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 The Powerlessness of the Most Powerful The president of the leading global power has made it clear that he has no interest in getting involved in resolving any of the world’s shared problems, dressing up his foreign policy as one of "principled realism." But there is nothing principled or realistic about it. Tue, 23 Oct 2018 15:52:00 +0300 Living in a Crumbling World. Valdai Club Annual Report In each of its annual reports since 2014, the Valdai Discussion Club has consistently spoken of the need to restore global governance – meaning the resolution of emerging and growing problems through institutions-based cooperation between states holding particular political and economic importance to world affairs. Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:06:00 +0300 Russia and Turkey: Approaches to Regional Security in the Middle East Transformational processes in the Arab world in the beginning of the 2010s led Russia and Turkey to an understanding of the need to form new foreign policy approaches towards the Middle East. This article seeks to identify the impact of the approaches Russia and Turkey have taken on this issue on relations between Moscow and Ankara. Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:02:00 +0300 The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities This is an excerpt from the new book The Great Delusion : Liberal Dreams and International Realities by John Mearsheimer. Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:09:00 +0300 Syrian Surprises The Syrian crisis continues to bring new surprises. Analysts are becoming increasingly concerned with the “mutating” configuration of relations among the global and regional actors, driven primarily by the developments in Idlib Governorate. Tue, 09 Oct 2018 16:16:00 +0300 One More Time on Greater Europe and Greater Eurasia The ongoing crisis in relations between Russia and the EU is usually linked to dramatic events in and around Ukraine in 2013–2014. Indeed, it is impossible to imagine that the EU–Russia relationship can get back on track or “business as usual” until the Ukrainian conflict is resolved. Fri, 05 Oct 2018 14:11:00 +0300 A new world order: A view from Russia Since around 2017–2018, the world has been living through a period of progressive erosion, or collapse, of international orders inherited from the past. With the election of Donald Trump and the rapid increase of US containment of Russia and China—which is both a consequence of this gradual erosion and also represents deep internal and international contradictions—this process entered its apogee. Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:20:00 +0300 Fresh Momentum for the Balkans There can be little doubt that the last few decades have brought more frustration than progress to the Balkans. It would be ironic and deeply gratifying to see a region wracked by ethnic nationalism build bridges when so many others are building walls. Tue, 02 Oct 2018 10:58:00 +0300 Prospects for Russia–China Cooperation in the Middle East The Middle East is a region that has traditionally fallen under the influence of external forces. The desire of the United States to take a less active role in the Middle Eastern affairs, which was marked by the withdrawal of troops from Iraq in 2011 under the Obama administration, coincided with the increasing involvement of Russia and China in the processes taking place in the region. Tue, 02 Oct 2018 10:54:00 +0300 The ‘Who, What, When’ of Russia Sanctions: A Cheat Sheet for Laymen Russia watchers are still debating whether or not current tensions between Moscow and the U.S. are a new Cold War, but whatever the conflict gets called in the history books, all will agree that sanctions have been among the main weapons deployed. Thu, 27 Sep 2018 13:04:00 +0300 Russia and South Korea: Towards a Strategic Partnership? The possibility of Seoul gradually distancing itself from its US patron has become quite plausible. If South Korea becomes a fully sovereign actor, this will create a new geopolitical landscape in which Russia could become one of its key partners. Thu, 27 Sep 2018 12:51:00 +0300 Islam and Global Commons: The Gap between Principles and Practices It is estimated that there are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, who represent over 20% of the world’s population. No one is exempt from the vagaries of climate change, and Muslims have to accept their share of the responsibility. Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:50:00 +0300 “We Have Used Up the European Treasure Trove” Russia is genetically an authoritative country. This must be calmly accepted and used as a competitive advantage. Another factor that pushes us towards the pivot is that Europe is stagnating, locked in a complex crisis, and not really capable of much, while Asia is growing rapidly, due in no small part to military “cover” from Russia. Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:47:00 +0300 The Summit in Singapore and the Failure of Donald Trump’s Diplomacy It seemed before the Singapore summit, - the meeting of the leaders of the US and North Korea, which was drawing attention of the whole international community while being prepared, that Donald Trump’s “blackmail diplomacy” proved its effectiveness. However, is it possible to consider his policy towards Pyongyang and his administration’s foreign policy a success? Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:39:00 +0300 China and Russia: new BFFs thanks to an insecure US Recent war games highlight Moscow and Beijing’s increasingly closer ties, which are based on a convergence of national interests, a similar view of the world order – and the need for an ally against a belligerent America Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:06:00 +0300 US Indo-Pacific Strategy: Myths and Reality Facing its ‘most dynamic and formidable competitor in modern history’, Washington increasingly does away with hopeful thinking and seeks new approaches towards Asia. It raised the concept of the Indo-Pacific region. But what strategy is behind this buzzword? And what does it mean for Asia? Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:59:00 +0300 Mistakes in Syria Are Inevitable Syria continues to be the key newsmaker when it comes to the international agenda. With the breakthrough agreement between Russia and Turkey and the recent downing of the Russian plane, the situation offers more questions than answers and remains the matter of the biggest concern. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:36:00 +0300 Russia-Japan -- peace can wait Putin has snubbed Abe as he boosts links with China amid growing US hostility to Beijing and Moscow. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:26:00 +0300 Where Is the West As Endgame in Syria Looms? It is high time that the US, and especially the UK, accepted that their war in Syria has been lost – or at least that their original objective, the removal of Bashar al-Assad has not been achieved. Are they prepared to pursue the fight now at the expense of Idlib’s 3 million civilians? Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:42:00 +0300 Boosting the USE of national currencies among BRICS The use of national currencies among developing countries is acquiring increasing importance as the developing economies are building their own development banks and integration platforms against the backdrop of rising protectionist pressures in the developed world. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 18:04:00 +0300 Russia and the United States Don’t Need New Summits The first full-fledged summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump held in late July has not improved and, indeed, could not have improved the general atmosphere of Russia-US relations. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:01:00 +0300 How to Win a Cold War It is about time to draft a truly new foreign policy concept as the previous narrative has exhausted itself, being more of a ritual than a guide to action. Russia needs “strategic patience” as never before. Tue, 04 Sep 2018 16:32:00 +0300 Looking at Tiananmen Square through the Brandenburg Gate Which country has already suffered the greatest losses through the new U.S. strategy announced a year-and-a-half ago by President Donald Trump? Tue, 04 Sep 2018 11:30:00 +0300 A ‘Balanced Partnership’? Berlin Is Recalibrating Transatlantic Relations Strengthening the European Union and building a “sovereign and strong Europe” has been the central rationale for both the Christian and the Social Democrats to enter into what once used to be a Grand Coalition government in Germany. The growing weight of powers in the Far East and the not-so-Far East and the concomitant return of great power politics compels Europe to reassert its own (for the time being lacking) power. Tue, 04 Sep 2018 11:27:00 +0300 Merkel’s Trip to a Divided Region The main value of the visit lies in the fact that the agendas differed radically for the countries of the South Caucasus – the diversification of relations was visible to the naked eye. Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:04:00 +0300 The race is on to secure the world’s biggest trading bloc – and China is leading the way The theme of trade wars appears to have firmly taken centre-stage across the globe – from impacting international trade flows to sending shivers across international financial markets. Mon, 27 Aug 2018 07:23:00 +0300 Russia, US looking for common ground on Syria US national security adviser John Bolton met in Geneva with Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev to outline the range of issues the two nations can jointly cooperate on. Mon, 27 Aug 2018 07:20:00 +0300 DASKAA and the New Anti-Russia Sanctions: Does the US Want Self-Isolation? The US sanctions against Russia have become habitual background news. As in wartime, people get used to daily bombing attacks, so at this point, news on the sanctions will only surprise the few that haven’t been paying attention. Thu, 23 Aug 2018 09:17:00 +0300 The New World Disorder In order to understand the present and the future of the world order, an analysis should start with the last phase of the bipolar system, late Gorbachev era. Wed, 22 Aug 2018 09:17:00 +0300 A New Model of Human Security Between interventionist excesses and tragic cases of inaction, it is clear that the international community still lacks a reliable doctrine of humanitarian intervention. The problem is that current security models are still based on the traditional concept of state sovereignty, rather than focusing on individual dignity. Tue, 21 Aug 2018 10:20:00 +0300 The Race Is On: RCEP Could Emerge as the First Megabloc The theme of trade wars appears to have firmly taken center-stage across the globe – from impacting international trade flows to sending shivers across international financial markets. Tue, 21 Aug 2018 10:12:00 +0300 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 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 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 “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 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 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 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 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 ‘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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Why the World is Not Becoming Multipolar Multilateralism Instead of Multipolarity Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:10:00 +0300 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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