Russia in Global Affairs http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/ 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/ http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/PONARS-Eurasia/EU-Russia-Relations-Quo-Vadis-Muddling-Normalization-or-Deterioration-19160 EU-Russia Relations: Quo Vadis? Muddling, Normalization, or Deterioration The Ukraine crisis became a major driver of the centrifugal relationship between Russia and the European Union, but it was not the starting point. Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:17:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/PONARS-Eurasia/The-Soviet-Roots-of-Meddling-in-US-Politics-19155 The Soviet Roots of Meddling in U.S. Politics The release on January 6 of an unclassified version of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s report describing efforts by Russian security services to influence last year’s U.S. presidential campaign in favor of Donald Trump evoked a sense of deja vu. Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:27:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Glocalization-When-Globalization-Goes-Local-19153 Glocalization: When Globalization Goes Local Complexity and diversity make the world more stable. A global world with identical political, economic, and any other elements could have more, not less conflict. Globality is getting localized, and locality can be globalized, too. These two trends do not contradict each other: on the contrary, their synthesis is a source of stability. Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:05:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/Whose-Liberal-International-Order-19151 Whose Liberal International Order? The Remaking of Eurasia and the Shifting Balance of International Ideas. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:20:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/The-New-Northern-Policy-and-Korean-Russian-Cooperation-19149 The New Northern Policy and Korean-Russian Cooperation While the North Korea crisis hangs over regional and global peace, the world calls out to constructive and peaceful cooperation that can halt the ‘conflict spiral’. The Russian-Korean cooperation and Eurasian integration may become a remedy for the problem. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:15:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/What-Went-Wrong-with-Eurasian-Integration-and-How-to-Fix-It-19146 What Went Wrong with Eurasian Integration and How to Fix It Current EU developments are an incentive for studying EU experience and reflecting on how to avoid their mistakes. All the more so now that other integration unions, particularly the Eurasian Economic Union, which is most important to Russia, are not making big strides. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:38:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Putin-Trump-follow-winding-path-to-latest-Syria-agreement-19145 Putin, Trump follow winding path to latest Syria agreement The story of last week's encounter between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump reflects on a smaller scale their closely scrutinized bilateral relationship and the caution they feel they must exert when approaching one another. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:19:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/EU-Russia-and-the-Inglorious-End-of-Catalan-Self-Determination-19140 EU, Russia and the ‘Inglorious End’ of Catalan Self-Determination The forces inclined to continue the “process” of ever-increasing, but never final, independence of Catalonia from Spain continue to play a crucial role in the politics of this region. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:14:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/How-US-Russia-Diplomacy-Went-Heavy-Metal-19139 How U.S.-Russia Diplomacy Went Heavy Metal In the new Cold War, pragmatic dialogue is out. Quoting Five Finger Death Punch is in. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:54:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Law-Power-and-the-Power-of-Precedent-in-International-Relations-19134 Law, Power and the Power of Precedent in International Relations Current discussions, including the recent annual session of the Valdai Club in Sochi and its aftermath, have drawn attention to international law and particularly to two crucial questions: can international law be effective in the absence of a balance of power, and what is the role of precedent in that domain? Here are some reflections on these matters. Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:18:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/One-Year-after-the-US-Presidential-Elections-19135 One Year after the U.S. Presidential Elections As it was 50 years ago, Russia and the United States remain the only powers in the world capable of destroying each other and the rest of humanity in a suicidal nuclear war. Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:18:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Caspian-Triangle-Predictability-of-Neighbours-Is-the-Key-19127 The Caspian Triangle: Predictability of Neighbours Is the Key The summit of the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran will undoubtedly adjust the process of reformatting in the Middle East region. Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:34:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Eurasia-Archipelago-Prospects-for-a-Continental-Security-Arrangement-19108 Eurasia Archipelago. Prospects for a Continental Security Arrangement A key continent, Eurasia, could become a continent of cooperation in the 21st century. Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:17:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/European-Union-Is-Back-in-the-Game-19107 European Union Is Back in the Game On September 13, 2017, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union address before the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The address prompted significant reaction both within the EU and far beyond its borders. Thu, 02 Nov 2017 12:45:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/On-the-Paradox-of-Global-Economic-Integration-19103 On the Paradox of Global Economic Integration Concerns over the global economic slowdown appear to be gradually receding this year as the global economy is set to muster an acceleration in growth on the back of a strong showing by the Eurozone, the US and China. Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:38:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russia-Has-Grand-Designs-For-the-International-Order-Op-ed--19102 Russia Has Grand Designs For the International Order (Op-ed) Moscow’s new grand strategy is still in gestation. Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:57:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/A-Question-of-Sghei-Why-Veneto-and-Lombardy-Push-for-Autonomy-19100 A Question of Sghei: Why Veneto and Lombardy Push for Autonomy It has been a week since the referendum on autonomy in the Italian regions of Veneto and Lombardy regions took place. The central government in Rome is listening and watching carefully... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:21:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/pubcol/A-Cold-War-A-Forecast-for-Tomorrow-19099 A Cold War: A Forecast for Tomorrow Nuclear deterrence is the only reason why the world did not plunge into a nuclear conflict during the Cold War and is not sliding down that path now as we are living through a new Cold War which is even worse than the previous one. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:18:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Nuclear-Dangers-from-North-Korea-Managing-the-Risks-to-the-US-and-Russia-19098 Nuclear Dangers from North Korea: Managing the Risks to the US and Russia Among the most disturbing aspects of the North Korean nuclear problem today is the lack of a common perspective between Washington and Moscow. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:12:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Sovereignty-that-Really-Matters-19094 The Sovereignty that Really Matters The preference of some countries to isolate themselves within their borders is anachronistic and self-defeating, but it would be a serious mistake for others, fearing contagion, to respond by imposing strict isolation. Even in states that have succumbed to reductionist discourses, much of the population has not. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 13:34:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/How-the-Chinese-Dream-Will-Impact-Global-Governance-19092 How the ‘Chinese Dream’ Will Impact Global Governance The 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China is an intermediate stage in the formation of China as a leader of the new world order. Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:09:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Muqtada-al-Sadr-A-Way-into-the-Arab-World-19086 Muqtada al-Sadr: A Way into the Arab World? Muqtada al-Sadr is a descendent of the religious Sadr dynasty, a prominent family of Shiite intellectuals. He is one of a small number of politicians who possess significant influence in modern Iraq and who are capable of inspiring hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets. Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:08:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/How-the-Catalonia-Crisis-Could-Be-Resolved-19082 How the Catalonia Crisis Could Be Resolved The Spanish prime minister’s decision to invoke Article 155 of the Constitution will not entail a full-fledged suspension of autonomy, but will probably include the convening of elections in Catalonia in early 2018, putting the Catalan police under control of Spain’s Home Affairs Ministry. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:13:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Constitution-and-Politics-in-Contemporary-Japan-19081 Constitution and Politics in Contemporary Japan Japanese politics is now in flux. By the sudden dissolution of Diet by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this September political landscape is shifting quite rapidly. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:02:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/The-Importance-of-Being-Earnest-How-to-Avoid-Irreparable-Damage-19079 The Importance of Being Earnest: How to Avoid Irreparable Damage What is happening in the world? Is it a revolution that is breaking old foundations and bringing something fundamentally new? Or is it just a cyclical shake-up that will stir up the environment, but leave intact the principles of relations between states that did not change for millennia? And will the new turn out to be the well-forgotten old in the next stage? Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:02:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Comprehensive-Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty-Organization-CTBTO-Bridging-the-Conflict-between-Progress-and- Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO): Bridging the Conflict between Progress and Humanism The perspective from a highly technical and science-based organization, gives a positive and hopeful outlook on what technological progress can contribute to the future of humanity. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Revolution-War-and-Empire-19074 Revolution, War and Empire My aim in this piece is to look at the international context of the Russian Revolution and to assess its influence on the Revolution’s causes, course and consequences. Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:15:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Why-Immigrants-Voted-For-The-Far-Right-in-Germany-Hint-Its-Not-Entirely-The-Kremlins-Fault-19073 Why Immigrants Voted For The Far Right in Germany (Hint: It’s Not Entirely The Kremlin’s Fault) The far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) is about to take up its seats in German parliament. How did we get here? Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:18:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Egoistic-Hegemonism-19072 Egoistic Hegemonism The never-ending political infighting in the US could be viewed as an inevitable stage in an overly complex path the US must take to find its place in the world, one that is changing in spite of what the US wants or thinks. On the other hand, these political struggles make it even harder and more painful for the US and for the rest of the world to adapt to these changes. Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:59:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Priorities-of-the-EAEU-Development-of-the-Internal-Market-and-Free-Trade-Agreements-19066 Priorities of the EAEU: Development of the Internal Market and Free Trade Agreements On Wednesday, October 11, a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council takes place in Sochi with the participation of the presidents of Eurasian Economic Union countries. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:39:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/False-Conflict-Universalism-and-Identity-19065 False Conflict: Universalism and Identity Aristotle defined a city as a "unity out of plurality of individuals". Probably, this definition is suitable for the whole world, especially in the present era of globalization. Is there a contradiction in this formula, and is identity compatible with universalism? Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:34:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Is-Putin-Losing-Control-of-Russias-Conservative-Nationalists-19064 Is Putin Losing Control of Russia's Conservative Nationalists? What the Matilda Controversy Reveals About His Rule Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:23:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russias-Wartime-Economy-19062 Russia’s Wartime Economy Will Vladimir Putin ever make Russia great again? Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:19:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/What-Should-the-Gulf-Crises-Teach-Us-19057 What Should the Gulf Crises Teach Us? One of the most disturbing trends in international politics today is a rapid deterioration of the security situation in the Gulf area, — a region which remains a critically important part of the global economy, finance and transportation. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:42:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Clinton-and-Russia-Who-is-Ms-Hillary--19056 Clinton and Russia: Who is Ms Hillary? In her recently published book on why she lost the 8 November 2016 US presidential election, What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton provides a powerful and in some ways convincing interpretation of events. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:26:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/The-Russian-World-in-a-Quest-for-Meaning-19055 The Russian World in a Quest for Meaning In the endless discussions about the Russian World, our analysts have obscured the issue by vague theorizing, but have failed to produce any recognized scientific concept or school that would explain the idea of the Russian World. Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:48:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Bringing-Home-the-Message-We-Are-Different-19054 Bringing Home the Message: “We Are Different!” The Church may prove very helpful in conveying the image of the Russian people as possessing incredible internal stamina that helps them get through the harshest tests they arrange for themselves. This image is far more important than the image of a victor nation having a tremendous military potential. Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:40:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Heart-over-Mind-19053 Heart over Mind One glaring distinction of Russian conservatism is its ability to take the shape of an integral outlook, but not within an orderly arranged space of logic, but through emotions, for which words are important not by virtue of their meaning, but because of the feelings they evoke. Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:33:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Ready-to-Rebuff-an-Attack-19052 Ready to Rebuff an Attack? The rate at which Pyongyang has been developing its missile program shows that prospects for a successful disarming strike that may go unpunished will disappear within a year or two. Therefore, if the U.S. does not dare strike at North Korea, there will be no alternatives to a meaningful dialogue with Pyongyang. Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:25:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/No-Light-at-the-End-of-the-Tunnel-19051 No Light at the End of the Tunnel None of the possible scenarios for solving the North Korean problem—negotiations, sanctions, and a military solution—can be considered acceptable and satisfactory. This means that the United States and the whole world will likely have to coexist with a nuclear North Korea. Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:17:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Choosing-between-Two-Evils-19050 Choosing between Two Evils Each of the serious players now has to make an inevitable and unpleasant choice between “bad” and “very bad,” not even knowing which of the choices has less dangerous consequences. Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:07:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russians-Saudis-look-to-spruce-up-relations-19049 Russians, Saudis look to spruce up relations The Saudi king’s visit to Russia this week was an event Moscow has been anticipating for many years. Amid recent years' flurry of visits by Middle Eastern leaders, the Saudi monarch arguably had been the only one missing. Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:01:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/The-Arctic-In-An-Age-Of-Geopolitical-Change-Assessment-And-Recommendations-19045 The Arctic In An Age Of Geopolitical Change: Assessment And Recommendations Arctic remains one of the world’s last great, pristine and undeveloped areas. Equivalent to one-sixth of the world’s landmass, the region is home to just 4 million people. The region is rich in both renewable and non-renewable resources. Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:32:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/A-Cyber-Revolt-in-the-Making-19043 A Cyber Revolt in the Making The fact that the first wave of hacktivism died out does not mean that a second or third wave will not follow. Next time it would be even easier to bring people together, since they would have a clear vision of what they can achieve together. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:47:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Nuclear-Weapons-out-of-Control---Alexander-Savelyev-19042 Nuclear Weapons out of Control Alexander Savelyev A new agreement on deeper reductions in strategic offensive arms—limiting the number of strategic warheads to 1,000 for each party—could serve as a positive example of cooperation and give a chance to reach mutual understanding in other areas. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:39:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/From-Strategic-to-Tactical-Stability-19041 From Strategic to Tactical Stability The new definition of stability, which must be maintained simultaneously at several tactical levels of the arms race in order to achieve the common strategic goal of preventing war, could serve as a new conceptual rationale for arms control. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:30:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Razing-the-Old-to-Build-the-New-19040 Razing the Old to Build the New? If we give up the norms and instruments of nuclear arms control developed over the past half century, we will eventually end up with nothing. Instead, we should urgently save this invaluable structure and improve this system in a prudent way, adapting it to new challenges and threats. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:19:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Education-as-a-Watershed-19039 Education as a Watershed For all the importance of Trump’s victory, it is too early to say that the long-term liberal trend has been broken. A basis exists for a conservative correction, probably deep and long, but not for a complete turnaround. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:38:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Neo-Mercantilism-Neo-Modernism-or-Neo-Imperialism-19038 Neo-Mercantilism, Neo-Modernism or Neo-Imperialism? American-style globalization is being replaced not with its Asian variety, but a very harsh geopolitical reaction to protectionism as an antagonist of globalization. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:19:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/By-the-Rivers-of-Babylon-19037 By the Rivers of Babylon The time when Russia could contemplate an exit strategy seems to have passed. It would be virtually impossible now to guarantee a negotiated settlement in Syria or at least a lasting truce without Russia’s substantial military presence in that country. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:13:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/In-the-Moonlight-19035 In the Moonlight There is an increasingly strong feeling of countdown—towards even more drastic changes. The world is moving somewhere along the sparkling moonlit path. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:49:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/New-US-Ambassador-to-Russia-Wants-to-Bring-Relations-to-Higher-Altitude-but-Not-Potemkin-Style-19034 New U.S. Ambassador to Russia Wants to Bring Relations to ‘Higher Altitude,’ but Not Potemkin-Style Washington’s new ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, landed in Moscow this week and presented his credentials to President Vladimir Putin on Oct. 3. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 07:59:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Germanys-Problem-Is-Europes-Problem-19032 Germany’s Problem Is Europe’s Problem Germans have enjoyed a long holiday from history, but it looks like their vacation is over. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 07:42:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Turn-of-the-Kurds-19030 The Turn of the Kurds There is not and should not be any automatic right of self-determination, not least because a world of frequent secession would be in even greater disarray than the world we already have. To gain international recognition, secessionist entities should meet five key criteria – and Iraq's Kurdistan Region satisfies all of them. Wed, 04 Oct 2017 08:05:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Indifference-Threatens-RussiaFrance-Relations-19029 Indifference Threatens Russia–France Relations 300 years of Russia-France diplomatic relations have been marked by a lot of events that seriously affected their development. Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:52:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Price-of-Peace-The-Parameters-of-a-Possible-Compromise-in-Donbass-19028 The Price of Peace: The Parameters of a Possible Compromise in Donbass The most difficult decisions for a politician to make is where exactly to draw the red line separating the inevitable concessions and compromises from capitulation, treason and personal shame. In other words, the politician has to learn what can and cannot be the subject of political bargaining. Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:12:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Kurdish-referendum-a-double-edged-sword-for-Russia-19026 Kurdish referendum a double-edged sword for Russia The runup to the Kurdish independence referendum that took place Sept. 25 revealed just how politically intertwined different actors are in the modern Middle East. Russia is no stranger to diplomatic games and typically follows a strategy of inserting itself into the most dynamic contexts, hoping to reap benefits and make itself more visible in the region. Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:06:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Zapad-Wargames-and-Living-in-Uncertainty-19024 Zapad Wargames and Living in Uncertainty The Russian-Belarusian Zapad (West) military exercises, which were held in the latter half of September, have disappointed many people. Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:03:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russian-Saudi-Rapprochement-19023 Russian-Saudi Rapprochement? Iran and Economic Strain Will Make It Tough Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:17:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/China-and-Central-Asia-Post-Soviet-Developments-19021 China and Central Asia: Post-Soviet Developments Central Asian attitudes to China are vastly different from how China is perceived in Europe, the rest of Asia and other parts of the world. Politicians, businessmen and ordinary people in Central Asia are either baffled or inspired by the geographical proximity of their huge neighbor. Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:57:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Referendum-in-Iraqi-Kurdistan-Unity-and-Cohesion-of-the-People-19020 Referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan: Unity and Cohesion of the People On September 25, 2017, a referendum on independence was held in Iraqi Kurdistan, which was condemned by the governments of Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria. According to the Iraqi Kurdistan Electoral Commission, more than 90 percent (2.86 million out of 3.31 million) of the referendum participants voted for independence. Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:06:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Jumpstarting-the-Israeli-Palestinian-Conflict-19017 Jumpstarting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict A series of diplomatic talks, which took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, touched on Middle Eastern affairs and specifically on the revival of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process. This had seemed to have been high on President Trump’s agenda, when he met Prime Minister Netanyahu, President of the Palestinian Authority Abbas and the Egyptian President el-Sisi. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:41:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/What-Awaits-Syria-19016 What Awaits Syria? Syria has suffered great damage after the years-long conflict. Regional and global actors’ joint efforts are required to root out terrorism, rebuild the economy and resolve a humanitarian crisis in the country. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:33:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/The-Guns-of-April-Or-the-Return-of-Strategic-Frivolity-19036 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. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:07:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/How-China-and-India-can-keep-the-peace-in-Ukraine-19012 How China and India can keep the peace in Ukraine As the 2018 World Cup looms in Russia, the need for a peacekeeping force in the Donbass grows evermore urgent. Beijing should recognise the irony in coming to the aid of both the West and the former Soviet bloc. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:02:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Why-Myanmar-Has-Inflamed-the-Russian-Caucasus-Op-ed--19011 Why Myanmar Has Inflamed the Russian Caucasus (Op-ed) The surge of public protests should come as no surprise to Moscow Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:52:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russias-Many-Futures-19010 Russia’s Many Futures Russia will have many futures because it has had many pasts. Three aspects in particular stand out in any discussion of Russia’s future. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:37:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/German-Election-Angela-Merkel-and-New-Coalition-19006 German Election: Angela Merkel and New Coalition? The outcome of Germany’s elections seems to be a foregone conclusion. Chancellor Merkel is sure to be reelected for her fourth term. Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:39:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Global-Leadership-Vacuum-19005 The Global Leadership Vacuum Will Angela Merkel’s Germany ensure that great-power cooperation does not deteriorate beyond the point of no return in the Trump era? The answer to that question will likely determine if the international order has any order to speak of in the years ahead. Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:23:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russia-sees-Saudi-Arabia-as-gatekeeper-to-Mideast-19007 Russia sees Saudi Arabia as 'gatekeeper' to Mideast Russian officials say Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud is coming to Moscow for a visit, but the kingdom has been playing coy, perhaps as a bargaining tactic. Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:52:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Whats-the-USs-Best-Chance-With-North-Korea-Russia-19002 What’s the U.S.’s Best Chance With North Korea? Russia Washington and Pyongyang will eventually need to resume direct talks. With neither party ready for that yet, at first secret contacts will have to be organized in third countries. In the meantime, de-escalation is the order of the day, and Russia one of its unlikely brokers. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:47:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Elections-in-Germany-Waiting-for-a-Six-Party-Bundestag-18999 Elections in Germany: Waiting for a Six-Party Bundestag Parliamentary elections in Germany, which will be held on September 24, are likely to confirm the mandate of the ruling Christian-Democratic Union, and the strengthening of the non-systemic parties. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:03:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Wars-in-the-Name-of-Islam-What-Comes-Next-18998 Wars in the Name of Islam: What Comes Next? Is the Middle East turning into the area of total war? What will the Sunni and Shiite rivalry end in? How to defeat terrorism? Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:42:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/redcol/Atlantic-Drift-Russia-and-the-US-Europe-Divide-18997 Atlantic Drift: Russia and the U.S.-Europe Divide Relations between Russia, Europe, and the United States are in flux as none is able or wants to maintain what it once had. An attempt to revive the Cold War paradigm has failed, and a new framework of relations has not formed. This state of uncertainty will most likely endure until each player achieves a measure of domestic stability. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:32:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/redcol/-18995 Trump’s foreign policy threatens Cold War — not just with Russia The phrase “Cold War” has become a cliche with little meaning. It was used to label every case of the Russia-US confrontation since the 1990s, and it finally became very common in the 2000s. Although purists were always against using this term without a proper connotation, it was already impossible to stop it. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:26:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Historic-Speech-of-Jean-Claude-Juncker-Feebleness-of-the-EU-18994 Historic Speech of Jean-Claude Juncker: Feebleness of the EU The speech of the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Parliament on September 13 shows, that the leadership of the European Union is trying to save itself. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:44:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Pro-Catalan-Independence-Party-Member-People-Need-to-Go-to-Polls-18993 Pro-Catalan Independence Party Member: People Need to Go to Polls The referendum on the future of Catalonia is scheduled for October, 1. With the national government opposing the vote, the results of the upcoming event remains unclear. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:28:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Myanmar-Russias-Muslims-and-a-New-Foreign-Policy-18990 Myanmar, Russia’s Muslims, and a New Foreign Policy Russian Muslims are protesting the situation in Myanmar. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is laying claim to a separate regional foreign policy based on the defense of Muslims abroad. It is a broader phenomenon than that and reflects the distinct identity of Russian Muslims and the failure to build a proper nationalities policy in Russia. Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:29:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/Great-Power-Interventions-and-the-Future-of-Responsibility-to-Protect-18989 Great Power Interventions and the Future of Responsibility to Protect It may often seem that a whole epoch has passed since the Kosovo Commission’s oft-cited conclusion that the NATO intervention into Yugoslavia in 1999 was “illegal, but legitimate”. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:54:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/RussiaUS-Relations-and-the-Future-of-Syria-18987 Russia–US Relations and the Future of Syria The greatest analytical challenge in trying to understand the Syrian civil wars overcoming the propensity to see the world as it was and not as it is. It is tempting to look at Syria on a map and imagine that one day soon it could be put back together – if only a resolution could be found during diplomatic meetings in Astana or Istanbul. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/Russian-Hackers-in-the-US-Election-Myths-and-Reality-18983 ‘Russian Hackers’ in the US Election: Myths and Reality It makes sense to examine if any Russian “interference” in the US elections in November 2016 ever took place, and how this topic has been developing so that to result in a new anti-Russian law. What evidence proving the involvement of Russian special services does Washington have? Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:31:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/With-Zero-Fatalism-about-North-Korea-18980 With Zero Fatalism about North Korea Politicians and experts, journalists and diplomats are increasingly alarmed about the possible catastrophic consequences of the current crisis — not only for the Korean Peninsula, but for the system of world politics in general. Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:05:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Eurasia-Doomed-to-Division-18979 Eurasia: Doomed to Division? The past two or three years have witnessed unprecedented interest in Eurasia. Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:51:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/BRICS-Will-the-Future-be-Brighter-18978 BRICS: Will the Future be Brighter? The ninth BRICS Summit held on September 3–5, 2017, in Xiamen and chaired by China goes under the theme «BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future». Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:35:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russian-Military-Buildup-in-the-West-Fact-Versus-Fiction-18977 Russian Military Buildup in the West: Fact Versus Fiction As Russia's annual strategic exercise, titled Zapad-2017, approaches, media reports have contended that Moscow is engaged in a military buildup along NATO's borders, with particular trepidation over security considerations in the Baltics. Ironically, Russia's military modernization and force structure expansion had been ignoring the Baltic region until only recently. Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:23:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/Arab-Uncertainty-after-the-Spring-18976 Arab Uncertainty after the ‘Spring’ After six years of rapid and successive developments that have engulfed Arab countries, they could not reach a safe path towards the future. Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:45:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/BRICS-Plus-Alternative-Globalization-in-the-Making-18974 BRICS-Plus: Alternative Globalization in the Making? By building a network of economic alliances across continents, the BRICS may take the lead in shaping global economic integration against the backdrop of waning integration impulses in the developed world. Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:18:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Report-Toward-the-Great-Ocean---5-From-The-Turn-To-The-East-To-Greater-Eurasia-18970 Report: Toward the Great Ocean - 5: From The Turn To The East To Greater Eurasia The report has been prepared based on the series of research conducted in late 2016 – early 2017 and the situation analysis “Turn to the East: A new stage and agenda for co-operation”. Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:19:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/What-World-War-I-Can-Teach-Us-About-How-To-Manage-The-North-Korea-Crisis-18966 What World War I Can Teach Us About How To Manage The North Korea Crisis We should not delude ourselves with the assumption that peace is the natural state of mankind in our age. Mon, 04 Sep 2017 11:39:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/China-Sanctions-Hint-of-Whats-To-Come-18965 China Sanctions Hint of What’s To Come Recent US sanctions against China and Russia are signs of the Trump administration’s toughening approach to North Korea. Ironically, these sanctions come on the heels of a UN Security Council resolution imposing new measures against North Korea that the US, China and Russia voted in favor of. Mon, 04 Sep 2017 11:34:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/A-New-Phase-in-the-European-Response-to-Migration-18964 A New Phase in the European Response to Migration? This summer marked an evolution in the joint European response to increasing irregular migration from Africa. Mon, 04 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Yes-Russian-Generals-Are-Preparing-for-War-That-Doesnt-Necessarily-Mean-the-Kremlin-Wants-to-Start-O Yes, Russian Generals Are Preparing for War. That Doesn’t Necessarily Mean the Kremlin Wants to Start One Russia’s annual strategic military exercises are set to begin Sept. 14, but speculation has been mounting for months that the week-long Zapad-2017 war games in Russia and Belarus might be a prelude to some sort of invasion. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:15:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Trumps-Business-Record-in-Russia-Is-Humiliating-18956 Trump's Business Record in Russia Is Humiliating He never had what it takes to negotiate with Moscow. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:58:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russia-weighs-in-on-Bannon-free-White-House-18955 Russia weighs in on Bannon-free White House Steve Bannon’s departure as White House chief strategist was seen coming a mile away, but it is still sending shock waves of speculation over potential policy shifts by US President Donald Trump's administration. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:47:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/A-Regime-With-no-Hegemon-Lessons-from-the-West-and-Cooperation-in-Eurasia-18952 A Regime With no Hegemon? Lessons from the West and Cooperation in Eurasia This summer, the US Congress approved, and President Donald J. Trump signed a bill that made economic warfare against Russia, Iran and the DPRK an integral part of US foreign policy. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:13:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/IAEA-Low-Enriched-Uranium-Bank-Launches-in-Kazakhstan-18950 IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank Launches in Kazakhstan On August 29, the International Atomic Energy Agency Low-Enriched Uranium Bank was officially opened at the Ulba Metallurgical Plant in Ust-Kamenogorsk. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:53:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/IAEA-Low-Enriched-Uranium-Bank-Launches-in-Kazakhstan-18951 IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank Launches in Kazakhstan On August 29, the International Atomic Energy Agency Low-Enriched Uranium Bank was officially opened at the Ulba Metallurgical Plant in Ust-Kamenogorsk. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:53:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/China-sanctions-hint-of-whats-to-come--18947 China sanctions hint of what’s to come Recent US sanctions against China and Russia are signs of the Trump administration's toughening approach to North Korea. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:31:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/We-Are-All-From-Europe-18945 We Are All From Europe “I am not afraid,” chanted the crowd that took to the streets in Barcelona after a van was driven into pedestrians on the Las Ramblas promenade, killing at least 14 people and injuring some 130 others. It was the most dignified and appropriate possible response to a terrorist attack, a firm demonstration of unity that transcended internal divisions. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:30:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Media-and-Pundits-Play-a-Special-Role-in-Stopping-Terror-18944 Media and Pundits Play a Special Role in Stopping Terror Once again, a European city was hit by a terrorist attack. La Rambla of Barcelona, ??a tourist, commercial and entertainment center of the city, suffered a deadly assault. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:36:00 +0300