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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Decentralization of Ukraine Spells New Challenges to Canonical Orthodoxy Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:48:00 +0300 Defying Stereotypes Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:39:00 +0300 Existential Alternative for Europe? Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:27:00 +0300 The Global Resurgence of Economic Nationalism Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:19:00 +0300 The “Turkish Model” in Historical Perspective Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:39:00 +0300 Self-Identity of Borderland Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:23:00 +0300 Europeanism or Nationalism? Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:11:00 +0300 Two “Non-Russias” Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0300 Transformation of the Big Narrative Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:52:00 +0300 The Frontline Is the Past Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:32:00 +0300 What Has Happened to Ukraine Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:54:00 +0300 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 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 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 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 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 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 Amid ‘Russiagate’ Hysteria, What Are the Facts? We must end this Russophobic insanity. Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:24:00 +0300 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 What is going on in Yerevan? Armenia has been in turmoil for the past few days. The fact that the central streets of Yerevan were packed with protesters did nothing to prevent ruling coalition MPs from convening in the National Assembly and voting for the appointment of Serzh Sargsyan as Prime Minister. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:05:00 +0300 A Pyrrhic Victory: the History of the Sanctions War Against Iran The history of sanctions against Iran deserves close analysis in light of the growing sanctions pressure on Russia. Although Iran and Russia are different countries facing different sanctions paradigms, Iran’s experience is meaningful if only because both countries have to contend with US sanction law. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:27:00 +0300 The New Cold War Is Boiling Over in Syria Policymakers need to learn from their military subordinates: They should keep their heads cool and think of the consequences of their actions, both intended and unintended. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:38:00 +0300 New Tripartite Aggression in Syria Brings Mixed Results By the strikes against Syria, the US and their allies achieved demonstrative effect only partially. It was achieved, because like in the previous illegal bombings of sovereign states (Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, etc.), they exhibited their military power, unprecedented arrogance and readiness to completely ignore the international law. Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:29:00 +0300 Unwanted Ally? Russia and the Future of the Anti-Terrorist Coalition The recent events in Britain have shown a trend. Russia is accused not simply of an assassination attempt but the use of a weapon of mass destruction on the territory of a foreign country. Moscow has been subjected to unprecedented political and information pressure before any evidence or proof has been produced. Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:59:00 +0300 The Southern Vector: Russia’s Need to Upgrade Its Policy in the South Caucasus To ensure its national security, Russia needs a comprehensive strategy in the South Caucasus region. Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:54:00 +0300 Do Russian-Iranian Relations Constitute a Strategic Partnership? Current relations between the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran are characterized by increased activity and dynamism, as well as expanded political, diplomatic, economic, cultural, public and other ties. All this makes perfect sense. Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:59:00 +0300 The West’s "Two Wars" and Modern International Politics The political history of the West is about 2,500 years of permanent fighting both internally and externally. The first battle of the "external" war was the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC. Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:39:00 +0300 Endless Endgame: Whither Russia-West Confrontation? The world’s future is currently endangered by numerous fundamental threats, yet Western democracies fear only one – Vladimir Putin. Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:51:00 +0300 “Ball Game”: Strategic Communication During Russia-West Confrontation The information space is the main field of confrontation between Russia and the West today. The aim of this confrontation is to win over the public to one’s side. It is important not just to be right, but also to be convincing. Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:27:00 +0300 Four Simple Questions About Expulsions of Russian Diplomats The atrocious crime committed in Salisbury led to a massive avalanche of diplomatic expulsions unprecedented in the contemporary history of international relations. Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:34:00 +0300 Return of the Dungeons of the Seven Towers Expulsions of diplomats are an established ritual, one consecrated by the decades of the Cold War, something that is believed to be an acceptable part of international practice. Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:22:00 +0300 The Integration Platforms of the Global South The mounting protectionism emanating from the US in the past month has reached a point of being one of the key risks to the sustainability of the recovery in global economic growth. Fri, 30 Mar 2018 08:29:00 +0300 De-dollarization in the EAEU Member States: Key Trends and Prospects The emerging trend towards de-dollarization in the EAEU can make domestic monetary policy more efficient as well as facilitate economic integration in the Eurasian space. Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:02:00 +0300 The Belt and Road Initiative and Its Impact on Europe The Belt and Road Initiative, originally aimed at domestic economic development, has turned into an umbrella bringing together China’s ambitious projects to shape a new order in Eurasia, which directly influences Europe. Wed, 28 Mar 2018 13:47:00 +0300 Russia’s Post-Election Foreign Policy: New Challenges, New Horizons The experience of recent decades has demonstrated that not a single successful national modernization project implemented in Europe, Asia or Latin America has been achieved without the active use of external resources — through expanding trade and economic relations, attracting new investments and technologies, borrowing the best management practices, and integrating the country into global technological chains. Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:54:00 +0300 Liberal World Order, R.I.P. America’s decision to abandon the global system it helped build, and then preserve for more than seven decades, marks a turning point, because others lack either the interest or the means to sustain it. The result will be a world that is less free, less prosperous, and less peaceful, for Americans and others alike. Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:14:00 +0300 Russia and Ukraine: From Brothers to Neighbors Russia is parting ways with both Ukraine and Belarus. This did not have to be a tragedy with Ukraine, and can still be handled amicably with Belarus. Moreover, an independent Ukrainian state and a Ukrainian political nation ease Russia’s transition from its post-imperial condition and facilitate the formation of a Russian political nation. Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:05:00 +0300 The West’s Unilateral Cold War The problem between Russia and the West is really a problem among Westerners themselves. If there is a new cold war, it is only because established elites have not come to terms with reality: the balance of military, political, economic, and moral power has shifted too far away from the West to be reversed. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:51:00 +0300 Back to Balance. New Weapons As Effective Deterrence Many bad things have been said about nuclear weapons in the decades since they first came into existence. Indeed, in the middle of the 20th century the human race developed a means of confrontation with the potential to destroy the entire world were it used on a large scale. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:08:00 +0300 The Guns of April, Or the Return of Strategic Frivolity Today mutual respect is probably the scarcest commodity in relations between great or even just major powers. This is particularly visible in the divide between the West and the Rest. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:11:00 +0300 Worse Than During the Cold War Neither Ukraine nor Syria has eased psychological tension so far. The United States and partly Russia do not think they have reached the dangerous point. Apparently they still need a bigger crisis to finally settle their issues. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:57:00 +0300 Russia’s Foreign Policy in a Historical Perspective The principle stated by George Orwell that all are equal but some are more equal than others seems to have been adopted at the international level. This is vividly borne out by the outcome of American interference in the Middle East countries and elsewhere. Russia will continue to espouse the principles of law and justice in international affairs. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:49:00 +0300 Marxism in the Post-Globalization Era The global crisis that started in 2008 signaled the end of the era of neoliberal globalization but not the end of the processes it engendered. We can move forward, using the theoretical legacy left to us by the great thinkers of the Enlightenment and the ideologists of the liberation movement. Like it or not, Karl Marx remains the greatest of them. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:42:00 +0300 Crossing Red Lines The Ukrainian crisis is just ushering in a series of conflicts amid which a polycentric system of international relations will form. An effective multilateral mechanism must be created for preventing and settling crises in Europe and North Eurasia. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:35:00 +0300 Collapse of the World Order? Moscow appears to be unprepared for polycentrism as it has not yet grasped its basic rule, which was well known to Russian chancellors of the 19th century: one should make compromises on individual issues in order to have closer relations with other centers of power than they have among themselves. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:24:00 +0300 Vladimir Putin’s Fourth Vector Tendencies will continue—a geopolitical shift towards Eurasia and the Asia Pacific Region; symbolic ‘sovereignization’ of Russia and its further distancing from the U.S. and Europe; and the erosion of a foreign policy consensus. The fourth edition of Putin’s foreign policy will most likely differ significantly from the previous three. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:12:00 +0300 Dynamism Hallmark of China-Russia Relations China and Russia have been cooperating closely over the past three decades. But since the Ukraine crisis, the process has become more dynamic. Moscow and Beijing are now coordinating their policies on a wider range of issues. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:23:00 +0300 The Yugoslav Prelude Proceeding from their current interests, more powerful countries often ignore the fact that, as a rule, there is no right or wrong party in domestic conflicts and civil wars; indeed, the responsibility often lies with both sides. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:23:00 +0300 The Island of Russia There is no greater joy for a Russian intellectual than to speculate about a decline of America. The problem is that the Russians still do not see any other worthy role for their country in the 21st century than the role of a superpower, as a state that realizes itself primarily through influence on global processes. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:32:00 +0300 Traveling in Different Boats Relations between Russia and the United States are acquiring a new quality. Moscow and Washington can cooperate on certain individual issues, but strategically they are now on their own—certainly not in the same boat. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:19:00 +0300 The Undying Echo of the Past There is a great risk of getting mired in counterproductive discussions about the frontiers of the European model of historical development. References to the history of one region or another or one nation or another as “European” or “non-European” are unscrupulously used today inside the EU itself and along its periphery when it comes to discussing whether the region or nation deserves to be a member of a united Europe. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:58:00 +0300 A New Epoch of Confrontation Many analysts in Moscow argue that the political and propaganda pressure being exerted by the West on Russia is the result of Russia’s growth. But this Western pressure is more of a counterattack against Russia than a direct attack intended to prevent a further weakening of the West’s positions and possibly win them back. This counterattack is an important constituent feature of a “New Epoch of Confrontation.” Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:49:00 +0300 Back into the Future, Or Cold War Lessons for Russia It is now time to recognize that the reform of the early 1990s was wrong. Such a complex and unique system as the Soviet militarized economy cannot be restructured by pseudo-market methods. First of all, it should be demilitarized on the administrative level, mobilizing the entire power of the state, and only then can a market economy begin to be built. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:44:00 +0300 Ukraine’s Nuclear Ambitions In the eyes of many, the possession of the nuclear bomb is a symbol of special military-political might and of belonging to a select group. The experience of the difficult negotiations with Ukraine, in the course of which Kiev was persuaded—in the long last—to give up the nuclear arsenal it had inherited from the U.S.S.R., can be of use to those who now have to address similar problems with other countries. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:15:00 +0300 A World Without Superpowers Washington’s unilateral actions on the global stage, far from yielding positive results in Afghanistan and Iraq, run counter to the objective processes in the international economy and politics. Since the end of the Cold War, the world has been leaning towards a multipolar power structure, and even the world’s mightiest nation is unable to reverse this trend. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:07:00 +0300 Back to the Concert A concert of powers in which European nations performed throughout the 19th century provided for peace and tranquility on the continent for almost a hundred years. Today, in an era of overall domination by one country and collapse of the former international architecture, it is time to recall the principles of that Concert. But now the Concert will have to be played according to global scores of the new millennium. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:53:00 +0300 We Are Well into the night late 2002, when the city was fast asleep, two windows were brightly lit in one of the side streets in central Moscow. If someone in the building across the street had cast a look at them, he would have seen the silhouettes of people, about six or so, moving chaotically behind the glass. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:45:00 +0300 What Makes Putin So Popular at Home? His Reputation Abroad A few weeks ago, as we planned our coverage of Russia’s election, my colleagues and I at Kommersant, a Moscow-based daily newspaper, discussed whether we should prepare an overview of the foreign policy proposals of all eight candidates running for president. I argued it wasn’t worth it. What’s the point in analyzing seven programs that have no chance of being carried out? Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:07:00 +0300 On Geopolitical Configurations in Asia The name Asia might be a misnomer by Ancient Greeks’ standards, but the homogenous nature of this area is quite visible. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:46:00 +0300 Four Years Since Maidan: Why Russia-West Reconciliation Will Remain Crucial During Putin’s Fourth Term In early 2018, a remarkable milestone was reached in post-Cold War history: as of February 5, the Berlin Wall had officially been down for as long as it was up. But in contrast to the jubilance and optimism that surrounded the fall of communism, today is characterized by growing mistrust and even open hostility between Moscow and Western capitals as we appear to be further away from the promise made in 1989 by President George H. W. Bush of a “Europe whole and free.” Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:31:00 +0300 What Сan Britain Do in Response to Russian Nerve Attack? The UK Government has concluded "it is highly likely that Russia was responsible" for a “brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil,” Theresa May told the Commons on Monday after a nerve agent was used on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:27:00 +0300 US Steel Tariffs: Will a Trade War Be Prevented On March 1, US President Donald Trump announced the introduction of import tariffs on steel and aluminium at the rate of 25% and 10% respectively. In turn, the European Commission said that if protectionist measures were introduced, Europe would find a “proportionate” answer. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:43:00 +0300 A Hi-Tech Russian Doll: Putin’s Fourth-Term Reboot Putin’s goal is now neither to recreate the USSR, nor to become part of the West. Rather, the ambition is to build an economic and technological “West” inside Russia, while continuing an aggressive posture towards the West on the outside. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:53:00 +0300 Putin’s Brave New World If Vladimir Putin wins in the Russian elections in March, few will be surprised in Russia or abroad. The incumbent president remains by far the most popular and most trusted politician in the country. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:44:00 +0300 Peace Through Balance of Power: Strategic Importance of New Russian Weapons Vladimir Putin’s presidential address on foreign and defense policy met both the reality of modern international life and the requirements that this reality sets to states. And if some of its points may have seemed frightening to susceptible observers, they are as frightening as the world we live in. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:08:00 +0300 Xi Jinping: An Unconstrained President In March 2018, the National People’s Congress of China will vote for a number of amendments to the constitution, most importantly the proposal to drop the two-term limit on the presidency and vice-presidency. Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:27:00 +0300 Russia Is Offering an Olive Branch, Not Flaunting Nuclear Weapons President Vladimir Putin’s recent address to the Federal Assembly made quite a splash in the international community. Unsurprisingly, particular attention was paid to the sections of the address in which the president spoke in detail about boosting Russia’s defense capabilities, creating new weapons systems and readiness to ensure national security. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:23:00 +0300 What Kind of Victory for Russia in Syria? The war in Syria has ground on for more than half a decade. Hundreds of thousands have died, entire cities and towns have been destroyed, and billions of dollars in infrastructure have been decimated. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:10:00 +0300 How do We Get Out of the Chelyabinsk Disco? My entire professional career has centred on the problems of U.S.–Russia relations, but never before have I seen such strength of feeling, such an explosion of emotions, such mutual intolerance and such unwavering conviction in the correctness of one’s actions. Mon, 05 Mar 2018 10:33:00 +0300 The arrival of post-Putin Russia Russia’s March 2018 election will mark the arrival of the post-Putin era in Russian domestic politics. Fri, 02 Mar 2018 18:48:00 +0300 Two Views of the Syria Conflict that Seem Never to Meet The presence of the Syrian conflict in the international, especially the British, news has fluctuated wildly. Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:29:00 +0300 ‘China and Russia are quasi allies … On strategic affairs Russia and India have serious conversations only at top level’ "Our most important foreign priority would be keeping peace in the world – very important for Russia, and also because the global situation is worse than at any time in decades." Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:41:00 +0300