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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ‘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 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 Eurasia: Doomed to Division? The past two or three years have witnessed unprecedented interest in Eurasia. Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:51:00 +0300 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 How to Tame the Cyber Beast? A decade ago it was possible to say that cyber was a promising new topic, which had the potential to stay beyond the realm of politics. Today, not so much. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:00:00 +0300 How the EU Needs to Manage Relations With Its Eastern Neighborhood The EU must engage prudently with its Eastern European neighbors to encourage progress toward rules-based democratic governance while supporting their sovereignty in their dealings with Russia. Fri, 25 Aug 2017 07:43:00 +0300 Russia weighs its role as arbiter in Libya After being absent from the divided Libyan political landscape for months, Moscow again made headlines by hosting Gen. Khalifa Hifter for a three-day visit earlier this month, meeting with the foreign and defense ministers, his usual Russian interlocutors. Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:17:00 +0300 Looking out Five Years: Ideological, Geopolitical, and Economic Drivers of Russian Foreign Policy Putin has embraced patriotism and Eurasianism, but Russia must soon confront economic, security, and demographic headwinds, as well as the imperative of reform. Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:30:00 +0300 Eastern Europe is Heating up Berlin’s current frustration with Warsaw is a symptom of Eastern Europe’s growing geopolitical importance. The region is attracting attention from two key global players: the United States and China. Germany is mainly concerned with Poland’s rapprochement with the United States and hostility towards Berlin. Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:11:00 +0300 Russia's WTO Membership – Marking the First 5 Years This August Russia is marking its 5th anniversary of WTO membership. As Russians look back at the experience of the past 5 years for many this anniversary is a reminder of the record-long odyssey to join the Club as well as the disillusionment over the lack of dividends after the entry into the organization. Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:44:00 +0300 Daesh Uses the ‘Power of Its Ideology’ to Spread Terror The terrorist attacks in Spain have shown that ISIS is able to spread through the power of its ideology. Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:42:00 +0300 Here's a Breakdown of Russia's Foreign Policy Goals During the 2014 Ukraine crisis, Russia broke from the post–Cold War system and openly challenged U.S. dominance. This effectively ended 25 years of cooperation between great powers and ushered in an era of intense competition. Three years on, Moscow is still in defiance. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:26:00 +0300 Merkel’s Russia Policy Angela Merkel became Chancellor supposedly at a time when there was no longer a German policy vis-?-vis Russia, but an all-European Russia policy. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:06:00 +0300 A Roadmap for U.S.-Russia Relations A Report of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program and the Russian International Affairs Council Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:40:00 +0300 Why the Terrorist Attack in Spain Will Not Be the Last Over the past 24 hours two terrorist attacks happened in Spain. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:22:00 +0300 100 days of Emmanuel Macron: Achievements and Failures In general the first 100 days of Emmanuel Macron in the presidential office are perceived in France as quite successful. Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:06:00 +0300 Will Iran Leave the Nuclear Deal? Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran could break the JCPOA nuclear agreement if Washington imposes new sanctions against Tehran. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:14:00 +0300 In Search of Russian Meddling The Washington Post published an article on contacts between a member of Donald Trump’s campaign headquarters and the Russian International Affairs Council. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:02:00 +0300 Afghanistan: Stabilization Is Far Away The military and political situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate. The daily terrorist attacks, carried out by the Taliban movement and other radical groups, are aimed not only against government and military facilities, but also against the civilians. Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:08:00 +0300 Russia Sanctions and American Splits The latest U.S. sanctions on Moscow and the expulsion of U.S. diplomats from Russia are not only hurting relations with Russia but also causing divisions between Western politicians. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:50:00 +0300 Orban’s vision of a new Europe will struggle to succeed Hungarian PM is preoccupied with battling Brussels as country’s citizens lose faith. Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:05:00 +0300 North Korea Crisis: Serious Diplomacy Needed The crisis with North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme is often compared to the similar confrontation the international community had with Iran. It would be encouraging if we could expect a similar outcome. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:16:00 +0300 America's Ukraine Hypocrisy There is an abundance of outrage in the United States about Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Such umbrage might be more credible if the United States refrained from engaging in similar conduct. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:17:00 +0300 US Attempts to Isolate Iran Still Fail While Russia and the European Union firmly support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue, the United States is trying by means of sanctions to provoke Iran to move away from the provisions of the nuclear deal, and then blame it for the failure of the Vienna agreements. Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:47:00 +0300 The Lessons of Islamic State The defeat of Islamic State is apparent. What next, then? Islamic extremism will come full circle. Having failed to preserve Islamic State, the extremists will focus on punishing their “offenders” by returning to the methods previously employed by al-Qaeda. Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:16:00 +0300 What Chinese Naval Base in Djibouti Means The recent official opening of the Chinese military base in Djibouti should be seen in the context of the Chinese naval presence expansion in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean and the coming change of China’s role in global and regional security. Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:18:00 +0300 Russia’s Eurasian Model of Modernization As Russia’s literary classicists claimed, the most important issue for Russia is a sense of direction and in today’s context this is exactly what is lacking in Russia’s economic policy paradigm. Wed, 02 Aug 2017 15:13:00 +0300 US-UK Free Trade Deal: the Beginning of Something New? Any free trade deal between the United Kingdom and the United States, if it ever were to happen, is still many years off. Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:39:00 +0300 The U.S. in Central Asia: between «С5+1» and «Make America Great Again» October 30 to November 3, 2015, was marked by the first large-scale visit made by the U.S. Secretary of State to Central Asia, covering all five countries of the region. Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:03:00 +0300 From Liberal Globalisation to Economic Nationalism? The election of Donald Trump, the UK’s exit from the European Union, and strong challenges to the current ruling elites by populist parties in France, Greece, Holland, Hungary and Poland confront the neo-liberal ruling elites. These social movements, universally dubbed as ‘populist’, offer an electoral choice but we remain puzzled as to what policies they are likely to implement. Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:08:00 +0300 The US Tests Europe for Strength Possible US sanctions against participants, investors, creditors, suppliers of goods or services for Russian export projects - that is, against a wide range of the European energy, technological, industrial, engineering, logistics and service companies and financial institutions - form a new tectonic rift between Brussels and Washington. Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:02:00 +0300 Turkey and the EU: Divergent Forever? The EU's foreign policy is aimed to promote liberal values, therefore in order to "teach a lesson" to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the Europeans are ready to further exacerbate relations with Ankara, even to the detriment of themselves. Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:56:00 +0300 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