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 What is going on in Yerevan? Armenia has been in turmoil for the past few days. The fact that the central streets of Yerevan were packed with protesters did nothing to prevent ruling coalition MPs from convening in the National Assembly and voting for the appointment of Serzh Sargsyan as Prime Minister. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:05:00 +0300 A Pyrrhic Victory: the History of the Sanctions War Against Iran The history of sanctions against Iran deserves close analysis in light of the growing sanctions pressure on Russia. Although Iran and Russia are different countries facing different sanctions paradigms, Iran’s experience is meaningful if only because both countries have to contend with US sanction law. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:27:00 +0300 The New Cold War Is Boiling Over in Syria Policymakers need to learn from their military subordinates: They should keep their heads cool and think of the consequences of their actions, both intended and unintended. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:38:00 +0300 New Tripartite Aggression in Syria Brings Mixed Results By the strikes against Syria, the US and their allies achieved demonstrative effect only partially. It was achieved, because like in the previous illegal bombings of sovereign states (Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, etc.), they exhibited their military power, unprecedented arrogance and readiness to completely ignore the international law. Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:29:00 +0300 Unwanted Ally? Russia and the Future of the Anti-Terrorist Coalition The recent events in Britain have shown a trend. Russia is accused not simply of an assassination attempt but the use of a weapon of mass destruction on the territory of a foreign country. Moscow has been subjected to unprecedented political and information pressure before any evidence or proof has been produced. Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:59:00 +0300 The Southern Vector: Russia’s Need to Upgrade Its Policy in the South Caucasus To ensure its national security, Russia needs a comprehensive strategy in the South Caucasus region. Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:54:00 +0300 Do Russian-Iranian Relations Constitute a Strategic Partnership? Current relations between the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran are characterized by increased activity and dynamism, as well as expanded political, diplomatic, economic, cultural, public and other ties. All this makes perfect sense. Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:59:00 +0300 The West’s "Two Wars" and Modern International Politics The political history of the West is about 2,500 years of permanent fighting both internally and externally. The first battle of the "external" war was the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC. Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:39:00 +0300 Endless Endgame: Whither Russia-West Confrontation? The world’s future is currently endangered by numerous fundamental threats, yet Western democracies fear only one – Vladimir Putin. Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:51:00 +0300 “Ball Game”: Strategic Communication During Russia-West Confrontation The information space is the main field of confrontation between Russia and the West today. The aim of this confrontation is to win over the public to one’s side. It is important not just to be right, but also to be convincing. Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:27:00 +0300 Four Simple Questions About Expulsions of Russian Diplomats The atrocious crime committed in Salisbury led to a massive avalanche of diplomatic expulsions unprecedented in the contemporary history of international relations. Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:34:00 +0300 Return of the Dungeons of the Seven Towers Expulsions of diplomats are an established ritual, one consecrated by the decades of the Cold War, something that is believed to be an acceptable part of international practice. Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:22:00 +0300 The Integration Platforms of the Global South The mounting protectionism emanating from the US in the past month has reached a point of being one of the key risks to the sustainability of the recovery in global economic growth. Fri, 30 Mar 2018 08:29:00 +0300 De-dollarization in the EAEU Member States: Key Trends and Prospects The emerging trend towards de-dollarization in the EAEU can make domestic monetary policy more efficient as well as facilitate economic integration in the Eurasian space. Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:02:00 +0300 The Belt and Road Initiative and Its Impact on Europe The Belt and Road Initiative, originally aimed at domestic economic development, has turned into an umbrella bringing together China’s ambitious projects to shape a new order in Eurasia, which directly influences Europe. Wed, 28 Mar 2018 13:47:00 +0300 Russia’s Post-Election Foreign Policy: New Challenges, New Horizons The experience of recent decades has demonstrated that not a single successful national modernization project implemented in Europe, Asia or Latin America has been achieved without the active use of external resources — through expanding trade and economic relations, attracting new investments and technologies, borrowing the best management practices, and integrating the country into global technological chains. Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:54:00 +0300 Liberal World Order, R.I.P. America’s decision to abandon the global system it helped build, and then preserve for more than seven decades, marks a turning point, because others lack either the interest or the means to sustain it. The result will be a world that is less free, less prosperous, and less peaceful, for Americans and others alike. Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:14:00 +0300 Russia and Ukraine: From Brothers to Neighbors Russia is parting ways with both Ukraine and Belarus. This did not have to be a tragedy with Ukraine, and can still be handled amicably with Belarus. Moreover, an independent Ukrainian state and a Ukrainian political nation ease Russia’s transition from its post-imperial condition and facilitate the formation of a Russian political nation. Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:05:00 +0300 The West’s Unilateral Cold War The problem between Russia and the West is really a problem among Westerners themselves. If there is a new cold war, it is only because established elites have not come to terms with reality: the balance of military, political, economic, and moral power has shifted too far away from the West to be reversed. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:51:00 +0300 Back to Balance. New Weapons As Effective Deterrence Many bad things have been said about nuclear weapons in the decades since they first came into existence. Indeed, in the middle of the 20th century the human race developed a means of confrontation with the potential to destroy the entire world were it used on a large scale. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:08:00 +0300 The Guns of April, Or the Return of Strategic Frivolity Today mutual respect is probably the scarcest commodity in relations between great or even just major powers. This is particularly visible in the divide between the West and the Rest. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:11:00 +0300 Worse Than During the Cold War Neither Ukraine nor Syria has eased psychological tension so far. The United States and partly Russia do not think they have reached the dangerous point. Apparently they still need a bigger crisis to finally settle their issues. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:57:00 +0300 Russia’s Foreign Policy in a Historical Perspective The principle stated by George Orwell that all are equal but some are more equal than others seems to have been adopted at the international level. This is vividly borne out by the outcome of American interference in the Middle East countries and elsewhere. Russia will continue to espouse the principles of law and justice in international affairs. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:49:00 +0300 Marxism in the Post-Globalization Era The global crisis that started in 2008 signaled the end of the era of neoliberal globalization but not the end of the processes it engendered. We can move forward, using the theoretical legacy left to us by the great thinkers of the Enlightenment and the ideologists of the liberation movement. Like it or not, Karl Marx remains the greatest of them. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:42:00 +0300 Crossing Red Lines The Ukrainian crisis is just ushering in a series of conflicts amid which a polycentric system of international relations will form. An effective multilateral mechanism must be created for preventing and settling crises in Europe and North Eurasia. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:35:00 +0300 Collapse of the World Order? Moscow appears to be unprepared for polycentrism as it has not yet grasped its basic rule, which was well known to Russian chancellors of the 19th century: one should make compromises on individual issues in order to have closer relations with other centers of power than they have among themselves. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:24:00 +0300 Vladimir Putin’s Fourth Vector Tendencies will continue—a geopolitical shift towards Eurasia and the Asia Pacific Region; symbolic ‘sovereignization’ of Russia and its further distancing from the U.S. and Europe; and the erosion of a foreign policy consensus. The fourth edition of Putin’s foreign policy will most likely differ significantly from the previous three. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:12:00 +0300 Dynamism Hallmark of China-Russia Relations China and Russia have been cooperating closely over the past three decades. But since the Ukraine crisis, the process has become more dynamic. Moscow and Beijing are now coordinating their policies on a wider range of issues. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:23:00 +0300 The Yugoslav Prelude Proceeding from their current interests, more powerful countries often ignore the fact that, as a rule, there is no right or wrong party in domestic conflicts and civil wars; indeed, the responsibility often lies with both sides. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:23:00 +0300 The Island of Russia There is no greater joy for a Russian intellectual than to speculate about a decline of America. The problem is that the Russians still do not see any other worthy role for their country in the 21st century than the role of a superpower, as a state that realizes itself primarily through influence on global processes. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:32:00 +0300 Traveling in Different Boats Relations between Russia and the United States are acquiring a new quality. Moscow and Washington can cooperate on certain individual issues, but strategically they are now on their own—certainly not in the same boat. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:19:00 +0300 The Undying Echo of the Past There is a great risk of getting mired in counterproductive discussions about the frontiers of the European model of historical development. References to the history of one region or another or one nation or another as “European” or “non-European” are unscrupulously used today inside the EU itself and along its periphery when it comes to discussing whether the region or nation deserves to be a member of a united Europe. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:58:00 +0300 A New Epoch of Confrontation Many analysts in Moscow argue that the political and propaganda pressure being exerted by the West on Russia is the result of Russia’s growth. But this Western pressure is more of a counterattack against Russia than a direct attack intended to prevent a further weakening of the West’s positions and possibly win them back. This counterattack is an important constituent feature of a “New Epoch of Confrontation.” Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:49:00 +0300 Back into the Future, Or Cold War Lessons for Russia It is now time to recognize that the reform of the early 1990s was wrong. Such a complex and unique system as the Soviet militarized economy cannot be restructured by pseudo-market methods. First of all, it should be demilitarized on the administrative level, mobilizing the entire power of the state, and only then can a market economy begin to be built. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:44:00 +0300 Ukraine’s Nuclear Ambitions In the eyes of many, the possession of the nuclear bomb is a symbol of special military-political might and of belonging to a select group. The experience of the difficult negotiations with Ukraine, in the course of which Kiev was persuaded—in the long last—to give up the nuclear arsenal it had inherited from the U.S.S.R., can be of use to those who now have to address similar problems with other countries. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:15:00 +0300 A World Without Superpowers Washington’s unilateral actions on the global stage, far from yielding positive results in Afghanistan and Iraq, run counter to the objective processes in the international economy and politics. Since the end of the Cold War, the world has been leaning towards a multipolar power structure, and even the world’s mightiest nation is unable to reverse this trend. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:07:00 +0300 Back to the Concert A concert of powers in which European nations performed throughout the 19th century provided for peace and tranquility on the continent for almost a hundred years. Today, in an era of overall domination by one country and collapse of the former international architecture, it is time to recall the principles of that Concert. But now the Concert will have to be played according to global scores of the new millennium. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:53:00 +0300 We Are Well into the night late 2002, when the city was fast asleep, two windows were brightly lit in one of the side streets in central Moscow. If someone in the building across the street had cast a look at them, he would have seen the silhouettes of people, about six or so, moving chaotically behind the glass. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:45:00 +0300 What Makes Putin So Popular at Home? His Reputation Abroad A few weeks ago, as we planned our coverage of Russia’s election, my colleagues and I at Kommersant, a Moscow-based daily newspaper, discussed whether we should prepare an overview of the foreign policy proposals of all eight candidates running for president. I argued it wasn’t worth it. What’s the point in analyzing seven programs that have no chance of being carried out? Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:07:00 +0300 On Geopolitical Configurations in Asia The name Asia might be a misnomer by Ancient Greeks’ standards, but the homogenous nature of this area is quite visible. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:46:00 +0300 Four Years Since Maidan: Why Russia-West Reconciliation Will Remain Crucial During Putin’s Fourth Term In early 2018, a remarkable milestone was reached in post-Cold War history: as of February 5, the Berlin Wall had officially been down for as long as it was up. But in contrast to the jubilance and optimism that surrounded the fall of communism, today is characterized by growing mistrust and even open hostility between Moscow and Western capitals as we appear to be further away from the promise made in 1989 by President George H. W. Bush of a “Europe whole and free.” Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:31:00 +0300 What Сan Britain Do in Response to Russian Nerve Attack? The UK Government has concluded "it is highly likely that Russia was responsible" for a “brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil,” Theresa May told the Commons on Monday after a nerve agent was used on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:27:00 +0300 US Steel Tariffs: Will a Trade War Be Prevented On March 1, US President Donald Trump announced the introduction of import tariffs on steel and aluminium at the rate of 25% and 10% respectively. In turn, the European Commission said that if protectionist measures were introduced, Europe would find a “proportionate” answer. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:43:00 +0300 A Hi-Tech Russian Doll: Putin’s Fourth-Term Reboot Putin’s goal is now neither to recreate the USSR, nor to become part of the West. Rather, the ambition is to build an economic and technological “West” inside Russia, while continuing an aggressive posture towards the West on the outside. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:53:00 +0300 Putin’s Brave New World If Vladimir Putin wins in the Russian elections in March, few will be surprised in Russia or abroad. The incumbent president remains by far the most popular and most trusted politician in the country. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:44:00 +0300 Peace Through Balance of Power: Strategic Importance of New Russian Weapons Vladimir Putin’s presidential address on foreign and defense policy met both the reality of modern international life and the requirements that this reality sets to states. And if some of its points may have seemed frightening to susceptible observers, they are as frightening as the world we live in. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:08:00 +0300 Xi Jinping: An Unconstrained President In March 2018, the National People’s Congress of China will vote for a number of amendments to the constitution, most importantly the proposal to drop the two-term limit on the presidency and vice-presidency. Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:27:00 +0300 Russia Is Offering an Olive Branch, Not Flaunting Nuclear Weapons President Vladimir Putin’s recent address to the Federal Assembly made quite a splash in the international community. Unsurprisingly, particular attention was paid to the sections of the address in which the president spoke in detail about boosting Russia’s defense capabilities, creating new weapons systems and readiness to ensure national security. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:23:00 +0300 What Kind of Victory for Russia in Syria? The war in Syria has ground on for more than half a decade. Hundreds of thousands have died, entire cities and towns have been destroyed, and billions of dollars in infrastructure have been decimated. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:10:00 +0300 How do We Get Out of the Chelyabinsk Disco? My entire professional career has centred on the problems of U.S.–Russia relations, but never before have I seen such strength of feeling, such an explosion of emotions, such mutual intolerance and such unwavering conviction in the correctness of one’s actions. Mon, 05 Mar 2018 10:33:00 +0300 The arrival of post-Putin Russia Russia’s March 2018 election will mark the arrival of the post-Putin era in Russian domestic politics. Fri, 02 Mar 2018 18:48:00 +0300 Two Views of the Syria Conflict that Seem Never to Meet The presence of the Syrian conflict in the international, especially the British, news has fluctuated wildly. Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:29:00 +0300 ‘China and Russia are quasi allies … On strategic affairs Russia and India have serious conversations only at top level’ "Our most important foreign priority would be keeping peace in the world – very important for Russia, and also because the global situation is worse than at any time in decades." Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:41:00 +0300 Russia’s Economic Modernization: A Long-Term Perspective If there is one thing that we can be certain about with regard to Russia in the next several decades, it is that it will attempt to stage a catch?up effort vis-a-vis the front-runners of the world economy. Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:08:00 +0300 Disillusionment and Missed Opportunities: Russia-U.S. Relations in 2017 When Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was announced in Russia’s lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma, the deputies’ response was enthusiastic applause. Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:05:00 +0300 Russia, US could be headed for collision in Syria Neither Russia nor the United States seems interested in escalating tension with each other in Syria, but the situation might push them in that direction. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 10:34:00 +0300 Increasing International Cooperation in Cybersecurity and Adapting Cyber Norms Without increased cooperation, the global digital economy is vulnerable to catastrophic cyberattack. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:59:00 +0300 Russian-U.S. Flashpoints in the Post-Soviet Space: The View From Moscow The Russia-U.S. relationship will likely be worse tomorrow than it is today. Any resolution will require either or both of them to change long-held views. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:56:00 +0300 Russia Will Get Stuck in Syria for a Long Time Carnegie Moscow Center’s Director Dmitri Trenin and Rethinking Russia discussed his new book “What Is Russia Up To in the Middle East?”, Moscow’s role and place in the region, the future of Syria and the Islamic State as well as Russia’s Syria collaboration with Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the U.S. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:54:00 +0300 Why Is the Right Winning in Latin America? Latin America was celebrated and reviled in the first decade of this century as the place where neoliberalism had been successfully challenged. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:52:00 +0300 Greater Eurasia in ‘the Indian Century’ The annual international security conference that took place in Munich on February 16-18 clearly demonstrated that the world is bursting at the seams. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:24:00 +0300 European Security: From Managing Adversity to a New Equilibrium A security community embracing all of Europe would only be possible if Russia were included. This, however, is unlikely. The new confrontation between Russia and the West, the Hybrid War, is systemic and will continue for many years Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:21:00 +0300 The Russian Revolution of 1917: History, Memory, and Politics In 100 years since the Revolution of 1917, it continues to have impact on the Russian society. Divergent assessments of the Revolution and different approaches to its commemoration have been sparking off heated debates on Russia’s past and future that emphasize the need to reconcile different narratives. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0300 The Disruptor Russia seeks to exploit divisions in the West. But how big is the threat? Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:05:00 +0300 The Central European paradox The paradox of liberal democracy is that citizens are freer, but they feel powerless. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:02:00 +0300 The EU Companies May Be Affected by the New US Sanctions Is friendship possible when it comes to international relations and bilateral ties? Should a state consider interests of its counterpart when making big decisions? Even though the US and the EU are seen as an inseparable duo, at times their approaches to international challenges differ. Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:29:00 +0300 The Power of Dialogue in a Disrupted World In the second decade of the twenty-first century, geopolitical challenges are combining with technologically-driven disruptions to create new, immensely complex global problems. But while the challenges confronting us today are unlike anything seen before, overcoming them demands the same age-old solution: good-faith dialogue. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:33:00 +0300 What Are Iran’s Primary Interests in the Region and Is It Ready to Secure Them? In order to better understand Iran’s regional interests, one should consider Iran’s view toward the main hot-points in the Middle East, which, together define the nature of interactions between various regional and trans-regional actors in the whole region. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:23:00 +0300 European Union Runs for Life with Integration of Western Balkans The European Union, based on the past years’ experience, decided to take an unexpected step: one of these days the geostrategic goal was defined, and this is integration of the Western Balkans. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:43:00 +0300 Can Geneva build on Syrian peace talks in Sochi? Russia's congress on Syria can boast some achievements, but it also leaves plenty for Geneva to resolve. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:13:00 +0300 Militarizing the Confrontation: Risks of the New US Nuclear Posture Review During the last four years, Russian-American confrontation has been mostly confined to the political, information and economic (sanctions) areas and has been minimal in terms of the military. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:11:00 +0300 Russia's retaliation for downed jet has just begun Russia responded quickly and fiercely to the Feb. 3 downing of an Su-25 jet over Syria's Idlib province and the subsequent shooting death of its pilot. Shortly after the incident, the Russian Defense Ministry ordered precision missile strikes on the area and claimed to have killed at least 30 militants. Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:06:00 +0300 How Should Russia Respond to an Adversarial West? This year is the beginning of a new cycle in Russia’s foreign policy. The result of the upcoming presidential election is quite certain: Polls indicate Vladimir Putin has enormous public support. Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:03:00 +0300 The Confrontation Between the West and Russia: A Tale of Concentric Circles Much like Europeans do not fully grasp the angst generated by prospects of Western-incited regime change in Russia, Russians dismiss far too easily how toxic in the EU is Moscow’s political and financial backing of European extreme right-wing movements. Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:58:00 +0300 Highs and Lows: Russia’s Foreign Policy at the start of 2018 The most memorable developments in Russia’s foreign policy in the past year include a breakthrough in the Middle East; a further escalation of the confrontation with the United States; continued alienation from Europe; and a tactical advance in Asia. Russia has significantly expanded its foreign policy arsenal, but there is still a sharp contrast between the country’s foreign policy ambitions and the limited capabilities of its economy. Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:41:00 +0300 The Syrian Congress in Sochi: Too Much Too Soon The Syrian National Congress was held in Sochi on January 30 and reportedly gathered close to 1,500 Syrians to kick-start the national dialogue by giving platform to the broader Syrian community. Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:37:00 +0300 Russian Approaches to the United States: Algorithm Change Is Overdue The usual “top-down” algorithm of Russian-American relations will not work under Trump. Hence, it is necessary to change drastically the algorithm – to start building relationships on the “bottom-up” principle. Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:11:00 +0300 A Winter Thaw on the Korean Peninsula Throughout the history of the modern Olympic Games, the event has served as a platform for nationalism, but also for advancing peace and human dignity in the spirit of friendly competition. When the Games begin next month on the tumultuous Korean Peninsula, one hopes the legacy of peacemaking and rapprochement prevails. Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:10:00 +0300 WEF-2018: Everybody First If America, with its power, influence, capabilities and share in the world economy proclaims itself "First", it thereby sets the tone. So everyone will have to follow it and also to become "first of all." It's hardly worth to be glad about it. But we must be ready. Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:54:00 +0300 Russia and Europe: From Romanticism to Pragmatism Moscow and Brussels are to keep pace moving forward Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:50:00 +0300 International Security and «Turbid Waters» of Cyberspace Among many topics, cyberspace issues occupy a special place on the current agenda. Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:46:00 +0300 US Sanctions Against Russia: Useless Lists? The Future of Article 241 The US Treasury Department submitted a list of Russian “oligarchs” to Congress. This was done under PL 115-44 (CAATSA) adopted on August 2, 2017. Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:43:00 +0300 US-Russia-Turkey Dynamics in Syria After ‘Olive Branch’: One Door Closes, Another Opens In recent months, the Kremlin’s priorities in Syria have shifted from fighting a long war to seeking a quick peace. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:31:00 +0300 The Era of American Stasis Yet again, in the United States, large parts of the government are facing shutdown because of deadlock in the US Senate – the only country in the developed world where this kind of thing happens. How on earth has a country which for so long was a model for democracy, good government and modernity in general got itself into this mess? Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:12:00 +0300 Towards ‘Grand Coalition’: How the Agenda of German Social Democrats Has Evolved The future of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) depends on the coalition with Christian Democrats. But it is no less important for the political future of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:10:00 +0300 The Arab World: Between Violence and Consensus Perhaps the most significant element of the socio-political life of the region during those years, at least to the outside observer, was violence. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:02:00 +0300 UN Security Council Should Stop a Bloodbath and Declare Afrin and Northern Syria a ‘Safe Haven’ The Kurds after their setbacks in the aftermath of their independence referendum of 25th of September in 2017 in Iraq are facing another tragedy, but this time in Afrin in the western part of Kurdistan called Rojava. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:50:00 +0300 Securing the Digital Transition Within a few decades, the Internet has transformed the global economy and rendered the old Westphalian order increasingly obsolete. But without a new governance framework to manage cyber threats and abuses, what has been a boon to globalization could become its undoing. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:30:00 +0300 Trump’s defense strategy is perfect for Russia Trump's strategy pushes confrontation with Russia, and Moscow is pleased. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:23:00 +0300 Trump’s First Year in Office: the Impact Is Profound and Controversial Donald Trump enters the second year of his presidency as one of the most controversial politicians in the US history. Opinions vary greatly, but one thing is clear: the past year has been marked by fundamental changes in the United States’ domestic and foreign policy, with many results of the previous administration virtually wiped out. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:54:00 +0300 Russia's Changing Relations with the West: Prospects for a New Hybrid System At the end of 2016, both the political and expert communities in Russia appeared to be very pessimistic about the future of the world order in general, and the about the future of the West in particular. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:37:00 +0300 Contrary to Expectations, US-Russian Relations Deteriorate Under President Trump Donald Trump’s presidency began a year ago with widespread expectations of improvement in U.S.-Russian relations; there was even loose talk of a grand bargain. His first year in office ends, however, with relations in worse shape than he found them. Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:12:00 +0300 The Tragedy of Russian Foreign Policy. Book Review: “Different Times: Essays on Foreign Policy” by Anatoly Adamishin Russia is neither doomed to have adversarial relations with the West nor destined to have friendly ones with it: it is all in the hands of policymakers who need to learn, also from their own mistakes. Anatoly Adamishin’s book provides them with a rich body of experience to work from. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:26:00 +0300 The Pre-Olympic Thaw Comes As Good News, but What Next for the Two Koreas? On January 1, 2018, the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-un delivered a traditional New Year message, which is perceived as a "task for the current year" and is an important statement from the point of view of determining the country's leadership goals. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:13:00 +0300 An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove: the Principles that Defined the American Age In 1918, President of the United States Woodrow Wilson presented a draft peace treaty to Congress aimed at putting an end to four years of bloodshed caused by the First World War. The document differed from the spirit and principles of the peace accords concluded in the history of international relations. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:03:00 +0300 Fuzzy Alliances, Flexible Relations Relations between Russia and the West have reached their lowest point since the Cold War. Unfortunately we cannot be sure that they won’t deteriorate even further. It is time to start to mend ties, but the only consensus view shared by both sides is that business as usual is not an option. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:24:00 +0300 Is America First? Late last year, President of the United States Donald Trump presented the country’s new National Security Strategy. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:23:00 +0300 Comment of the Year: The Middle East – Syria It must be stated right from the outset that the outgoing year has failed to bring this long-suffering region either any perceptible change for the better or a consummation of aspirations that provided a powerful impetus to the million-strong protests in the Arab world seven years ago. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:18:00 +0300 What Does 2018 Have in Store for the Kremlin? How does the world in 2018 look from the Kremlin? Judging from statements and interviews of Russian leaders, the world is not a very cool place these days. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:10:00 +0300 Can Movement Politics Renew European Democracy? One might expect diffuse, grassroots movements that emerge from large-scale street protests to be more inclusive, deliberative, and democratic than traditional political parties. But the proliferation of personality-driven movements on both the right and the left in recent years calls that assumption into question. Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:37:00 +0300