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/The-Disruptor-19380 The Disruptor Russia seeks to exploit divisions in the West. But how big is the threat? Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:05:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Central-European-paradox-19379 The Central European paradox The paradox of liberal democracy is that citizens are freer, but they feel powerless. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:02:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-EU-Companies-May-Be-Affected-by-the-New-US-Sanctions-19377 The EU Companies May Be Affected by the New US Sanctions Is friendship possible when it comes to international relations and bilateral ties? Should a state consider interests of its counterpart when making big decisions? Even though the US and the EU are seen as an inseparable duo, at times their approaches to international challenges differ. Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:29:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Power-of-Dialogue-in-a-Disrupted-World-19370 The Power of Dialogue in a Disrupted World In the second decade of the twenty-first century, geopolitical challenges are combining with technologically-driven disruptions to create new, immensely complex global problems. But while the challenges confronting us today are unlike anything seen before, overcoming them demands the same age-old solution: good-faith dialogue. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:33:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/What-Are-Irans-Primary-Interests-in-the-Region-and-Is-It-Ready-to-Secure-Them-19369 What Are Iran’s Primary Interests in the Region and Is It Ready to Secure Them? In order to better understand Iran’s regional interests, one should consider Iran’s view toward the main hot-points in the Middle East, which, together define the nature of interactions between various regional and trans-regional actors in the whole region. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:23:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/European-Union-Runs-for-Life-with-Integration-of-Western-Balkans-19367 European Union Runs for Life with Integration of Western Balkans The European Union, based on the past years’ experience, decided to take an unexpected step: one of these days the geostrategic goal was defined, and this is integration of the Western Balkans. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:43:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Can-Geneva-build-on-Syrian-peace-talks-in-Sochi-19347 Can Geneva build on Syrian peace talks in Sochi? Russia's congress on Syria can boast some achievements, but it also leaves plenty for Geneva to resolve. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:13:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Militarizing-the-Confrontation-Risks-of-the-New-US-Nuclear-Posture-Review-19346 Militarizing the Confrontation: Risks of the New US Nuclear Posture Review During the last four years, Russian-American confrontation has been mostly confined to the political, information and economic (sanctions) areas and has been minimal in terms of the military. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:11:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russias-retaliation-for-downed-jet-has-just-begun-19342 Russia's retaliation for downed jet has just begun Russia responded quickly and fiercely to the Feb. 3 downing of an Su-25 jet over Syria's Idlib province and the subsequent shooting death of its pilot. Shortly after the incident, the Russian Defense Ministry ordered precision missile strikes on the area and claimed to have killed at least 30 militants. Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:06:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/How-Should-Russia-Respond-to-an-Adversarial-West-19341 How Should Russia Respond to an Adversarial West? This year is the beginning of a new cycle in Russia’s foreign policy. The result of the upcoming presidential election is quite certain: Polls indicate Vladimir Putin has enormous public support. Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:03:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Confrontation-Between-the-West-and-Russia-A-Tale-of-Concentric-Circles-19340 The Confrontation Between the West and Russia: A Tale of Concentric Circles Much like Europeans do not fully grasp the angst generated by prospects of Western-incited regime change in Russia, Russians dismiss far too easily how toxic in the EU is Moscow’s political and financial backing of European extreme right-wing movements. Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:58:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Highs-and-Lows-Russias-Foreign-Policy-at-the-start-of-2018-19335 Highs and Lows: Russia’s Foreign Policy at the start of 2018 The most memorable developments in Russia’s foreign policy in the past year include a breakthrough in the Middle East; a further escalation of the confrontation with the United States; continued alienation from Europe; and a tactical advance in Asia. Russia has significantly expanded its foreign policy arsenal, but there is still a sharp contrast between the country’s foreign policy ambitions and the limited capabilities of its economy. Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:41:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Syrian-Congress-in-Sochi-Too-Much-Too-Soon-19334 The Syrian Congress in Sochi: Too Much Too Soon The Syrian National Congress was held in Sochi on January 30 and reportedly gathered close to 1,500 Syrians to kick-start the national dialogue by giving platform to the broader Syrian community. Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:37:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russian-Approaches-to-the-United-States-Algorithm-Change-Is-Overdue-19332 Russian Approaches to the United States: Algorithm Change Is Overdue The usual “top-down” algorithm of Russian-American relations will not work under Trump. Hence, it is necessary to change drastically the algorithm – to start building relationships on the “bottom-up” principle. Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:11:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/A-Winter-Thaw-on-the-Korean-Peninsula-19331 A Winter Thaw on the Korean Peninsula Throughout the history of the modern Olympic Games, the event has served as a platform for nationalism, but also for advancing peace and human dignity in the spirit of friendly competition. When the Games begin next month on the tumultuous Korean Peninsula, one hopes the legacy of peacemaking and rapprochement prevails. Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:10:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/redcol/WEF-2018-Everybody-First-19330 WEF-2018: Everybody First If America, with its power, influence, capabilities and share in the world economy proclaims itself "First", it thereby sets the tone. So everyone will have to follow it and also to become "first of all." It's hardly worth to be glad about it. But we must be ready. Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:54:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russia-and-Europe-From-Romanticism-to-Pragmatism-19329 Russia and Europe: From Romanticism to Pragmatism Moscow and Brussels are to keep pace moving forward Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:50:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/International-Security-and-Turbid-Waters-of-Cyberspace-19328 International Security and «Turbid Waters» of Cyberspace Among many topics, cyberspace issues occupy a special place on the current agenda. Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:46:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/US-Sanctions-Against-Russia-Useless-Lists-The-Future-of-Article-241-19327 US Sanctions Against Russia: Useless Lists? The Future of Article 241 The US Treasury Department submitted a list of Russian “oligarchs” to Congress. This was done under PL 115-44 (CAATSA) adopted on August 2, 2017. Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:43:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/US-Russia-Turkey-Dynamics-in-Syria-After-Olive-Branch-One-Door-Closes-Another-Opens-19323 US-Russia-Turkey Dynamics in Syria After ‘Olive Branch’: One Door Closes, Another Opens In recent months, the Kremlin’s priorities in Syria have shifted from fighting a long war to seeking a quick peace. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:31:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Era-of-American-Stasis-19322 The Era of American Stasis Yet again, in the United States, large parts of the government are facing shutdown because of deadlock in the US Senate – the only country in the developed world where this kind of thing happens. How on earth has a country which for so long was a model for democracy, good government and modernity in general got itself into this mess? Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:12:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Towards-Grand-Coalition-How-the-Agenda-of-German-Social-Democrats-Has-Evolved-19319 Towards ‘Grand Coalition’: How the Agenda of German Social Democrats Has Evolved The future of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) depends on the coalition with Christian Democrats. But it is no less important for the political future of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:10:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Arab-World-Between-Violence-and-Consensus-19318 The Arab World: Between Violence and Consensus Perhaps the most significant element of the socio-political life of the region during those years, at least to the outside observer, was violence. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:02:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/UN-Security-Council-Should-Stop-a-Bloodbath-and-Declare-Afrin-and-Northern-Syria-a-Safe-Haven-19315 UN Security Council Should Stop a Bloodbath and Declare Afrin and Northern Syria a ‘Safe Haven’ The Kurds after their setbacks in the aftermath of their independence referendum of 25th of September in 2017 in Iraq are facing another tragedy, but this time in Afrin in the western part of Kurdistan called Rojava. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:50:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Securing-the-Digital-Transition-19313 Securing the Digital Transition Within a few decades, the Internet has transformed the global economy and rendered the old Westphalian order increasingly obsolete. But without a new governance framework to manage cyber threats and abuses, what has been a boon to globalization could become its undoing. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:30:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/redcol/Trumps-defense-strategy-is-perfect-for-Russia-19312 Trump’s defense strategy is perfect for Russia Trump's strategy pushes confrontation with Russia, and Moscow is pleased. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:23:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Trumps-First-Year-in-Office-the-Impact-Is-Profound-and-Controversial-19309 Trump’s First Year in Office: the Impact Is Profound and Controversial Donald Trump enters the second year of his presidency as one of the most controversial politicians in the US history. Opinions vary greatly, but one thing is clear: the past year has been marked by fundamental changes in the United States’ domestic and foreign policy, with many results of the previous administration virtually wiped out. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:54:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russias-Changing-Relations-with-the-West-Prospects-for-a-New-Hybrid-System-19308 Russia's Changing Relations with the West: Prospects for a New Hybrid System At the end of 2016, both the political and expert communities in Russia appeared to be very pessimistic about the future of the world order in general, and the about the future of the West in particular. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:37:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Contrary-to-Expectations-US-Russian-Relations-Deteriorate-Under-President-Trump-19302 Contrary to Expectations, US-Russian Relations Deteriorate Under President Trump Donald Trump’s presidency began a year ago with widespread expectations of improvement in U.S.-Russian relations; there was even loose talk of a grand bargain. His first year in office ends, however, with relations in worse shape than he found them. Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:12:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Tragedy-of-Russian-Foreign-Policy-Book-Review-Different-Times-Essays-on-Foreign-Policy-by-Anatol The Tragedy of Russian Foreign Policy. Book Review: “Different Times: Essays on Foreign Policy” by Anatoly Adamishin Russia is neither doomed to have adversarial relations with the West nor destined to have friendly ones with it: it is all in the hands of policymakers who need to learn, also from their own mistakes. Anatoly Adamishin’s book provides them with a rich body of experience to work from. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:26:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Pre-Olympic-Thaw-Comes-As-Good-News-but-What-Next-for-the-Two-Koreas-19294 The Pre-Olympic Thaw Comes As Good News, but What Next for the Two Koreas? On January 1, 2018, the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-un delivered a traditional New Year message, which is perceived as a "task for the current year" and is an important statement from the point of view of determining the country's leadership goals. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:13:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/An-Iron-Fist-in-a-Velvet-Glove-the-Principles-that-Defined-the-American-Age-19293 An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove: the Principles that Defined the American Age In 1918, President of the United States Woodrow Wilson presented a draft peace treaty to Congress aimed at putting an end to four years of bloodshed caused by the First World War. The document differed from the spirit and principles of the peace accords concluded in the history of international relations. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:03:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/redcol/Fuzzy-Alliances-Flexible-Relations-19292 Fuzzy Alliances, Flexible Relations Relations between Russia and the West have reached their lowest point since the Cold War. Unfortunately we cannot be sure that they won’t deteriorate even further. It is time to start to mend ties, but the only consensus view shared by both sides is that business as usual is not an option. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:24:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Is-America-First-19295 Is America First? Late last year, President of the United States Donald Trump presented the country’s new National Security Strategy. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:23:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Comment-of-the-Year-The-Middle-East--Syria--19288 Comment of the Year: The Middle East – Syria It must be stated right from the outset that the outgoing year has failed to bring this long-suffering region either any perceptible change for the better or a consummation of aspirations that provided a powerful impetus to the million-strong protests in the Arab world seven years ago. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:18:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/What-Does-2018-Have-in-Store-for-the-Kremlin-19287 What Does 2018 Have in Store for the Kremlin? How does the world in 2018 look from the Kremlin? Judging from statements and interviews of Russian leaders, the world is not a very cool place these days. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:10:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Can-Movement-Politics-Renew-European-Democracy-19284 Can Movement Politics Renew European Democracy? One might expect diffuse, grassroots movements that emerge from large-scale street protests to be more inclusive, deliberative, and democratic than traditional political parties. But the proliferation of personality-driven movements on both the right and the left in recent years calls that assumption into question. Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:37:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Insights-and-Recommendations-19283 Insights and Recommendations This compilation is meant as a sampling of Graham’s views. The quotes below are divided into categories similar to those in Russia Matters’ news and analysis digests, reflecting the most pertinent topic areas for U.S.-Russian relations broadly and for drivers of the two countries’ policies toward one another. Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:16:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/New-World-Vision-19282 New World Vision The mankind enters an era of critical transformation. The conflict between different political forces is deepening. Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:04:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Combating-Future-Uncertainties-Goals-for-2018-19281 Combating Future Uncertainties: Goals for 2018 Combating future uncertainties is the main task when it comes to forecasting anything. Speaking about international relations, there are two key uncertainties here – the unknown motives of actors in a crisis and the likelihood of spontaneous relevant events. Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:52:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Main-Results-of-2017-Energetic-Russia-and-the-Greater-Eurasia-Community-19276 Main Results of 2017: Energetic Russia and the Greater Eurasia Community The main achievement in Russia’s foreign policy for 2017, and for several years prior to that, has been the development of a strategic concept, for the first time since 1991. The physical embodiment of this concept is the idea of the Greater Eurasian Partnership. Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:52:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/US-Sanctions-Against-Russia-The-Forecast-for-2018-19274 US Sanctions Against Russia: The Forecast for 2018 The US sanctions bill (PL 115-44) offers a clear idea of the parameters and dimensions of the US sanctions policy for 2018. Thu, 28 Dec 2017 08:58:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Irredentism-and-the-Crisis-of-National-Identity-19270 Irredentism and the Crisis of National Identity Irredentism may cause all the risks stemming from the strong identity of a great power and its imperial heritage, which fuels the temptation to regard the modern borders as “casually drawn” and “unfair,” to get mixed with nationalism. This is a very dangerous cocktail. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:46:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Politics-of-Memory-Kiev-Style-19269 Politics of Memory, Kiev Style In the political turmoil of recent years, the Ukrainian authorities have been harshly cracking down on the alternative historical memory kept by millions of people in the country. Even after the loss of Crimea and part of Donbass Ukraine cannot be considered a consolidated nation with one identity and a common view on history. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:38:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/To-Understand-Ukraine-19268 To Understand Ukraine The establishment of independent Ukrainian and Belarusian statehood facilitates the development of Russia’s own national project, which is oriented towards the future, rather than towards the restoration of the past. Its key foreign policy feature is real sovereignty and the freedom of geopolitical maneuvering. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:29:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/A-Tranquilizer-with-a-Scent-of-Gunpowder-19267 A Tranquilizer with a Scent of Gunpowder If the U.S. and NATO continue to step up their activity near Russia’s borders, it would have to take extra measures to ensure the security. As a result, Russia and NATO would wind up as hostages to a security dilemma, and the risk of conflict would rise. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:51:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Strategic-Stability-Revisited-19265 Strategic Stability Revisited There is every reason to argue that the existing approach to strategic stability based on sustaining the state of mutually assured destruction has already become an impediment to the bilateral nuclear weapons reduction regime and is completely unfit for the transition to a multilateral framework of nuclear arms negotiations. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 19:09:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/The-Greater-Evil-19264 The Greater Evil Russia loses the least from a nuclear North Korea. This is why, on the one hand, it should take measures to avoid a conflict, and on the other, pursue a prudent strategy so that a conflict, should it break out, affects Russia less than other geopolitical rivals. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 19:02:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Russia-and-the-US-The-Way-Forward-19263 Russia and the U.S.: The Way Forward Overcoming the legacy of the Cold War, during which several generations grew up, proved much more difficult than was expected. That Russian-U.S. relations have been thrown far back does not meet anyone’s interests, but finding a way out of this impasse will take time, goodwill and breakthrough ideas. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 18:46:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Looking-for-Someone-to-Talk-to-19262 Looking for Someone to Talk to Dialogue (in its original meaning) can hardly be regarded as an effective instrument for handling urgent political crises “right here and now.” Nevertheless, the “strategic,” communicative potential of dialogue, though in little demand today, remains significant. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:49:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/The-Hierarchy-of-Equals-19261 The Hierarchy of Equals Moscow needs to revise its attitude to the key element of the former world order based on the centers of power—the concept of zones of exclusive influence. This will help it neutralize negative processes in the post-Soviet space, a region which it considers a zone of its exclusive influence. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:43:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/The-Death-of-Postmodernism-19260 The Death of Postmodernism The masses became increasingly unruly and unwilling to be led in a “postmodernist” way. The elite cannot accept this. Thus, it was proclaimed that Western “postmodernism” had been overtaken by Russian “postmodernism,” even more cunning and sophisticated. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:33:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/From-Last-to-First-19259 From Last to First? As it aspires to join the elite world club of equal sovereigns, Russia cannot but notice an important fact that no such club actually exists. The simple reason is that the club’s membership is conditioned on mutual transparency and permeability of sovereignties and correlation of sovereign actions with the values understood as the red lines in what one says and does. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:24:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/2017-A-Lost-Year-for-US-Russia-Relations-19258 2017: A Lost Year for U.S.-Russia Relations Any hopes that the incoming Trump administration might have been able to provide a fresh stimulus to improving ties with Russia were quickly smashed almost before the administration took office. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 15:36:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Sooner-or-Later-Well-Find-an-Alternative-to-Capitalism-19256 “Sooner or Later We’ll Find an Alternative to Capitalism” What we should learn from the Russian Revolution as a major event in human history is that it was a concerted effort to get rid of that monster—capitalism. Capitalism produces enormous inequality and, as Marx predicted, misery at the bottom. Mon, 25 Dec 2017 17:37:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Running-Ahead-and-Rolling-Back-19255 Running Ahead and Rolling Back Counterrevolution seizes its enemy’s popular slogans, methods of organizing mass political campaigns, and protest symbols. It must take into account that Great Revolutions, including the Russian ones, have made people accept a revolution as a legitimate way to change an unfair order. Mon, 25 Dec 2017 17:32:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Revolution-War-and-Empire-19254 Revolution, War and Empire Had Russia been one of the victor powers, the post-war order would have been far more stable. Had the Franco-Russian alliance survived to sustain that order, then the rise of Hitler and Europe’s descent into a second great war would very probably have been avoided. Mon, 25 Dec 2017 17:26:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Nothing-Is-Inevitable-19253 “Nothing Is Inevitable” French cultural life of the 19th and the 20th centuries rested on the assumption that the revolution was still unfolding. The same is true, to a far greater extent, of the Russian Revolution. Mon, 25 Dec 2017 17:16:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/Breaking-Out-of-the-Vicious-Circle-19252 Breaking Out of the Vicious Circle Everything seems to have changed in Russia over the past one hundred years. The social and economic systems were scrapped and built anew twice, and the political system was overhauled three times. Yet the answers to the main questions “Who is to blame?” and “What is to be done?” remain pretty much the same as before. Mon, 25 Dec 2017 17:06:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/number/A-Wolfhound-Age-19251 A Wolfhound Age As the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 was drawing nearer, many remembered the magic of numbers and looked forward to hearing a metaphysical echo of those events. Fortunately, no cataclysms occurred, but the important occasion sparked discussions not only on history but also on modernity. In fact, many compare current sociopolitical transformations to those that precipitated the dramatic changes in the early 20th century. Mon, 25 Dec 2017 16:56:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/The-Global-Resurgence-of-Economic-Nationalism-19249 The Global Resurgence of Economic Nationalism Against a background of shifting geoeconomic power from the West to the East, economic nationalism has become the development strategy that allows rising powers to reverse negative asymmetry in interdependent economic relationships. Mon, 25 Dec 2017 11:33:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Poland-Enfant-Terrible-of-Europe-19247 Poland, Enfant Terrible of Europe New Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that after WWII Poland did not receive adequate compensation from Germany for the damage it had suffered and has the right to bring the topic of reparations to the agenda of Polish-German negotiations. Mon, 25 Dec 2017 10:31:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russia-and-the-West-A-New-Cold-War-19246 Russia and the West: A New Cold War? Russia’s conflictual relationship with the West has been described as a Cold War-like confrontation. In reality, these powers are engaged in an asymmetric rivalry, not a Cold War. Mon, 25 Dec 2017 10:05:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/Alt-Right-A-Rise-of-Radical-Alternative-Rightist-Movements-in-the-Trumpist-Framework-19243 Alt-Right: A Rise of Radical Alternative Rightist Movements in the Trumpist Framework Alt-Right incarnation of the right-wing ideology presents a dubious and quite self-contradictive concept. What is more important is that it clearly illustrates the massive ideological and political transformation that alters the political balance in the Western countries. Sat, 23 Dec 2017 21:08:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/valday/Arms-Control-Security-Cooperation-And-US-Russian-Relations-19241 Arms Control, Security Cooperation And U.S.-Russian Relations The crisis in U.S.-Russia relationship jeopardizes existing negotiated arms control regimes and, as a result, strategic stability all over the world. However, a successful dialogue in this field could generate momentum that might help create conditions for U.S. and Russian officials to tackle larger and more ambitious issues. Sat, 23 Dec 2017 19:23:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Between-Eurasia-and-the-Indo-Pacific-Indias-New-Geopolitics-19238 Between Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific: India’s New Geopolitics India’s decision to join a renewed quadrilateral security dialogue with the United States, Japan and Australia on the margins of the East Asia Summit in November 2017 has raised many political eyebrows around the world. Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:37:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russia-Is-The-Honey-Badger-Of-International-Relations-19237 Russia Is The Honey Badger Of International Relations It claws and gnashes well above its weight. It can't kill a lion or an alligator, but it won't run away from them either. The honey badger is Russia in 2017. Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:27:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/When-Washington-Assured-Russia-NATO-Would-Not-Expand-19236 When Washington Assured Russia NATO Would Not Expand How America's failure to honor a 1990 commitment led to many of today's global crises. Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:46:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Does-Trumps-Recognition-of-Jerusalem-as-Israels-Capital-Matter-19233 Does Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Matter? President Trump announced that the U.S. was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and would move the American embassy to that city from Tel Aviv. Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:48:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Military-Alliances-Versus-Collective-Security-19232 Military Alliances Versus Collective Security Having taught international law and politics in the universities of different countries, I have often discussed with my students matters of collective security and collective self-defence, which is sometimes carried out by military alliances. Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:35:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-Far-East-A-Springboard-for-Cooperation-Between-Russia-and-the-Asia-Pacific-region-19229 The Far East: A Springboard for Cooperation Between Russia and the Asia-Pacific region The new strategic priorities of Russia's policy in Asia and the ways of developing economic ties in the region were discussed at the session of the Valdai Club titled "Turning Russia to the East: The Next Decade," which was held on December 14 as part of the Days of the Far East in Moscow. Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:07:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Putins-Plan-for-Syria-19228 Putin's Plan for Syria Russia realizes that with the war waning and reconstruction looming, others will begin to step forward in Syria, including China, Europe, and Japan. Moscow will seek to partner with them to secure a piece of the lucrative reconstruction effort. Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:55:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Where-is-US-Foreign-Policy-Heading-Long-Term-Factors-and-Prospects-19227 Where is US Foreign Policy Heading? Long-Term Factors and Prospects Most foreign policy debates since Donald Trump took over as president a year ago have been dedicated to his unpredictability, inexperience and even his presidential incompetence, or to the strengths of Congress, the establishment and even members of Trump’s administration, who allegedly possess the ability to neutralize his “non-system” impulses. Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:39:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/The-End-of-European-Bilateralisms-Germany-France-and-Russia-19225 The End of European Bilateralisms: Germany, France, and Russia Today German and French positions reflect much more the skepticism ingrained in the EU’s “five guiding principles for relations with Russia” than previous ideas of a strategic partnership with Moscow. Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:30:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Russia-Has-Dissolved-Americas-Uni-Polar-Project-in-the-Middle-East-19224 Russia Has Dissolved America’s Uni-Polar Project in the Middle East The Russian Armed Forces' Chief of Staff announced that “all terrorist units of ISIS on Syrian soil have been destroyed, and the territory is liberated”. Quite an achievement! — brought about by the Syrian Army, by Iran, by Hizbullah, and of course, by Russia’s military forces and its diplomats (the latter playing an important effective part, too). It represents a significant feat of multi-party co-ordination. Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:30:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Can-Europe-Sustain-the-Macron-Moment-19223 Can Europe Sustain the Macron Moment? The European Union's political and economic outlook improved dramatically in 2017, following a year in which the bloc reeled from the United Kingdom's Brexit referendum and Donald Trump's election in the United States. But European leaders must not become complacent in 2018, or the EU could be thrown into crisis yet again the following year. Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:13:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/PONARS-Eurasia/Conditionality-Beyond-Sanctions-19221 Conditionality Beyond Sanctions Identifying and Pursuing Interests in the EU-Russia Relationship. Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:06:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/A-Crisis-of-Perception-and-Reality-in-EU-Russia-Relations-19219 A Crisis of Perception and Reality in EU-Russia Relations EU and Russia do currently live and represent two distinct normative models in the world, and neither is likely to completely prevail over the other. Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:33:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/PONARS-Eurasia/The-Demise-of-Ukraines-Eurasian-Vector-and-the-Rise-of-Pro-NATO-Sentiment--19216 The Demise of Ukraine’s “Eurasian Vector” and the Rise of Pro-NATO Sentiment Before 2014, the majority of Ukrainians did not view the goal of European integration as a “national idea.” Even so, most Ukrainians had positive views about developing relations with and integrating into the EU. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:20:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Belt-and-Road-to-Where-19214 Belt and Road to Where? Setting aside the shortcomings of the Belt and Road concept, the “OBOR hype’ around the world points to a real and fundamental trend — the ascent of China as a truly global economic and military power. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:17:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Moscows-leverage-in-Syria-is-strong-but-limited-19213 Moscow’s leverage in Syria is strong, but limited Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared “a complete victory” over the Islamic State on both banks of the Euphrates River in Syria. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:08:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/How-Trumps-Decision-on-Jerusalem-Can-Give-Momentum-to-Palestinian-Statehood-19212 How Trump’s Decision on Jerusalem Can Give Momentum to Palestinian Statehood The Palestinian response to Donald Trump’s move might take one of two shapes: to give him a chance to develop the “ultimate deal” and present it to the parties in the coming months or to transform the hit into an opportunity to get their right of self-determination in their independent state. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:31:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Moscow-based-think-tank-director-Russias-unexpected-military-victory-in-Syria-19211 Moscow-based think tank director: Russia’s unexpected military victory in Syria One of the main events of 2017 has been the victory won by the Russian armed forces and the Assad government in Syria. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:06:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Armenias-BothAnd-Policy-for-Europe-and-Eurasia-19189 Armenia’s “Both/And” Policy for Europe and Eurasia Four years ago, Armenia’s failure to sign the EU Association Agreement was an early indication of the impending Ukraine crisis. Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:26:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/PONARS-Eurasia/The-European-Missile-Defense-System-and-Russia-Can-There-Be-Dialogue-Rather-Than-an-Arms-Race-19186 The European Missile Defense System and Russia: Can There Be Dialogue Rather Than an Arms Race? The official inauguration of a European missile defense site in Romania in the spring of 2016 triggered a new wave of anti-Western rhetoric in Russia. Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:33:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/PONARS-Eurasia/A-Poisoned-Chalice-19184 A Poisoned Chalice How the Minsk Accords Destabilize Ukraine. Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:56:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/A-BRICS-Framework-for-Africa-Targeting-Regional-Connectivity-19179 A BRICS+ Framework for Africa: Targeting Regional Connectivity As the current years draws to a close, one of its key results may be the greater initiative that is taken by the developing world in driving economic integration in the global economy. China has firmly occupied the leading role in the sphere of opening markets and advancing new formats and models of economic integration. Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/In-Chinas-Footsteps-Why-the-Russian-Bear-Should-Enter-Stealth-Mode-19176 In China’s Footsteps: Why the Russian Bear Should Enter Stealth Mode As Russia is approaching a point where economic and technological backwardness will become a real threat to its security and sovereignty, one possible option for it is a stealth strategy. Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:50:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Plural-but-equal-in-everyones-world-Dialogue-in-Sochi--or-Information-Warfare-by-Other-Means-19173 Plural but equal in everyone’s world: Dialogue in Sochi – or Information Warfare by Other Means? Geopolitical pluralism, in all its continentally and regionally uneven permutations is the global reality in what passes for ‘no one’s world’ (Charles Kupchan) and/or a ‘world in disarray’ (Richard Haas) when in fact, there is an evolving underlying logic to a multipolar landscape in what should be considered ‘everyone’s world.’ Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:17:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Nobodys-Revolution-The-Russian-State-and-the-Fight-for-Memory-19171 Nobody’s Revolution: The Russian State and the Fight for Memory In Russia, there is no particularly tense strife between supporters and opponents of the hundred-year-old revolution. Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:52:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Nobodys-President-Putin-Enters-the-Era-of-Transition-19170 Nobody’s President? Putin Enters the Era of Transition The 2018 election in Russia is turning into a real political event. Putin is an undeclared candidate and Navalny is an unregistered one, who will have a real influence. The Kremlin is now run by regents around a diminished president, and discussion is already focusing on what the post-Putin era will look like. Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:26:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/PONARS-Eurasia/Eurasias-CSTO-and-SCO-19168 Eurasia’s CSTO and SCO A Failure to Address the Trafficking/Terrorism Nexus. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:28:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Looking-into-the-Future-Russia-and-Asia-in-the-Next-20-Years-19166 Looking into the Future: Russia and Asia in the Next 20 Years The Asian center of economic growth will move to the south, and the developed countries will try to adapt foreign labor migration to the needs of high-tech production. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:59:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Policy-Priorities-in-US-Russia-Relations-19165 Policy Priorities in U.S.-Russia Relations The U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Russian International Affairs Council convened the latest in a series of expert meetings on U.S.-Russia relations in October 2017 in Moscow. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:41:00 +0300 http://eng.globalaffairs.ru/PONARS-Eurasia/Russian-and-Chinese-Influences-in-Shared-Borderlands-19163 Russian and Chinese Influences in Shared Borderlands The political and economic relationship between Russia and China has been intensifying over the past decade, particularly as Moscow has attempted to “pivot to the East.” Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:32:00 +0300 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