 07 Jul 2017 07:49:00 +0300 Why Stalin’s popularity doesn’t have to be as terrifying as it seems Stalin's increasing popularity in Russia is worrying, but its importance should not be exaggerated. Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:36:00 +0300 China and Russia: Good Neibours, Good Partners Compared with the ups and downs in relations between many big powers in recent years, the continuous, stable and effective promotion of Sino - Russian relations has shown a great contrast. Wed, 05 Jul 2017 09:59:00 +0300 Managing Geo-Political Change: Attending to the Architecture President Trump reportedly likes to delegate authority. He also likes to make his ‘team leaders’ vie with each other, competitively. It has worked well for him in his real-estate business, Trump often says... Tue, 04 Jul 2017 15:32:00 +0300 Trumpery and Knavery: Looking for the Virtuous Donald J. Trump is an outsider to the political establishment, having never served in an elected of?ce before his unexpected victory in November 2016. His populist insurgency is grounded in his long experience as a maverick business tycoon. Mon, 03 Jul 2017 11:54:00 +0300 Breaking the U.S.-Russia Impasse: Keeping the Door Open to Dialogue The relations between the United States and the Russian Federation have been deteriorating at a rapid pace. Each nation has been accused of interfering in the domestic elections of the other, making it increasingly difficult for the respective administrations of these states to work cohesively to solve critical problems between the two states. Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:06:00 +0300 Russia Will Not Lose from the Denunciation of the INF Treaty Recently the American journal Politico, referring to some congressmen, reported on the proposal to the US administration from the Congress about possible withdrawal from the INF treaty, signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:06:00 +0300 Russia and NATO: A Paradoxical Crisis The Euro-Atlantic security system is a highly complex equation with many unknowns. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:46:00 +0300 Should Moscow put a brake on rapprochement with Washington? Three areas of cooperation with Russia outlined in a leaked U.S. State Department document might suffice initially for an amelioration of the currently dismal bilateral relationship. Yet, doubts persist that the Trump administration has enough dry powder to get a modest “reset” kick-started. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:13:00 +0300 On the “Special” Nature of the Russia–Cyprus Relationship Most Greek Cypriots bestow gratitude on Moscow, for its prolonged, consistent, and multi-layered protection of their Republic, through diplomatic, political, economic and “psychological” support. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:25:00 +0300 Russia-China: An Alliance for Peace or War? Will the union between China and Russia help strategic stability? Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:52:00 +0300 Is Atlanticism Fracturing? Is the sun slowly setting on America’s transatlantic imperium? Donald Trump ascended to the presidency on the basis of an “America First” project of protectionism, cooperation with Russia, and the rejection of NATO as “obsolete...” Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:45:00 +0300 The Mechanics of BRICS+: A Tentative Blueprint The current global setting characterized by waning integration and liberalization impulses in the developed world presents a possibility and a need for a renewed impetus towards economic integration in the world economy. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:38:00 +0300 Qatar Сrisis: What’s Next? Middle East, espicially its Arab part, does not cease to surprise the rest of the world that would hardly be shocked after the turbulent Arab spring and recent political events in the US and Europe. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:11:00 +0300 The Future is Not What It Used to Be By most normal criteria Theresa May and the Conservative Party had a stunning victory in the recent British General Election. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:51:00 +0300 The British Election: Likely Chaos in the Conservative Party It is too early to absorb the results of the June 8 parliamentary elections, there will be much discussion of what has happened and what it represents for the future of British politics. But the essence is that the United Kingdom have a hung parliament, and therefore the possibility of another election before too long. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 17:02:00 +0300 The United States as a Republic of Curved Mirrors: What is Russia to Do? The morbid situation involving a political and information war that developed in the United States this winter, where the traditional establishment seeks to weaken or completely remove the incumbent president from office, portraying Trump and his retinue as Russian puppets and traitors, continues to worsen. Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:34:00 +0300 Terrorist Attacks in Tehran: Iran Ceases to Be the Most Stable Country in the Middle East Terrorist attacks in the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum took place as importance and prestige of the country in the international arena was growing, Valdai club expert Elena Dunaeva says. Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:15:00 +0300 Japanese Yen Meets Russian Gas in the Far East Currency issue is a political issue as much as it is an economic one, therefore political leadership is needed. Much depends on whether Japan can cooperate with Russia as the U.S. did with Saudi Arabia. Japan would be a stable buyer of natural gas and a stable provider of capital for Russia. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:52:00 +0300 Bridging the Dividing Lines in Greater Eurasia The EU could find a partner in China, which is pushing its New Silk Road initiative to include Central Asian states, Russia, and Eastern European states. This would connect the EU and the EEU in a new broader framework “from Lisbon to Shanghai,” stimulate inter-regional cooperation, and lead to greater prosperity across the whole of Eurasia. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:43:00 +0300 Back to Order? The Syrian experience may prove to be a model for a new approach to the organization of the army. In the Middle East, this institution continues to play not only a military but also a political role as a state-forming element of the political system. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:16:00 +0300 In Stability We Trust? The wish to make stability the paramount value possibly saves society in a situation of uncertainty, but it does not guarantee an extraordinary result for one and all. Sooner or later there emerges demand for new ideas: those of development, innovation, patriotism, tradition, social responsibility, justice and the like. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:28:00 +0300 Asian Values as a Road to Progress The uniqueness of the Far Eastern mobilization breakthrough is largely based on the traditional Confucian legacy, which, effectively applied, have helped Asian countries boost their status in the changing world order. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:49:00 +0300 Cluster of Civilizations Our oikumene will have to be recognized as multi-civilizational if a more balanced and multi-polar world is the ultimate goal. It is this kind of approach that is capable of making civilizational dialogue conflict free and mutually enriching. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:38:00 +0300 Between Populists and Conservatives Russia’s soft power should develop a broad and long-term narrative, capable of giving constructive answers to challenges facing Russian and Western societies. Berdyaev’s model of liberal conservatism can serve as the basis for an alternative discourse. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:27:00 +0300 Towards a New Strategy of Civilizational Concentration Once it has consolidated its civilizational subjectivity, Russia will be able to go back to playing an active role in world affairs. This rebound will not be a return to the principles of (neo)-Soviet or superpower globalism. Rather, it will proceed from a new understanding of the country’s international role. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:18:00 +0300 “Island Russia” and Russia’s Identity Politics According to the strategy of “civilizational realism,” Russia and the Euro-Atlantic region would be recognized as separate civilizations, with their own gravitation orbits. Russia’s orbit would be much more modest, but still real. In this sense, the “Russian world” would no longer have a narrow ethnic interpretation. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:57:00 +0300 Without Partnership The anticipated transition of the U.S. Republican administration towards bilateral free trade area agreements may become an even more effective strategy for geoeconomic consolidation of Asian allies around Washington. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:49:00 +0300 Beyond the Bounds of Possibility The correction made by American voters means that over a certain period of time the world will see the emergence of more places free from American dominance. Russia should think hard about how it will fill in its part of the emerging vacuum. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:33:00 +0300 Time to Stop Fighting Phantom Pains Russia has stopped trying to turn itself into Europe, a goal Russian politicians and philosophers have been advocating for 300 years. Russia now has a more cautious attitude to long-term political and military involvement outside the national borders, and maintains a selective presence in regions of priority importance. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:16:00 +0300 Into the Unknown Russian and U.S. leaders have choices of far greater portent than either appears to realize. Narrow preoccupations, occluded politics, and the ascendance of small-minded thinking on both sides at all levels may be inescapable. If so, the great powers will again sleepwalk through defining moments of history—and pay a price. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:03:00 +0300 Taking a New Look at Nuclear Peace A new Concert of Nations could be more stable than the previous one if it is based not only on moral principles and the balance of power, but also on mutual nuclear deterrence. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:55:00 +0300 A Superpower on Autopilot and a Haunting Specter A specter is haunting the world, a specter of something new which no one can comprehend at this point. It has been a long time since the world faced a situation of such all-pervading uncertainty, when no one can clearly determine even the nature of ongoing changes. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:42:00 +0300 Qatar and Saudi Arabia: The Final Breakup or Will America Help? On June 5, 2017, six Arab countries - Yemen, Libya, Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia - announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Qatar. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:10:00 +0300 USA and NATO: Who Needs Who? Speaking about the U.S.–NATO relations, one must take into account that no political initiatives can fundamentally change their basis, namely, ensuring security of European states. However, Washington and its allies in the Alliance may disagree on the kinds of threats and the extent of security measures needed. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:09:00 +0300 Turkey and Russia, Erdogan and Putin By the summer of 2016, it had become relatively commonplace in Western policy circles to wonder if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was following in the footsteps of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and, if so, how far down that path he would take Turkey. Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:16:00 +0300 The Need to Massage Egos: Status Politics as a Crucial Element of US-Russia Relations Despite multiple official declarations of non-adversarial intentions issued by the United States and Russia over the past quarter-century, both sides have been unable to avoid repeated bouts of conflict escalation. Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:54:00 +0300 London Attack Changes Little in UK Relations With the EU The terror attack that struck London on Saturday night, leading to seven deaths and 48 people injured, will not make much of a difference to Britain’s internal situation. Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:06:00 +0300 India-Russia: Privileged Strategic Partnership? Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi arrived in St. Petersburg on June 1 to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Leaders of the two countries will discuss steps to build up mutual trade, expand cultural and humanitarian cooperation Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:36:00 +0300 Brexit Has So Far United, Not Divided, the EU One of the arguments heard most often through the UK’s referendum campaign concerned the damaging effect that a “leave” victory could exert on the rest of the European Union. Not only would one of the largest and strongest EU countries depart, taking its influence with it, but a trend could be set that would be hard to stop. Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:15:00 +0300 A Geographical Case for the “One Belt, One Road” and the Eurasian Economic Union In the discussions held at the “One Belt – One Road” Forum in Beijing, a great deal of attention has been devoted to the significance of this mega-project for development and the connectivity across national boundaries in Eurasia. Tue, 30 May 2017 15:20:00 +0300 Russian–Chinese Dialogue: The 2017 Model This report presents the results of analysis of the state of Russia–China relations in 2016 and the first quarter of 2017. Mon, 29 May 2017 12:22:00 +0300 Russia and the G7 Summit: Much Will Depend on What Trump Wants The question of Russia's return to the G7 is not on the agenda of the summit, which will be held on May 26-27 in Taormina, Italy. Fri, 26 May 2017 15:11:00 +0300 How and Why the United States and Russia Can Cooperate on Terrorism Disagreements between Russia and the United States on how to counter violent extremism and terrorism are long-term and objective in nature. Thu, 25 May 2017 16:07:00 +0300 Strategic Solidarity: How Central Asia Responds to the Kremlin's Exhortations The Central Asian states have endeavored over the past two decades to maintain the appropriate amount of distance from the regional hegemon, Russia. Thu, 25 May 2017 14:49:00 +0300 Mogerini's Adviser: Pragmatism Becomes the Basis of EU Foreign Policy Despite the contradictions between the EU member states, they become aware that they would eventually get more from joint actions than from satisfying one hundred percent of their desires, said Nathalie Tocci, adviser to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. Thu, 25 May 2017 09:21:00 +0300 Russia and the West: How to Deal with the Threat of Extremism The threat of terrorism and extremism will undoubtedly be among the priorities on the agenda of the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels. Thu, 25 May 2017 09:06:00 +0300 Hindu Nationalism: A Reality Check for Liberalism and Globalisation The election victories of Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party in India are in some respects the greatest moral and intellectual blow that Western liberalism has suffered in Eurasia since the end of the Cold War. Tue, 23 May 2017 15:12:00 +0300 Iran voted Rouhani again – now what? The $350-billion question for Trump For a country labelled a theocracy, Iran certainly knows how to throw a presidential election. One more cynical than I may even go so far as to posit that Iran has mastered the art of democracy, right down to the posters and caps. Mon, 22 May 2017 09:54:00 +0300 Presidential Elections in Iran Will Not Affect Relations with Russia If the current President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani is defeated, we should expect significant changes in the country's domestic and foreign policies, but this will not affect relations with Russia. Mon, 22 May 2017 09:35:00 +0300 Could Trump have passed sensitive information to Russia? On Monday, May 15, many media outlets in the U.S. strong criticized President Donald Trump. This time he was accused of passing confidential information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, relating to the fight against Islamic State. The accusers themselves, however, admit that Trump has not violated any American laws. Fri, 19 May 2017 12:07:00 +0300 Russia’s Allies and the Geopolitical Frontier in Eurasia The risk of Russia’s involvement in low-intensity military conflicts has been growing since the early 2000s. Instability along many stretches of the border has forced Moscow to increase its military presence in the neighboring areas. Thu, 18 May 2017 14:18:00 +0300 Russia’s Strategic Calculus: Threat Perceptions and Military Doctrine Russian foreign policy is driven by the political elites’ search for a new basis for national self-esteem after the collapse of the Soviet Union disrupted old Soviet identities. Thu, 18 May 2017 13:03:00 +0300 Macron Will Succeed Internationally Only If He Improves France’s Economy While it is difficult to say how France’s relationship with Germany and the European Union will change as Emmanuel Macron’s cabinet is still being formed, it is clear that the new French president’s priority will be in rebalancing relations. Thu, 18 May 2017 11:36:00 +0300 It’s Not All Negative: Russian Media’s Flexible Coverage of Protest as a Regime Survival Strategy Pundits continue to debate whether economic shocks, public discontent at home, and isolation abroad will shake President Vladimir Putin’s regime. Wed, 17 May 2017 13:37:00 +0300 Central Asia and the Global International Context The fashion for Central Asia in international political and expert circles is notably weaker than what it was 10 or 15 years ago. This is due to the logic of international developments and the emergence of permanent sources of instability and tensions in other parts of the world, primarily in the Middle East. Wed, 17 May 2017 12:13:00 +0300 Russia–Japan Political Dialogue at the Highest Level: Opportunities and Perspectives The asymmetry of the views and interests of the two sides with respect to a dialogue at the highest level significantly limits both the opportunities and the visible effects of that dialogue. As we move deeper into the drawn-out Russia–Japan dialogue, expectations as to what can actually be achieved have inevitably dwindled. Wed, 17 May 2017 11:50:00 +0300 What stops Moscow and Beijing from forming a military bloc? Given the level of contacts at the military level between Russia and China, the countries already have a de facto military bloc, but there is little chance of such an alliance becoming formal. Mon, 15 May 2017 15:39:00 +0300 One Belt, One Road. Russia and China Can Solve Political Problems through Economy On May 14-15 Beijing hosted The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Russian President Vladimir Putin in his speech spoke about prospects for cooperation with Russia in the implementation of the Chinese New Silk Road economic initiative. Mon, 15 May 2017 15:30:00 +0300 Mistrust Sets Low Ceiling for Russia-China Partnership: Deconstructing the Putin-Xi Jinping Relationship No amount of propaganda can hide the fact that the Russian-Chinese partnership is not progressing well. Fri, 12 May 2017 13:19:00 +0300 Defense Through Leadership: Turkey on the Eve of Its Constitutional Referendum 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. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:18:00 +0300 Here’s Why U.S.-Russia Military Conflict Over Syria Is Looking More And More Likely To repair his abysmal approval rating, Trump is likely to further intervene in Syria, prompting a dangerous Russian response. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:32:00 +0300 Into the Unknown: U.S.-Russian Relations Unhinged 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. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:35:00 +0300 Russia, China and ‘Balance of Dependence’ in Greater Eurasia The success of a region-building project is largely contingent on constructing a ‘balance of dependence’. The Greater Europe initiative inevitably failed as the attempt to ingrate almost exclusively with Europe deprived Russia of the required bargaining power to negotiate adequate inclusion. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:56:00 +0300 Russia’s Victory, new Concert of Nations Russia was resolved and would win, which it actually did by the beginning of 2016. Threats to tear its economy to tatters and organize regime change either through asphyxiating sanctions, organizing “a conspiracy of oligarchs” or popular discontent have been forgotten. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:54:00 +0300 Don’t hold your breath for a deal between Russia and the U.S. The U.S. and Russia will most likely return to pragmatic relations after years of an ideologically-driven foreign policy under President Obama. However, both countries will probably harden their stance towards the other, and dramatic breakthroughs are unlikely. Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:58:00 +0300 Azerbaijan’s Geopolitical Identity in the Context of the 21st Century Challenges and Prospects 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. Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:57:00 +0300 Canaries in a Coal Mine. Why the United States is Experiencing an Epidemic of Indiscriminate Mass Murder 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. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:41:00 +0300 Mutual Assured Deterrence The degradation of governance within the international system is a hot topic nowadays – and for good reason. The underpinnings of the rules-based world order are crumbling, and basic norms of international behavior and decency are in decay. By almost any definition, we seem to be living in a dangerous – even prewar – type of world. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:39:00 +0300 Uncertain World Economy: Time to Manage the Global Governance The world economy enters a new phase of prolonged recession without any breakthrough in sight. International community seems no longer capable of creating new global initiatives Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:03:00 +0300 Anti-Elite Protests and the Future Of Democracy The article reveals causes of the social protest and the emergence of qualitatively new components in relationship between the elite and society. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:23:00 +0300 Between Empire and Nation State Between the nation and the empire there lies the term ‘civilization.’ Russia will be doomed to build its identity on the archetypes of civilizational loneliness (an imperial feeling) as there is no system to build itself into to obtain guarantees of further existence. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:57:00 +0300 West and East: Things to Discuss and Agreements to Forge True, dialogue is unable to produce final solutions to global problems or achieve the triumph of world peace. But it is a mandatory condition for the coexistence of civilizations, cultures, peoples, and countries, of the West and the “Easts.” Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:44:00 +0300 Two Heads of the Russian Eagle The last thing anyone in Asia would be interested in is self-reflection and ambivalence inherent in the Russian socio-political consciousness, and our discussions of value or civilizational imperatives. People in the Asia-Pacific region respect effectiveness, the ability to achieve goals, consistency and perseverance. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:36:00 +0300 The Birth of a Greater Eurasia While only recently the West’s dominance looked absolute, now the roles of the teacher and the student, the leader and the straggler are no longer definitely assigned. Сompetition in interpreting reality, defining meanings, and translating values will increasingly grow. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:25:00 +0300 Russian in Place of Foreign If the sanctions against Russia persist for a long time, the Russian defense industry may again seek full autarky (with the exception of cooperation with companies of Israel, China, South Korea, and some other countries), which would have a negative impact on its innovative potential in the long term. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:13:00 +0300 Political Cyberwar on the Doorstep The leaders of major cyber powers have declared an intent to restrict their actions in virtual space. This new weapon looks too lucrative indeed. Major crises will be unavoidable until the main players realize that mutual restrictions and the rules of the game are crucial. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:08:00 +0300 Save and Protect The focus on high-tech global infrastructure and security service markets will not only strengthen Russia’s sovereignty and defense but will also develop its human resources accumulated in information, defense, energy, and infrastructure companies. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:58:00 +0300 A Hunt for “Free Agents” A “free agent” in the present world may be any influential actor in international processes. To effectively use the “free agent” concept, it is necessary to renounce zero-sum thinking where the West’s gain is necessarily perceived as Russia’s loss, and vice versa. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:50:00 +0300 Spies, Jurists, Diplomats The Russian political system is hard to understand, but not impossible to understand. The simplistic interpretation of a “Tsar ruling alone” shows its limits every time it is recalled to explain the Kremlin’s latest decision in foreign or domestic policy. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:06:00 +0300 2016 – A Victory of Conservative Realism We will live in a highly competitive and increasingly unpredictable world. Russia should start economic growth and development in order not to fall behind the new technological revolution again. Economic weakness provokes external pressure. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:56:00 +0300 On the Threshold of New Mercantilism Not only in totalitarian societies is the economy subordinate to ideology. Socialism, conservatism, and liberalism are certain sets of ideological, political, and economic programs. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:31:00 +0300 On the Threshold of New Mercantilism The recession and the absence of global cooperation add instability and fear of protectionism to the global economy. The bleak landscape of the global economy is paradoxically the product of globalization that hauled the previous decades of economic growth. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:34:00 +0300