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Fyodor Lukyanov

Fyodor Lukyanov is Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, and Research Director of the Valdai International Discussion Club.

  • 4 july 2007

    Starting Anew on the World Order

    In the Russian-U.S. dialogue, metaphors often communicate more than long, drawn-out discussions. At their news conference Monday in Kennebunkport, Maine, Presidents Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush spoke at length about the openness and trust that characterized their relationship.

  • 7 june 2007

    Viewpoint: Russia's missile fears

    America keeps saying its anti-missile system will not target Russia and to suggest otherwise would be absurd because Russia can overcome it. Well, Russia could overcome it today but what about in 15 years' time, when it is not just two facilities but a global system?

  • 6 june 2007

    G8 Membership as an Exercise in Legitimacy

    Russia's presence in the G8 caused disagreements right from the start. There are no criteria for membership, but the club has traditionally been an informal alliance of nations with leading economies and democracies. For the first few years, Russia clearly did not meet the economic requirements. But once its economy gained strength, doubts appeared as to Moscow's fulfillment of the necessary political prerequisites...

  • 16 may 2007

    EU and Russia Need to Try a Fresh Approach

    When in recent years journalists and political observers characterized relations between Russia and the European Union as being in crisis, Moscow and Brussels angrily objected. As evidence they offered the results of biannual summits. Each summit did, in fact, produce some document signifying, or at least potentially signifying, a step forward.

  • 13 may 2007

    Multipolarity to Oppose the Cold War

    The last few months have been marked by heated debates as to whether a multipolar world is now a reality and whether a new Cold War is imminent.

  • 28 april 2007

    New Thinking Needed

    In recent years, speculation has swirled ahead of President Vladimir Putin's annual state-of-the-nation addresses that the main thrust of the speech would be about foreign affairs. Each year there appeared to be special circumstances that called for the president to lay out his vision of the situation in the world...

  • 11 april 2007

    Increasing Supply on the World Values Market

    The Russian diplomatic corps recently published a review of the country's foreign policy. This curious document represents a code of political directives to provide guidance for those working on the international stage in Russia. A tour through this document provides interesting insights into both the country's current political course and the attitudes of the foreign policy establishment.

  • 6 april 2007

    Moscow No Match for Kiev

    For Russians the current political imbroglio in Kiev was similar to struggle for power that took place in Moscow in September and October 1993. On the outside, the two episodes look almost identical. In both cases, the heads of state lost patience with endless opposition from the parliament and opted to call for new elections. Parliament refused to recognize the decision...

  • 7 march 2007

    Russian Threat Reborn as a Matter of Necessity

    Washington's decision to place elements of an anti-ballistic missile battery in Poland and the Czech Republic has become a catalyst to a complex process in Europe. This affects not only the relationship with Russia, but also the "Old World's" strategic future as well...

  • 10 february 2007

    On the Eve of Change

    Russia is entering a momentous election season. In December, Russian voters will elect a new parliament, while in March 2008 they will vote for a new president.

  • 7 february 2007

    Where to Focus If You Are Expecting Change

    Interest in next year's presidential election is gradually eclipsing all other current events in Russia. The main pursuit of analysts and commentators has become peering across this political Rubicon into the dense fog that enshrouds the opposite bank...

  • 28 december 2006

    Time for a New Foreign Policy Look

    It is difficult to recall a single year over the past decade-and-a-half in which Russian foreign policy has generated results as contradictory as in 2006. It's almost as if there were two different Russias acting on the international stage, the first as perceived from the Russian side and the second as seen by the West...

  • 18 december 2006

    Russia Is Not Prepared to Restore the Empire

    When the Baltic countries entered NATO and the European Union a couple of years ago, many thought it was the end of the centuries-old "red line." Euro-Atlantic organizations had crossed into the former Russian and Soviet empires...

  • 29 november 2006

    Russia Is Not Prepared to Restore the Empire

    When the Baltic countries entered NATO and the European Union a couple of years ago, many thought it was the end of the centuries-old "red line." Euro-Atlantic organizations had crossed into the former Russian and Soviet empires.

  • 1 november 2006

    The Deficit of Values Behind a Crisis in Goals

    It is 17 years since the fall of the Berlin wall and 15 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Current events in the former "socialist world" show that the scale of difficulties involved in the transition was seriously underestimated...

  • 12 october 2006

    From Nationalism to Nation

    On the eve of the 15th anniversary of the breakup of the Soviet Union, it has become particularly obvious that Russia has not only failed to overcome the consequences of that dramatic event, but has even failed to rethink them.

  • 4 october 2006

    Saakashvili Is Playing a High-Stakes Game

    There are two features of the current crisis between Moscow and Tbilisi that differentiate it from the many difficulties between the two in the past.

  • 12 september 2006

    Old Habits Die Hard

    Everyone agrees that Sept. 11, 2001, changed the world. Much has been said and written about the impact the terrorist attacks had on the United States, how Europe responded and the Middle East was transformed, and about the effect the attacks had on the institutions of international relations in general.

  • 11 july 2006

    The Russian Season

    Russia’s G8 presidency, which will be crowned by the July summit in St. Petersburg, has become the leitmotif of Russia’s foreign policy this year.

  • 8 may 2006

    Unlearned Lessons of the Past

    The arrival of spring was marked by several anniversaries in Russia and the world.

  • 7 february 2006

    After the Empire

    This year will mark 15 years since the breakup of the Soviet Union, a dramatic event whose aftermath will determine the course of world history for a long time.

  • 21 november 2005

    Passions Over Sovereignty

    Of the many subjects of political debate in Russia in 2005, the main emphasis has been on national sovereignty.

  • 30 july 2005

    Debates About Values

    Thirty years ago, on August 1, 1975, the leaders of 35 countries gathered in Helsinki to sign the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

  • 18 may 2005

    In Search of New Identity

    Russia is marking two anniversaries this spring that are of fundamental importance for its development.

  • 8 february 2005

    The Spiral of Russian History

    The year 2004 has proven to be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most difficult year since he took office in 2000. Apart from an upsurge in terrorism, which culminated in the horrible terrorist act in Beslan, Putin faced a decrease in economic growth rates, the declining position of Moscow in the post-Soviet space, and a marked deterioration in the West’s attitude toward Moscow.

  • 25 november 2004

    Victorious Ukraine

    The preliminary outcome of the battle shows that Ukraine is a complicated and subtle political system that does not deserve a simplified approach.

  • 9 november 2004

    Russia Goes to War

    Following the recent hostage drama in Beslan, where hundreds of schoolchildren were brutally killed by terrorists, we must ask the question: “What kind of country has Russia become?”

  • 9 november 2004

    Imperial Overload

    The Kremlin has earmarked enormous resources to ensure Viktor Yanukovich’s victory in Ukraine’s presidential election, in order to prove that Russia still has influence in the post-Soviet republic, and not because it would actually benefit from that win.

  • 9 september 2004

    The Eternal Value of Autocracy

    Differences in the interpretation of the Beslan hostage drama by Russia and the West could well drive a wedge between the two sides, reducing relations to their lowest point since the demise of the Soviet empire.

  • 16 august 2004

    No Rose Is Without a Thorn

    There already was a Georgian president who failed to live up to his own popularity and subsequently drove his country into the abyss.

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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.

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Crimea and Punishment

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Scaling Down Ambitions? G20 Agenda Evolves from Global Governance to Bilateral Consultations

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Why We Must Prohibit Cyberattacks on Nuclear Systems: the Case for Pre-Emptive US–Russia Arms Control

Almost 35 years ago, US President Ronald Reagan settled down in the White House to watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster WarGames as part of his regular Sunday film night. The film, starring a young Matthew Broderick, depicted a teenage computer hacker accidentally breaking into top-secret Pentagon supercomputers that controlled US nuclear weapons.

Russia’s Response to Sanctions: How Western Sanctions Reshaped Political Economy in Russia

Since August 2017, legislation allowing the imposition of a range of new sanctions against Russia has been passed by US lawmakers. Although not all this legislation has thus far been implemented by the president, Donald Trump, the mere threat of more draconian economic sanctions from the US created considerable uncertainty in Russia.