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/book/Israel-and-Gaza-Determination-vs-Desperation-19708 Israel and Gaza: Determination vs. Desperation The Israel–Hamas conflict threatens to escalate into a new war that could surpass anything seen during the previous operations in the Gaza Strip in terms of the amount of bloodshed. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:19:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Two-Significant-Developments-in-US-Russian-Relations-19707 Two Significant Developments in US-Russian Relations What has emerged over the past year is a two-track US policy: resumption of contacts between the two presidents with a promise of more summits and reopening of discussion channels on a number of issues at the same time as there has been an escalation of sanctions. Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:37:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Germanys-Dangerous-Nuclear-Flirtation-19701 Germany’s Dangerous Nuclear Flirtation Opening a debate on German nuclear armament, as some are advocating, would be the geopolitical equivalent of walking into checkmate. Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:07:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Seven-Capital-Vices-of-China-in-Africa-How-Capital-Are-They-Really-19696 “Seven Capital Vices” of China in Africa: How Capital Are They Really? The recent tenth BRICS Summit in Johannesburg and the forthcoming China-Africa Cooperation Summit in Beijing bring the Chinese-African relations to the center of political and academic discussions. Tue, 07 Aug 2018 08:31:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/RussiaTurkey-Relations-Need-a-Stronger-Foundation-19695 Russia–Turkey Relations Need a Stronger Foundation Relations between Russia and Turkey have always been and will always be a controversial subject. Even over the last couple of years, this relationship experienced dramatic ups and downs, sudden U-turns from cooperation to confrontation and back to cooperation. Fri, 03 Aug 2018 10:45:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Chances-for-a-New-Peace-of-Westphalia-19693 Chances for a New “Peace of Westphalia”? The situation which we now observe in the world, as far as the major political players are concerned, will probably continue for an unusually long time. Familiar protagonists-the current leaders-are set to retain their leading roles on the world stage: Putin for another 6 years, Merkel for nearly four more years, Macron for even longer, President Xi as long as he wishes to stay... Wed, 01 Aug 2018 18:45:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/US--Russia-Relations-and-a-Second-Trump-Putin-Summit-19691 U.S.- Russia Relations and a Second Trump-Putin Summit Just days after what was widely regarded in the United States as an abysmal performance by President Trump in Helsinki, the White House disclosed an invitation for President Putin to visit Washington. That has led to numerous negative reactions, from Democrats and Republicans alike, for whom a second summit seems likely to be a setback for U.S. interests. Fri, 27 Jul 2018 12:12:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Donald-Trump-as-Champion-of-Summits-Behind-the-Washington-Mainstream-19689 Donald Trump as Champion of Summits. Behind the Washington Mainstream If we look at the US president Donald Trump’s behavior during the press conference in Helsinki on July 16, 2018, the relationship between him and Vladimir Putin can be considered as stable and confident. Wed, 25 Jul 2018 11:54:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/We-are-in-a-very-very-grave-period-19688 ‘We are in a very, very grave period’ The grand consigliere of American diplomacy talks about Putin, the new world order — and the meaning of Trump Tue, 24 Jul 2018 12:45:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/redcol/Shadows-Over-the-Putin-Trump-Summit-19687 Shadows Over the Putin-Trump Summit The U.S. president probably expected to declare that he had a “very good” meeting with the formidable Vladimir Putin and had achieved what none of his White House predecessors had. Instead, Donald Trump’s performance, particularly at the press conference, inflicted on him accusations of na?vet? and even treason, and his retractions hardly repaired the damage. This is disquieting news for Putin: instead of a much needed defrosting of U.S.-Russian relations, America's anti-Russia policy may get harder still. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:09:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Sanctions-Give-America-Zero-Leverage-in-Punishing-Russia-19686 Sanctions Give America Zero Leverage in Punishing Russia As Trump prepares to meet Vladimir Putin, there is no sign that he has absorbed the lessons of multiple rounds of Western sanctions against Russia since 2014. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:38:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Helsinki-Summit-the-Beginning-of-a-Journey-19685 The Helsinki Summit: the Beginning of a Journey The long-awaited meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump has finally happened. The very fact that the meeting took place is a very positive development in international affairs. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:36:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Putin-Trump-the-Real-Test-Will-Come-in-the-Implementation-Phase-After-the-Summit-Is-Over-19680 Putin-Trump: the Real Test Will Come in the Implementation Phase After the Summit Is Over The most likely outcome of the Putin-Trump summit is that both Presidents will declare it a success and agree that their officials will begin work on resolving a number of difficult issues. But the real test will come in the implementation phase after the summit is over. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:15:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Art-of-Expectation-Management-19679 The Art of Expectation Management It is evident that Vladimir Putin yearns for a meeting with Donald Trump. He has always desired this meeting — since the day Trump had won the presidential election in November of 2016. The Kremlin would have apparently preferred an early summit to take place in spring of last year. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:12:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/redcol/Trump-Putin-meeting-in-Helsinki-might-solve-Syrian-crisis-19674 Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki might solve Syrian crisis Russia and the United States have very different approaches and goals in the Middle East, but they could lead to a solution in Syria. Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:02:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/How-to-Reduce-Nuclear-Risks-in-Helsinki-19673 How to Reduce Nuclear Risks in Helsinki Presidents Trump and Putin will finally meet next week in Helsinki for a bilateral summit. Throughout the Cold War, summits between US and Soviet leaders were overwhelmingly welcomed in both countries and the world as an opportunity to reduce tensions. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:15:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Russia-US-Summit-Skepticism-but-Cautious-Hope-19654 The Russia-US Summit: Skepticism but Cautious Hope The announcement that President Donald Trump will meet President Vladimir Putin on 16 July in Helsinki met considerable skepticism in the US. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 07:32:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Despite-the-Helsinki-Summit-the-Hybrid-War-Is-Here-to-Stay-19652 Despite the Helsinki Summit, the Hybrid War Is Here to Stay Since 2014, Russia and the US have been engaged in a hybrid war, characterized by conflict in financial, technological, and ideological spheres. Regardless of the results of the summit, this hybrid war is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. However, the relationship can and must be stabilized through clear understanding by both parties of the other side’s behavior and motivations Fri, 06 Jul 2018 10:56:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Mission-Possible-US-State-Secretary-Goes-to-Pyongyang-Again-19651 Mission Possible? US State Secretary Goes to Pyongyang Again On July 5, 2018, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his visit to North Korea. According to Washington, at a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un he would seek Pyongyang’s agreement on a denuclearization “road map.” Fri, 06 Jul 2018 10:50:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/It-is-not-Russia-that-is-shaping-this-world-order-it-is-history-19649 It is not Russia that is shaping this world order, it is history. Foreign Minister S.Lavrov’s interview with Channel 4, Moscow, June 29, 2018 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 11:32:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Peace-in-Afghanistan-The-Duty-of-Afghanistans-Region-19648 Peace in Afghanistan: The Duty of Afghanistan’s Region In the short term, the war in Afghanistan will be chiefly not a military struggle but a test of American political stamina and of the capacity of the Afghan elites to maintain a minimally consensual state in Kabul. Tue, 03 Jul 2018 09:21:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russia-US-Summit-Not-Only-Russians-Are-the-Slow-Starters-19647 Russia-US Summit: Not Only Russians Are the Slow Starters Not only the Russians are the slow starters who drive fast. It appears that this is true of the Americans as well. In any case, one can’t help getting this impression amid the flurry of reports about the upcoming summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Of course, we can only speculate on its outcomes until it actually takes place. Tue, 03 Jul 2018 09:19:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Why-the-World-is-Not-Becoming-Multipolar-19642 Why the World is Not Becoming Multipolar Multilateralism Instead of Multipolarity Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:10:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Rise-of-China-and-Its-Implications-for-Global-Development-and-Stability-19641 The Rise of China and Its Implications for Global Development and Stability China’s rise has changed the global landscape. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:05:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/The-New-Global-Governance-Towards-a-More-Sustainable-Framework-19646 The New Global Governance: Towards a More Sustainable Framework Faced with threats ranging from climate change to hugely disruptive technological advances, the world is clearly at a crossroads. More than ever a stable, inclusive and global governance is needed. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 08:37:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/John-Bolton-heads-to-Moscow-to-discuss-Trump-Putin-meeting---and-possible-World-Cup-visit-19637 John Bolton heads to Moscow to discuss Trump-Putin meeting - and possible World Cup visit Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton is travelling to Moscow to discuss a meeting between the US president and Vladimir Putin that could coincide with the World Cup final. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 10:31:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/These-are-the-Benefits-of-a-US-Russia-Summit-19634 These are the Benefits of a U.S.-Russia Summit Presidents Trump and Putin appear set to hold a summit meeting in July. This will be their third in-person meeting even though both leaders have made statements about how they have a positive working relationship and that they have spoken often by phone. Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:22:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Western-Crack-Up-19632 The Western Crack-Up By imposing tariffs on US allies and cozying up to brutal dictators such as North Korea's Kim Jong-un, US President Donald Trump is sowing deep mistrust within the West. But if Trump thinks a divide-and-rule strategy can "make America great again," he is in for a rude awakening. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:02:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Turkey-Russia-Relations-Backgammon-vs-Chess-19631 Turkey-Russia Relations: Backgammon vs Chess What Putin knows is that Turkey is “forced to go to the hands of Russia” as never ever before since World War II. It is up to President Putin to encounter this proposal. Turkey made a move like in chess, and now it is up to chess master Putin what move he will do. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:58:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/pubcol/Ideology-of-Eastward-Turn-19628 Ideology of Eastward Turn The first phase of Russia’s turn towards rising Asia is gaining momentum – the Far East’s rate of development is twice the national average. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:34:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Not-to-Disappear-One-by-One-19625 Not to Disappear One by One Vladimir Putin’s visit to China and the simultaneous G7 summit in Canada created an unprecedentedly hard background for comparison. The US president’s public denunciation of his Western allies and his refusal to sign the G7 summit’s final statement have only emphasized the stability and promise of Russian-Chinese cooperation. Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:55:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Putins-Economic-Dilemma-19624 Putin’s Economic Dilemma Despite Western sanctions and oil-price volatility, Russia is currently on sturdier economic footing than most of its critics ever could have imagined just a few years ago. But while prudent fiscal and monetary policies have laid the groundwork for long-term sustainable growth, the government must resist the temptation of short-term stimulus. Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:41:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Fighting-Sanctions-From-Legislation-to-Strategy-19622 Fighting Sanctions: From Legislation to Strategy President Vladimir Putin has signed federal law "On Measures (Countermeasures) Against Unfriendly Actions of the United States of America and Other Foreign Countries." The State Duma is also discussing sanctions-related amendments to the Criminal Code. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:57:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/redcol/Russia-can-be-the-honest-broker-in-Korean-diplomacy-19620 Russia can be the honest broker in Korean diplomacy Only joint efforts with US, China, North and South Korea will bring a lasting deal Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:10:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/World-Cup-2018-Behind-the-scenes-on-Putins-oil-deals-and-diplomatic-wrangling-19619 World Cup 2018: Behind the scenes on Putin's oil deals and diplomatic wrangling ‘We have to convince people that Russia is a normal country, not the caricature published in Western newspapers’ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:06:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Everyone-Wins-Russia-China-and-the-Trump-Kim-Summit-19618 Everyone Wins: Russia, China, and the Trump-Kim Summit The summit of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore brought the Korean peninsula closer to peace, but it was more about symbolism than substance. Its most important outcome is to bring North Korea out of diplomatic isolation—something that is welcome to both China and Russia. Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:05:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Decentralization-of-Ukraine-Spells-New-Challenges-to-Canonical-Orthodoxy-19617 Decentralization of Ukraine Spells New Challenges to Canonical Orthodoxy Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:48:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Defying-Stereotypes-19616 Defying Stereotypes Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:39:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Existential-Alternative-for-Europe-19615 Existential Alternative for Europe? Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:27:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/The-Global-Resurgence-of-Economic-Nationalism-19614 The Global Resurgence of Economic Nationalism Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:19:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/The-Turkish-Model-in-Historical-Perspective-19613 The “Turkish Model” in Historical Perspective Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:39:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Self-Identity-of-Borderland-19612 Self-Identity of Borderland Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:23:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Europeanism-or-Nationalism-19611 Europeanism or Nationalism? Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:11:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Two-Non-Russias-19610 Two “Non-Russias” Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Transformation-of-the-Big-Narrative--19609 Transformation of the Big Narrative Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:52:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/The-Frontline-Is-the-Past-19607 The Frontline Is the Past Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:32:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/What-Has-Happened-to-Ukraine-19606 What Has Happened to Ukraine Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:54:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Variables-and-Constants-19605 Variables and Constants This issue differs from the previous ones, as our readers have probably noticed. The more chaotic the international situation is and the more absurd its manifestations are, the more in-depth and stricter approach is needed in order to figure everything out. Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:43:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Moscows-Maghreb-Moment-19603 Moscow’s Maghreb Moment Russia is regaining influence in North Africa thanks to weapons, energy, and trade. Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:37:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Top-Russian-pundit-calls-for-Palestine-talks-in-Moscow-19600 Top Russian pundit calls for Palestine talks in Moscow In an interview with the influential Russian daily Izvestiya, the well-known “Orientalist” scholar and establishment figure, Vitaly Naumkin, has floated the startling idea that Moscow must play a role in resolving the Palestinian problem. Sat, 09 Jun 2018 10:42:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/China-and-the-US-in-Asia-Four-Scenarios-for-the-Future-19599 China and the US in Asia: Four Scenarios for the Future Even if we exclude the Middle East, which is hugely important for the region, Asia remains a far greater, far more complex, and far more fragmented continent than Europe. There are no thousands of years of common history, no clearly dominant religion, no apparent analogue to “European values.” Sat, 09 Jun 2018 10:35:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Truth-Without-Borders-Why-Faking-a-Journalists-Death-Wont-Help-Ukraine-19593 Truth Without Borders: Why Faking a Journalist’s Death Won’t Help Ukraine As the world debates the danger of manipulating public opinion through fake news, Ukraine has created a false narrative of global significance. Blurring the borders of truth is unlikely to help Ukraine in the long run. But the country’s desire for a spectacular victory over its enemy outweighed other concerns. Wed, 06 Jun 2018 09:09:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Revival-of-the-Caliphate-Soon-or-Even-Sooner-19592 Revival of the Caliphate: Soon or Even Sooner? The post-ISIS period in Syria has never meant the beginning of a post-conflict stage. On the Syrian theatre, there are still problems related to the need for political transformation and return of the refugees, as well as overthrowing separate ISIS and former Jabhat al-Nusrah terrorist entities. Wed, 06 Jun 2018 09:05:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Amid-Russiagate-Hysteria-What-Are-the-Facts-19589 Amid ‘Russiagate’ Hysteria, What Are the Facts? We must end this Russophobic insanity. Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:24:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/How-the-Enlightenment-Ends-19587 How the Enlightenment Ends Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence. Mon, 04 Jun 2018 11:09:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Royalties-for-Security-On-the-Polish-Initiative-of-Hosting-a-US-Military-Base-19583 Royalties for Security: On the Polish Initiative of Hosting a US Military Base On the eve of the NATO summit, to be held in Brussels in July, the Polish Ministry of Defense issued an interesting report, titled “Proposal for a U.S. Permanent Presence in Poland”. Thu, 31 May 2018 17:44:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russias-Westernization-and-a-New-Cold-War-19578 Russia’s Westernization and a New “Cold War” The idea that Russians were in love with the West was quite popular during the Gorbachev and early Yeltsin eras. Still, as time progressed, Western observers’ views became increasingly gloomier, especially after the Ukraine crisis. Tue, 29 May 2018 15:28:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Indo-Pacific-or-Community-of-Common-Destiny-19577 Indo-Pacific or Community of Common Destiny? Changes on the international level are constant and never-ending; sometimes they are almost imperceptible, but sometimes they are quite dramatic in nature. The next fifteen to twenty years, however, would seem to portend something special: the new world order for the distant future, indeed right up to the end of the present century, is at stake. Tue, 29 May 2018 15:23:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Loneliness-of-the-Half-Breed-19575 The Loneliness of the Half-Breed Russia had spent four centuries moving East and then another four centuries moving West. Attempts to take root failed in either case. Both roads were tried. These days the demand will be for third-way ideologies, third-type civilizations, a third world, a third Rome… Mon, 28 May 2018 14:27:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Rising-Role-of-South-South-Integration-19572 The Rising Role of South-South Integration In the past several decades global trade experienced notable fluctuations, with the post-2007 period in particular exhibiting negative trends amid rising protectionist pressures. Thu, 24 May 2018 09:45:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/Infrastructure-Connectivity-and-Political-Stability-in-Eurasia-19571 Infrastructure Connectivity and Political Stability in Eurasia The country’s geographic location largely predetermines its foreign policy, as well as the trajectory of its socioeconomic development. However, even the most negative geographical limitations can be overcome via connectivity and compatibility that are the passport to the success of Eurasian integration. Thu, 24 May 2018 09:37:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/New-US-Eurasian-Strategy-and-Central-Asia-19567 New US Eurasian Strategy and Central Asia Despite the political and administrative chaos in Washington, the US is crystallizing its foreign policy strategy for the next few years. Tue, 22 May 2018 10:08:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Can-Moscow-Mediate-Between-Israel-and-Iran-in-Syria-19564 Can Moscow Mediate Between Israel and Iran in Syria? As tensions between Iran and Israel rise to new heights, Russia finds itself in a tricky position—trying to balance between two states that are friendly with Moscow but mortal enemies to each other. Mon, 21 May 2018 10:08:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Liberum-Veto-and-the-Monkey-and-the-Pea-19563 Liberum Veto and the Monkey and the Pea To paraphrase the beginning of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina: all effective structures are alike; each ineffective structure is ineffective in its own way. Mon, 21 May 2018 10:05:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Trumps-Move-on-Iran-Deal-Raises-Prominence-of-Putin-Merkel-Meeting-19562 Trump’s Move on Iran Deal Raises Prominence of Putin-Merkel Meeting Donald Trump’s reckless policy vis-?-vis Iran has substantially changed the originally not very promising agenda of the Putin-Merkel meeting in Sochi on May 18, Hans-Joachim Spanger writes. Thu, 17 May 2018 14:34:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/A-Russian-View-on-Americas-Withdrawal-from-the-Iran-Deal-19560 A Russian View on America’s Withdrawal from the Iran Deal Moscow sees the move as a harbinger of what's to come: a return to multipolarity. Wed, 16 May 2018 10:27:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Searching-for-a-new-foundation-for-German-Russian-relations-19559 Searching for a new foundation for German-Russian relations Relations between Germany and Russia have always been fundamental for (peace and stability) Europe — whether in a negative way, for example remembering the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact on the eve of the Second World War, or in a positive way, as in the management of German unification, the end of the Soviet Union and the eastern enlargement of the EU. Wed, 16 May 2018 10:23:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/New-Prime-Minister-of-Armenia-Changing-Sneakers-into-Oxford-Shoes--19554 New Prime Minister of Armenia: Changing Sneakers into Oxford Shoes The first phase of internal political turmoil in Armenia has successfully come to an end on May 8th by the election of Mr Nikol Pashinyan at a special session of the national parliament as the next Prime Minister of Armenia. The second one starts now as the new Prime Minister will have to form his Cabinet (within 15 days) and submit his Cabinet program to the National Assembly for confirmation (20 days after the Cabinet is formed). Thu, 10 May 2018 23:38:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Day-the-United-Nations-Ceased-to-Exist-19550 The Day the United Nations Ceased to Exist Tensions in Syria continued to escalate throughout 2019. Hostilities were stepped up again throughout the country and the conflict’s total toll approached a million. A new wave of Syrian refugees swept through Turkey and flooded Europe. Russia blocked US and British resolutions on enforcing peace on Damascus in the UN Security Council nine times. Thu, 10 May 2018 10:06:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Day-the-United-Nations-Ceased-to-Exist-19547 The Day the United Nations Ceased to Exist Tensions in Syria continued to escalate throughout 2019. Hostilities were stepped up again throughout the country and the conflict’s total toll approached a million. A new wave of Syrian refugees swept through Turkey and flooded Europe. Russia blocked US and British resolutions on enforcing peace on Damascus in the UN Security Council nine times. Fri, 04 May 2018 08:25:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Will-Russia-provide-the-new-Kissinger-for-Iran-Israel-diplomacy-19545 Will Russia provide the 'new Kissinger' for Iran-Israel diplomacy? Moscow works back channels between Tehran and Jerusalem; hard-line Saudi stance toward Iran adheres to Wahhabi line favored by concervative clerics. Thu, 03 May 2018 08:01:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/A-US-Withdrawal-from-Syria-19544 A US Withdrawal from Syria? President Donald Trump’s decision to launch missile attacks against Syrian chemical weapons targets has done little to dispel fears among some US allies, and some in the American foreign policy establishment, that Trump may follow through on his March statement that America would be “coming out of Syria, like, very soon.” Sat, 28 Apr 2018 13:50:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/How-to-Survive-in-a-Trench-Warfare-19539 How to Survive in a Trench Warfare The next six-year cycle of Russia’s foreign policy does not promise any easy victories. The previous six years could be likened to a breakneck cavalry charge against a complacent enemy. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:43:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Armenia-Why-Has-Vladimir-Putin-Not-Intervened-So-Far-and-Will-He--19538 Armenia: Why Has Vladimir Putin Not Intervened So Far and Will He? The resignation of Armenia’s Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan after more than a week of mass protests in Russia’s backyard begs the question: Why has Moscow not intervened so far? Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:58:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/pubcol/No-Need-to-Wait-for-an-Attack-the-Threat-of-War-Is-in-the-Air-19534 No Need to Wait for an Attack, the Threat of War Is in the Air “Russia and China need to think about creating a joint strategy to strengthen peace. There is no need to wait for someone’s attack – the threat of war in the air,” Valdai Club expert Sergei Karaganov, who takes part in the Russian-Chinese conference in Shanghai. Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:22:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russia-and-China-The-Challenges-of-Excellent-Relations-19529 Russia and China: The Challenges of Excellent Relations The Russian-Chinese relations can be called excellent. However, this is what makes one think very seriously about the future of these relations. It is the main problem of any success: having achieved something, one always has to stop and think what to do next. Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:16:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Iran-FM-Trump-administration-never-in-nuclear-deal-19525 Iran FM: Trump administration 'never in' nuclear deal If President Donald Trump withholds the next round of Iran sanctions waivers due May 12, effectively exiting the nuclear deal, Tehran could resume its nuclear program “in a much more advanced way.” Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:45:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/What-is-going-on-in-Yerevan-19510 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/A-Pyrrhic-Victory-the-History-of-the-Sanctions-War-Against-Iran-19509 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-New-Cold-War-Is-Boiling-Over-in-Syria-19505 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/New-Tripartite-Aggression-in-Syria-Brings-Mixed-Results-19501 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Unwanted-Ally-Russia-and-the-Future-of-the-Anti-Terrorist-Coalition-19496 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Southern-Vector-Russias-Need-to-Upgrade-Its-Policy-in-the-South-Caucasus-19495 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Do-Russian-Iranian-Relations-Constitute-a-Strategic-Partnership-19481 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Wests-Two-Wars-and-Modern-International-Politics-19479 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/-19475 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Ball-Game-Strategic-Communication-During-Russia-West-Confrontation-19472 “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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Four-Simple-Questions-About-Expulsions-of-Russian-Diplomats-19469 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Return-of-the-Dungeons-of-the-Seven-Towers-19468 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Integration-Platforms-of-the-Global-South-19463 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/De-dollarization-in-the-EAEU-Member-States-Key-Trends-and-Prospects-19507 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/The-Belt-and-Road-Initiative-and-Its-Impact-on-Europe-19500 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russias-Post-Election-Foreign-Policy-New-Challenges-New-Horizons-19458 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Liberal-World-Order-RIP-19455 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russia-and-Ukraine-From-Brothers-to-Neighbors-19452 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/pubcol/The-Wests-Unilateral-Cold-War-19449 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/redcol/Back-to-Balance-New-Weapons-As-Effective-Deterrence-19448 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/The-Guns-of-April-Or-the-Return-of-Strategic-Frivolity-19447 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Worse-Than-During-the-Cold-War-19446 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 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Russias-Foreign-Policy-in-a-Historical-Perspective-19445 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