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 Where to Go and with Whom to Go: Russia’s Foreign Policy on the Threshold of a New Decade Russia is entering a new decade with significant (and I am even tempted to say brilliant) foreign and defense policy achievements, and with a substantial margin of strength. But the challenges and problems lying ahead are fraught with deceleration or even rollback. Tue, 28 Jan 2020 19:00:00 +0300 Roaring Twenties again: 'Global impeachment' and the end of the era of liberal globalization Now that another decade has flown by and the world awaits the arrival of 2020, it is only appropriate to look back at last century's 'Roaring Twenties'. Those twenties started globalization; these could see the end of its era. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 10:31:00 +0300 Counter-Containment of Unipolarity Only a strong and well-considered relationship between Russia and China can constitute a powerful enough global counterweight to the unipolarity and the United States’ strategic offensive posture, and also act as a midwife in the birth of an undeniably multipolar world order. Wed, 25 Dec 2019 11:28:00 +0300 Key Actors in the Libyan Conflict To be successful, any government of Libya should take into account the demands of the tribes and rely on the support of the Libyans rather than endless help from abroad. Currently, there is no leader in Libya capable of acting without foreign support. Wed, 25 Dec 2019 11:18:00 +0300 Two Sides of the 1968 Legacy Despite the period of organizational and ideological degradation, the left-wing movement is capable of reviving itself and once again challenging capitalism, which is quickly losing its “human face.” Wed, 25 Dec 2019 10:40:00 +0300 Resilience in EU Discourse: A New Norm in Relations with Russia? Resilience as a new norm allows the EU to emphasize Russia’s “otherness” and thus assert its own identity as a normative leader. The focus on threats sets out a clear action plan for fighting threats associated with Russia. Wed, 25 Dec 2019 10:07:00 +0300 Russia as a “Trauma” Recognizing publicly Russia’s sovereignty over all the Kuril Islands for Japan would be tantamount to losing face. It is possible to resolve the issue only within the framework of a package deal, the contours of which are still very blurry. Wed, 25 Dec 2019 09:49:00 +0300 From “Chaos” to “Order” to Uncertainty The “Russian Spring” in Russia and Xi Jinping’s “new normal” in China evoked a controversial reaction among Chinese Russia experts. On the one hand, they treated Putin almost “panegyrically,” but on the other hand, they increasingly voiced concern over growing uncertainty about Russia’s future. Wed, 25 Dec 2019 09:44:00 +0300 Perceptions of Russia in the Global World The existing ideas of modern Russia and its place in the world, on the one hand, and the awareness of Russia’s cultural and historical contribution to world civilization, on the other, contradict each other in piecing together the country’s integral image. Tue, 24 Dec 2019 16:41:00 +0300 The World at a Crossroads and a System of International Relations for the Future Will the multipolar world continue to take shape through cooperation and harmonization of interests or through confrontation and rivalry? This depends on all of us. It is now important to start a strategic dialogue on concrete threats and risks and to seek consensus on a commonly acceptable agenda. Tue, 24 Dec 2019 16:40:00 +0300 Global Impeachment Tue, 24 Dec 2019 16:37:00 +0300 Has Russia Established a New International Role? Whether Moscow can build a broader international role is not apparent; it will require more than filling in the spaces that the United States leaves blank. Doing so on a long-term basis will also require preparing for the next inevitable cycle of American activism. Mon, 23 Dec 2019 18:08:00 +0300 Are You with the Globalists or Patriots? Trump offers other countries’ leaders a choice between two sides in the current and future world politics: the globalists or the patriots. The price of this choice to be paid is “merely” the level of relations with Trump’s United States. So, the temptation to make the correct choice is quite obvious. Mon, 23 Dec 2019 18:04:00 +0300 The Asian Mirror for the Far East: an Indian Perspective India and Russia have long shared geopolitical perspectives on the balance of power in Eurasia. In the post-Cold War era both turned their attention to the West. However, over the past decade India has pursued the Look East Policy, seeking to regain its political and economic influence in Southeast Asia and building new strategic partnerships with East Asian powers like Japan and South Korea. Russia’s Turn to the East and India’s move from the Look East to the Act East Policy have created a new framework for closer India–Russia geo-economic and geopolitical relations. Tue, 17 Dec 2019 07:55:00 +0300 Russian Far East Development from the Korean Perspective This chapter focuses on analysing Korea’s position on development of this region. To this end, the paper deals with the significance and strategic value of the Russian Far East, the current status, and determinants of the Russian Far East policy, as well as the direction and tasks of Korea’s Russian Far East policy. Tue, 17 Dec 2019 07:32:00 +0300 Australia’s Approach to Cooperation with Russia Russia’s Far East and Siberia have much in common with Australia in terms of geopolitical, geo-economic, and even sociopolitical characteristics. However, Russia-Australia economic cooperation has been showing a downward trend over the last decade. Tue, 17 Dec 2019 07:15:00 +0300 Normandy Four summit on Ukraine’s future: What’s at stake? Paris is set to host the first summit of the so-called Normandy Four in over three years. The rendezvous is possible thanks to a change of power in Ukraine and a very active stance by Macron. What are the stakeholders’ cards? Mon, 09 Dec 2019 09:35:00 +0300 How Cozy Is Russia and China’s Military Relationship? Russia and China’s strategic military cooperation is becoming ever closer. President Putin has announced that Russia is helping China build an early warning system to spot intercontinental ballistic missile launches. Wed, 04 Dec 2019 10:26:00 +0300 A “Synchronized Downturn” Calls for a “Synchronized Response” This year’s Annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank in Washington DC revealed a growing preoccupation with the mounting signs of a slowdown in the world economy. Wed, 04 Dec 2019 10:25:00 +0300 How to Stop NATO Catherine the Great is credited with saying that the only way to secure the borders of the Russian Empire is to expand them continuously. This logic is to some degree applicable to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which embarked on a path of geographical enlargement quite literally from the very first days of its existence. Wed, 04 Dec 2019 10:22:00 +0300 Call for papers 2020 Hereby Russia in Global Affairs journal announces a call for papers for the year 2020. Tue, 03 Dec 2019 13:46:00 +0300 10 years of BRICS: What keeps 5 headstrong powers together in times of global disunion For the past 10 years, BRICS has navigated dramatic turns in global politics and the economy to emerge as an association of countries that is likely to play a key role in a new world order. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 20:40:00 +0300 The paradox of Syria: What to expect next from key players Let's factor all the official statements, political campaigns, personal relations and 'credit history' of the Syrian conflict out of the equation, and take a look at the current situation as seen by the main players on the ground. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:34:00 +0300 Russia has 3 messages for Turkey over operation in Syria Russia has its eye on long-term opportunities following Turkey's operation in northeast Syria. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:20:00 +0300 Admonishing the Doubting Flock History, the end of which Fukuyama predicted some time ago with a big commercial success, has simply been negated by suggesting that interaction mechanisms concerning “identity” do not change over centuries. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 11:02:00 +0300 “The EU in its current form is a tragic mistake of the European history.” We should try to convince the European nation-states to start thinking differently, not “continentally.” They should accept that Russia is a country with its authentic national interests. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:54:00 +0300 Per Aspera ad Pax Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:47:00 +0300 Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way International experience has accumulated enough tools to resolve any territorial dispute. Success depends only on the competence of the negotiators and the political will of the leadership. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:41:00 +0300 Flexible Coalitions: Origins and Prospects If the world order is stabilized through a new kind of bipolarity or major renovation of the global collective security system, flexible coalitions will by all means be absorbed by these structures as a specific instrument of limited use. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 12:20:00 +0300 Unilateral Sanctions in a Multipolar World As a systemic element of the international agenda, sanctions will stay there for decades because they reflect fundamental transformations in international spheres of influence. This factor should be taken into account when adopting state and interstate decisions. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:50:00 +0300 Rethinking Sanctions Efficiency Businesses’ behavior is much different from that of states. While targeted states often show commitment to the behavior which had led to sanctions, businesses rather show conformity and agreeableness. Non-conformism cases are exceptional. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:20:00 +0300 From Heaven to Earth The “modified” version of common European memory politics is used ever more actively for geopolitical purposes to create a new mental frontier that is expected to divide the European geographic and cultural space once again, forcing Russia out, but retaining all other post-Soviet countries included in the Eastern Partnership program. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:14:00 +0300 Russia and Europe: Between Integration and Diplomacy A return to practices which existed in relations between Russia and Europe before the crisis of 2014 is not viewed as reasonable by either party. However, in the mid-term perspective, the parties may build a new model of relationship based on unbiased assessment of systemic resources and constraints. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:08:00 +0300 Is the Conflict Inevitable? Not at All. In the sphere of international politics, Russia generally remains a more active and influential player than China. Despite the declared transition to “great power diplomacy,” the Chinese foreign policy system remains cumbersome and hardly capable of acting in conditions of risk and rapid change. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0300 The International System and Models of Global Order An international system in which multiple models compete may be more balanced, ordered and innovative than a hegemonic one, and allow the common challenges facing humanity to be managed more coherently. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 10:53:00 +0300 Everything on Display Those who are used to thinking of foreign policy and diplomacy as some sort of ceremonious activity should forget the Congress of Vienna and Helsinki talks. The time of intellectual battles between responsible professionals behind closed doors is gone. Now everything is put on display. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 10:18:00 +0300 The East’s Rise and the New Russian Foreign Policy Russia is bracing to turn from its centuries-old foreign policy model (dating back to the Moscow Principality) to maintain direct control over its immediate periphery as a way to provide for its security. How new self-defense methods get integrated into the nation’s strategic culture can play a crucial role in the future. Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:39:00 +0300 Russian Interests in the Context of the Iranian-Saudi Crisis Provocations benefit everyone. They allow strong states to express anger, reaffirm their supremacy, and to even use force but without resorting to war. Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:38:00 +0300 What Russia Wants in Syria First of all, when we talk about the Russian policies in Syria, we should keep in mind that Syria is not a priority in Russian foreign policy in general, but also in the Middle East. Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:35:00 +0300 Developing the Far East and Chinese-Russian Relations: New Perceptions and New Practices Developing the Russian Far East and Siberia has been an important step in state-building for Russia. Although there have been debates about appropriate ideas and policies in the strategy, developing the vast frontier region and promoting relations with Asian countries has set a steadfast direction of development for Russia. Chinese-Russian cooperation in the border region during the early stages of imperial Russia’s policies in the Far East holds enlightening significance for today’s bilateral cooperation. Mon, 30 Sep 2019 10:43:00 +0300 Japan and the Development of the Russian Far East The main objective for the Shinzo Abe administration’s active engagement in supporting the involvement of Japanese companies in the development of the Russian Far East is to create favourable environment for resolution of the territorial issue and conclusion of a peace treaty with Russia. Japan–Russia cooperation in the Russian Far East is part of Abe’s 8-point cooperation plan with Moscow. Mon, 30 Sep 2019 09:39:00 +0300 World at a Crossroads and a System of International Relations for the Future Next year we will celebrate two great and interconnected anniversaries – the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic and Second World Wars, and the establishment of the UN. Reflecting on the spiritual and moral significance of these landmark events, one needs to bear in mind the enormous political meaning of the Victory that ended one of the most brutal wars in the history of mankind. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 00:01:00 +0300 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. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 10:08:00 +0300 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. Thu, 29 Aug 2019 12:42:00 +0300 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. Tue, 27 Aug 2019 10:18:00 +0300 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. Tue, 27 Aug 2019 10:06:00 +0300 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. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:07:00 +0300 U.S.-Russia Relations: The Quest for Stability Cyber disruptions. Military encounters. Geopolitical instability. Economic sanctions. Even the risk of nuclear annihilation. How did we get here? Tue, 13 Aug 2019 07:42:00 +0300 A New Anarchy? Scenarios for World Order Dynamics The current debate on the world order’s future mostly boils down to two opposite points of view. Mon, 12 Aug 2019 10:21:00 +0300 How Russia is deepening military ties with Iran to counter the US Russia and Iran are deepening their military ties in a joint challenge to perceived US hegemony in the Middle East. The Russian Defense Ministry and the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces signed a memorandum of understanding that seeks to expand military ties between the two countries on Monday during Iranian Navy Commander Hossein Khanzadi’s three-day visit to St. Petersburg. Tue, 06 Aug 2019 12:59:00 +0300 Not for Church Thu, 01 Aug 2019 12:03:00 +0300 The Church at a Historical Crossroads This is an unusual issue both in terms of format (we rarely focus entirely on one topic only) and content. Over the sixteen years of the journal’s existence, we have almost never addressed religious topics, quite consciously. This sphere is too specific, complicated, multifaceted, sensitive, and often explosive, and it seems risky to discuss it in an unspecialized political edition. And it surely abhors clich?s and simplifications, which the modern world is so inclined to make. Wed, 31 Jul 2019 13:14:00 +0300 Deutsche Bank - The End of an Aberration Deutsche Bank is Germany's largest (private) bank and, at the same time, its most controversial. It has left its mark on the German financial market as well as on the German economy, and it has been a trendsetter in its fundamental restructuring over the last twenty years. For ten years now, it has been mired in a deep crisis which threatens its very existence. Wed, 31 Jul 2019 11:18:00 +0300 India in the Era of Cyber Wars India has a solid and well-deserved reputation as one of the leaders in the global IT industry. This makes it all the more surprising that, until recently, Indian authorities had paid relatively little attention to introducing cyber technologies in the country’s governance system and using them to combat cyber threats posed by hackers acting out of personal, economic, and political motives. Wed, 31 Jul 2019 11:16:00 +0300 Geopolitics in Space and Time We should gradually free foreign policy of rigid subordination to geopolitics and related super-involvement. Geopolitics won’t disappear, but becoming less engulfed in it is an important task for Russia to tackle. Tue, 30 Jul 2019 15:32:00 +0300 Lessons of Korean Democratization for Modern Russia The Russian ideology might well take shape as an equivalent of chuch’es?ng ?a combination of ideas of self-strengthening and traditionalism, but tightly pegged to the endemics of a multi-ethnic/multicultural country. Tue, 30 Jul 2019 15:19:00 +0300 Chinese School of International Relations China has gradually evolved from a consumer into a producer and exporter of international knowledge. The shift of not only world power but also the production of international knowledge to China is already a real phenomenon of modern IR theories. Tue, 30 Jul 2019 14:45:00 +0300 Could Russia Utilize Cryptocurrencies in Its Foreign Policy Grand Strategizing? Cryptocurrencies could be “the straw that breaks the camel’s back” in speeding up the transition from the current system of American primacy towards something more akin to multipolarity. Tue, 30 Jul 2019 13:25:00 +0300 WikiLeaks as Rubicon and Zeitgeist The authorities will now take into account the whistleblower factor, practice more discretion and rely less on the methods the Americans used in Iraq or Russia. Tue, 30 Jul 2019 13:19:00 +0300 Digital Communication Disrupting Hegemonic Power in Global Geopolitics The gradual transformation from a unipolar order to a more multipolar order seems to be well underway, and digital factors can be used to either slow or speed up the process. Tue, 30 Jul 2019 12:50:00 +0300 Private Military and Security Companies Military missions and peacekeeping operations in the world will continue, while private security services will take different forms to meet new challenges and needs. So, discussions on possible forms of regulation and legitimization of PMSCs’ activities will continue, thereby affecting the development of international law. Tue, 30 Jul 2019 12:12:00 +0300 Symmetric versus Asymmetric Rule Very different ideas of how the world should be governed constitute one of the misunderstandings which underlie current East-West tensions. If Russia and the West wish to improve relations, they must reach a common interpretation of the rules. Thu, 25 Jul 2019 18:02:00 +0300 A Predictable Future? Almost all foreign policy concepts inherited from the bipolar and unipolar eras are either obsolete or false. Russia must stop dragging in the wake of the old foreign policy thought, which is obviously used more and more selfishly for protecting the waning positions of the West. Thu, 25 Jul 2019 17:52:00 +0300 Public Conflicts, Democracy and Authoritarianism Democracy is stable when most people (and ideally the entire population) are personally and economically independent. Thu, 25 Jul 2019 17:25:00 +0300 The Logic of Counterpoint Since it is unlikely that universalist claims of Western liberalism will evaporate any time soon, they will continue to produce a rationale for counter-ideological alignments. Thu, 25 Jul 2019 12:59:00 +0300 Nothing Is Alien The 2018/2019 world political season ended in an atmosphere of some fated madness, with tragedies degrading into a farce in line with Hegel’s trite aphorism. But the atmosphere of farce makes everyone fear that the situation may spiral out of control for the most trivial of reasons. Thu, 25 Jul 2019 12:44:00 +0300 Russia eyes big picture with S-400 sale to Turkey ussia's controversial S-400 deal with Turkey is more about constructing a Middle East less dependent on the United States than direct competition. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:29:00 +0300 In the Shadow of the Crescent Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:15:00 +0300 Imperialism, Geopolitics and Religion Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:12:00 +0300 Alternative Orthodoxy. Unlearned Lessons Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:55:00 +0300 Autocephaly and Orthodox Unity Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:50:00 +0300 Not So Great Schism Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:47:00 +0300 “We need a ‘prophecy option’” Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:33:00 +0300 Baltic Rehearsal Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:07:00 +0300 A Schism in Universal Orthodoxy? Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:05:00 +0300 Hybrid Faith Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:00:00 +0300 Ukrainian Church Schism: Political Ramifications Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:29:00 +0300 A Thorny Path of Ukrainian Orthodoxy Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:20:00 +0300 Anamnesis of the Schism Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:17:00 +0300 State and Religion Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:42:00 +0300 Old Dog, New Tricks Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:38:00 +0300 Religion and Politics: An Unbreakable Symbiosis? Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:34:00 +0300 Trump’s Trade Wars, Asia, and Russia The key question with regard to US-China relations overall is whether the US business community, which has been until recently the foundation of US domestic support for the China relations, feels more able to do business. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:59:00 +0300 Communication Lines in Diplomacy: Expanding the Possibility Set The problem with communication in today’s world may be the illusion that real communication is taking place and no additional lines of communication are necessary. The truth of the matter is that there is still sizeable potential to raise the “technological capacity” in international diplomatic communication to a higher level via allocating the “frequency bandwidth” to regional blocks and other stakeholders. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:56:00 +0300 The comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty: Another victim of US nuclear policy? Amid a number of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control crises, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was well down the list of pressing nuclear issues – until now. Sat, 06 Jul 2019 11:30:00 +0300 Emmanuel Macron Wants to Give a New Impetus to the Strategic Dialogue with Russia In an interview with the Swiss TV channel RTS, French President Emmanuel Macron said that it is necessary to give a new impetus to the strategic dialogue with Russia. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 09:47:00 +0300 We Are US/Russia Experts From Opposing Sides Finding Common Ground The most serious impediment to improving US Russian relations today is not the lack of trust between our nations but rather the dark cloud of suspicion hovering over the Trump administration regarding its ties to the Kremlin Tue, 25 Jun 2019 09:40:00 +0300 What is the ‘New Era’ of the Sino-Russian Relationship? For a long time, Western commentators did not take the close relationship between Russia and China seriously, because conventional wisdom held that the foundation of this link is fragile. Russia has its “Eurasian complex,” which is considered ephemeral and opportunistic, whereas in China there has been a strong distrust of Russia since the 1949 Communist revolution, as typified by the Mao-Stalin alienation. Today, such analytical logic can no longer hold water. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:54:00 +0300 Is There Life After Arms Control Death? For several years, serious experts in Russia and the West have repeatedly warned the public about the threat of the collapse of the international nuclear arms control system. They spoke about the system, to be precise, because in the past half a century arms control developed as a sum-total of supplementary elements rather than an eclectic set of separate unrelated bilateral or multilateral agreements. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:51:00 +0300 Common Dreams or Vulgar Delusions? Elite Preoccupations in Discourses about the ‘Commons’ Our age is witness to a proliferation of discourses about the ‘commons’. They are emerging from more and more quarters, and the word is being applied to more things than ever before. One important strand of discourse, claiming to be communist, seeks to apply it to all kinds of spheres, from the earth and its natural bounty to culture, and to all sorts of resources, from the most immaterial, such as common knowledge, to the most material, such as the use of the earth’s finite natural resources. Internet activists refer to information and knowledge that exits on the web as the ‘digital commons’. Thu, 06 Jun 2019 15:04:00 +0300 The INF Treaty: Mirror or Abyss? The number of nuclear weapon states, their respective arsenals, and transatlantic nuclear arrangements make Europe one of the most “nuclearized” continents. Luckily, even when the total warhead numbers were even higher, nuclear use had been avoided – although the threat remains real. Tue, 04 Jun 2019 18:14:00 +0300 Trump’s Visit to Japan: New Slices in Golf Diplomacy US President Donald Trump’s official visit to Japan on May 25-28 drew more attention than a typical meeting of leaders from two major Western nations, considering the current international and political context and the fact that the visit took place in the run-up to the upcoming G20 Summit in Osaka, which cast the meeting as an important phase in preparations for this event. Tue, 04 Jun 2019 18:07:00 +0300 Globalization: New Pathways Along the South–South Axis The year 2018 was marked by escalation in trade tensions among the world’s largest economies, mostly via bilateral trade restrictions. Fri, 31 May 2019 11:50:00 +0300 Sanctions Policy: The ‘European Paradox’ Since the end of the Cold War, economic sanctions have increasingly been used by big players as a tool of foreign policy. The initiators of sanctions use trade and financial restrictions to try to force the target countries to change course politically as well as to influence internal political processes. Mon, 27 May 2019 11:08:00 +0300 Finance as an Operational Theater in US-China Trade War The trade war opposing the US and China and the swelling of debt levels across the world to an all-time high are currently the two main risks for the world’s economy that could bring about a new global crisis. Mon, 27 May 2019 11:05:00 +0300 Intel: How Trump's 'maximum pressure' campaign is bringing Iran and Russia closer together Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's long-planned visit to Moscow today quickly turned into a grievance-sharing session with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov about the Donald Trump administration. Mon, 13 May 2019 09:38:00 +0300 A Phony Cold War For several years now, analysts have been unable to agree on a description for the state of Russia-West relations. The terms a “new” or “second” Cold War have been used more often than others. Mon, 13 May 2019 09:36:00 +0300 Intel: How Russia and Turkey are growing closer at US expense The April 30 phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan covered a broad range of topics, including trade, military cooperation and Syria, as the two countries continue to grow closer amid US-Turkey tensions. Wed, 08 May 2019 09:05:00 +0300 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. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:11:00 +0300 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. Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:07:00 +0300