Agenda
  • 23 april 2019

    The New DETER Bill: Can Sanctions Help Deter Russia?

    Russia and Russian-US relations are unlikely to become any easier. The issue of “election interference” will remain salient, though some fatigue has already set in. Most likely, its prominence will abate in the US political conversation, though it will remain on the international agenda. It will also remain tethered to US sanctions on Russia, and sanctions will continue to be viewed as a means of deterring Moscow.

  • 16 april 2019

    Escape from responsibility: the U.S. is looking for a way out of Afghanistan

    In the context of ongoing negotiations between the Taliban and the United States, the vigilance of all parties involved in the Afghan conflict is growing.

  • 16 april 2019

    Moscow cultivates neutral image as Libya quakes

    Russia’s deputy foreign minister and Putin’s special envoy for the MENA region, Mikhail Bogdanov, received a phone call April 6 from Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA).

  • 4 april 2019

    Firewood and Coal: U.S.–Russia Relations without Mueller

    The completion of the Mueller investigation ended with the deafening defeat of the opponents of the incumbent President of the United States.

  • 4 april 2019

    Events in Algeria: President’s Resignation and Transition

    Algeria’s octogenarian President Bouteflika has resigned after just shy of two decades in office. On the one hand, he was compelled to leave by unruly street demonstrations, and on the other, he was being pressured by his nation’s army.

  • 3 april 2019

    Italy-China Cooperation: A Matter of Concern in the US and the EU?

    In the eyes of Brussels, the main problem surrounding China’s signing of a memorandum of understanding with Italy, a founding member of the EU, is that it might jeopardise Europe’s attempt to create a united negotiating front vis-?-vis Beijing.

  • 20 march 2019

    Brexit Undermines the Implicit Ideology of the EU

    The last vote of the UK Parliament, in which the proposed agreement with the EU and the prospect of a Brexit without any agreement were rejected, served as a snub to the European Union, which was unable to reach an agreement with Great Britain, as well as a blow to Theresa May, whose negotiating tactics provoked much criticism.

  • 19 march 2019

    A Different Global Governance: Taming the Excesses of Realpolitik

    Today’s international scene is dominated by Realpolitik – national interest reigns supreme not just at the country level, but is also strongly felt at the level of regional and global institutions.

  • 19 march 2019

    Governing Geoengineering

    New technologies to combat global warming could complement reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions. But their potential impact is highly uncertain, and failure to govern their use properly could aggravate existing threats to international peace and security.

  • 19 march 2019

    Terrorism as a Weather Phenomenon

    After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in the United States, the term “war against terrorism” was introduced to our political vocabulary. For nearly twenty years, we have been waging this sort of war together, and at times accusing each other of pacifism, sabotage, or even of cooperation with the enemy. But a real war is a serious matter that requires a lot of sacrifice.

  • 14 march 2019

    Intel: How Russia is pushing a weapons sale that has roiled US-Turkey relations

    Moscow is insisting that the sale of its S-400 missile defense system to Turkey despite harsh US opposition is going “very smoothly” and is “just business.”

  • 6 march 2019

    BRICS Pay - Single Payment System of the BRICS Countries

    The BRICS countries are creating a single payment system, BRICS Pay, as part of the drive to establish a common system for retail payments and transactions between the member countries. In the near future, these countries plan to introduce a special cloud platform, which will connect their national payment systems.

  • 6 march 2019

    State of Play: Russia and the Fraying West

    Despite their troubles, Europe and the US are not withering away. It would behoove Moscow to avoid escalations.

  • 5 march 2019

    What Can Russia Give Asia?

    Russia is in demand in Asia. But its response should not be a mere mirror reflection of what the Asian countries want. It is generally a rather odd thing in international politics to proceed from partners’ desires or capabilities.

  • 20 february 2019

    Four Dreadful Scenarios for Tomorrow’s Syria and What We Can Do To Avoid Them

    Despite eight years of horrific conflict, and over 500,000 thousand deaths, a stable peace in Syria remains elusive.

  • 20 february 2019

    Russia, Turkey, Iran discuss Syria amid simmering disagreements

    The presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran convened for their fourth summit on Syria in Russia’s southern resort city of Sochi on Feb. 14. Earlier leaders of the “guarantor countries” of the Astana process met in November 2017 in Sochi, in April 2018 in Ankara and in September 2018 in Tehran.

  • 13 february 2019

    Heartland Reunion: Geopolitical Chimera or Historical Chance?

    Anyone who has at least some idea about the theory of international relations should remember the oft-quoted formula put forward by the father of British geopolitics, Halford Mackinder: “Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island; who rules the World-Island commands the world.”

  • 7 february 2019

    Why Is It So Difficult for Russia and Japan to Come to Agreement?

    Experts had many expectations ahead of the Russian-Japanese summit held in Moscow in late January. Many believed that the meeting between the two leaders would lead to a breakthrough expressed in the signing of a peace treaty and introduction of full clarity in the matter of the Japanese claims to four Kuril islands.

  • 5 february 2019

    The Domino Effect: America’s Withdrawal from the INF Treaty and Its Ramifications

    The United States has launched the procedure of withdrawal from the Treaty on the Elimination of the Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty). Russia, in turn, also suspended its participation in the INF.

  • 4 february 2019

    Russia in Global Affairs journal is accepted by Scopus

    The editorial board of Russia in Global Affairs are happy to announce that by the decision of the Content Selection & Advisory Board as of January 27, 2019, the English-language version of the journal was included in the Scopus bibliographic and reference database.

  • 4 february 2019

    How the United States Got Russia Wrong

    The West today is paying for its collusion with Russia in the 1990s.

  • 30 january 2019

    An Unforeseeable Europe

    2016 was perhaps the most difficult year for Europe since the turn of the century. Under the inept leadership of David Cameron’s cabinet, the United Kingdom voted in favour of leaving the European Union. The United States elected Donald Trump, an outspoken critic of the European project, as its president. The European continent continued to fight the unprecedented influx of refugees and migrants...

  • 28 january 2019

    The Kuril Social Contract

    The Kremlin needs to understand clearly that it is up against not just Japan but also the Russian public—and based on public opinion surveys, two-thirds of Russians do not want to hand over the Kuril Islands. The Kremlin will not be able to coerce the people into accepting its point of view.

  • 23 january 2019

    The World After the INF Treaty: How to Get Out of the Dead Zone

    It looks as if there is no salvation for the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). One could shout oneself hoarse arguing whether the treaty had a chance of survival, but this will be the task of future historians. At this point in time, it is much more important to think about a world without the INF Treaty and whether we can resume control of weapons in some other form.

  • 15 january 2019

    The World Needs Europe

    Having emerged from centuries of bloodshed to become the poster child for integration and collaboration, Europe has a distinct service to offer the rest of the world. With the international order coming apart and populist nationalism on the rise, now is the time for the European Union to show leadership, both at home and abroad.

  • 11 january 2019

    Political Multipolarity vs. Economic Unipolarity: 2018 Results and 2019 Intrigues

    Summing up the results of 2018, one is tempted to lay emphasis on a number of major events and trends. However, that carries the risk of neglecting systemic issues that generate the diversity of individual phenomena. The understanding of these issues provides us with an analytical ability that helps us attribute numerous events to a more or less understandable model.

  • 24 december 2018

    Entering 2019: Challenges and Opportunities

    We should fully reject the concept of Western, or liberal, universalism in favor of developmental pluralism.

  • 24 december 2018

    The Brexit Intrigue and Theresa May’s Future

    The decision to postpone until late January the December 11 vote in the House of Commons on the Withdrawal Agreement stipulating the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union, agreement approved by the EU on November 25, created real chaos in the Brexit issue, this time at the government policy level.

  • 19 december 2018

    Russia's view and interests changes in Northeast Asia

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in's efforts to stimulate inter-Korean detente and the ongoing denuclearization talks between North Korea and the U.S. are both welcome by Moscow and essential for achieving Russia's policy priorities with regards to Northeast Asia and Asia in general.

  • 18 december 2018

    As International Order Crumbles, Dialogue Is Crucial for Restoring Trust

    In an interview with valdaiclub.com on the sidelines of the 18th Doha Forum, where the Valdai Club held a special session, Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, discussed the risks to international order and the ways to avoid unintended escalation between the key players.

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Publisher's column

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.

Editor's column

Will US pullout from Syria increase risk of conflict with Russia?

The announcement of the US pullout from Syria was received with caution in Moscow. Besides the security and political challenges it may bring about, the Trump decision could mean the end of a practical, relatively constructive US-Russian approach to conflict at flashpoints.


The New DETER Bill: Can Sanctions Help Deter Russia?

Russia and Russian-US relations are unlikely to become any easier. The issue of “election interference” will remain salient, though some fatigue has already set in. Most likely, its prominence will abate in the US political conversation, though it will remain on the international agenda. It will also remain tethered to US sanctions on Russia, and sanctions will continue to be viewed as a means of deterring Moscow.

Escape from responsibility: the U.S. is looking for a way out of Afghanistan

In the context of ongoing negotiations between the Taliban and the United States, the vigilance of all parties involved in the Afghan conflict is growing.

Moscow cultivates neutral image as Libya quakes

Russia’s deputy foreign minister and Putin’s special envoy for the MENA region, Mikhail Bogdanov, received a phone call April 6 from Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA).

Battle Robots Rivalry and the Future of War

Unmanned military systems – or ‘military robots’ – are becoming more commonplace among the rising number of armies around the world and are used with increasing frequency in combat. Leading powers, their challengers as well as their non-state combat opponents have begun to design, test, and field numerous unmanned systems.

Indian Approaches to Multilateral Cooperation and Institutions in Eurasia

Relations between the US and Russia are at their worst since the end of the Cold War, China and the US have tense relations, India and China are trying to stabilize relations after a period of acrimony. The major powers appear today to be like the unhappy families in Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina: ‘Each unhappy family (major power in this case) is unhappy in its own way.’