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Sergei Kortunov

Sergei Kortunov, professor, is Head of the International Affairs Department at the State University–Higher School of Economics.

  • 7 july 2010

    "Hard Power" Imperative

    After the New START Treaty is ratified, it would be highly desirable to invite the U.S. leadership to enter into a broader politico-strategic dialogue than reductions of tactical nuclear weapons. To this end, Moscow could propose a joint search for ways to minimize risks stemming from the objectively existing situation of mutual nuclear deterrence.

  • 21 november 2005

    Invigorating Russia’s Foreign Policy

    The Russian Federation should unequivocally and unconditionally define itself as a successor to the millennium-old Russia. It will have to assume responsibility for all of its past sins, including – unpleasant as this may be – the sins of the Soviet era. But the game is worth the candle: Russia will once again become the doer of world history, recognizable and understandable to all.

  • 8 february 2005

    Kaliningrad: Gateway to Wider Europe

    Moscow does not have a geopolitical understanding of the Kaliningrad Region’s role, nor a long-term economic strategy. If Moscow continues to do nothing, the Kaliningrad Region, like a ripe fruit, will fall into the EU’s hands on its own accord.

  • 18 february 2004

    National Security Policy in the Making (Russia’s National Security Policy in the Context of Globalization Problems).

    The concept of ‘national security’ was introduced by Walter Lippmann in his book U.S. Foreign Policy: Shield of the Republic published in 1943. The concept was officially accepted in the 1947 National Security Act which laid the basis for the establishment of the U.S.

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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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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.


Keynes Goes Global: Anticipating the Global Slowdown

As the world economy shows mounting signs of deceleration and recessionary fears intensify across global markets, the world community is likely to focus increasingly on how to undertake an effective anti-crisis response.

A Kingdom divided against himself. Special edition

This is a special issue of Russia in Global Affairs, dedicated to this big topic. Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, euphoria over the triumph of liberal ideology, which is “omnipotent because it is true,” has given way to dark pessimism about the future and led to the loss of ideational and moral guidelines.

China: How Fragile Is the Giant?

China is Russia's most important and responsible partner in the international arena. The five years that have passed since the beginning of the fundamental complication of relations between Russia and the West have shown that despite prejudices and lack of trust at the grassroots level, relations between the two countries remain friendly.

Crisis in 21st Century Political Warfare

In order to gain a freer hand in exercising foreign policy and pursuing those objectives, which include practices such as regime change, the US and its allies needed to change the manner in which the rules and boundaries of international relations were conceived and applied.

The Syrian Crisis: A Thorny Path from War to Peace

The second decade of the 21st century began with a string of explosive protests in the Middle East and North Africa, which have destabilized not only the countries that saw violent regime change but the entire region. A way out of the profound systemic crisis is yet to be found.