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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.’

From Mistrust to Solidarity or More Mistrust? Russia’s Migration Experience in the International Context

Freedom of movement and freedom to choose a place of residence can be ranked among the category of freedoms which, as part of the Global Commons, have been restricted to varying degrees at the level of communities, states, and international associations.