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 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 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). Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:06:00 +0300 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. Thu, 04 Apr 2019 12:12:00 +0300 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. Thu, 04 Apr 2019 12:10:00 +0300 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. Wed, 03 Apr 2019 12:53:00 +0300 War with Russia? Stephen F. Cohen ‘s book War with Russia? is controversial and debatable. Any of the author’s arguments should create applause by his supporters and fierce opposition from his critics as they could be the starting point for a much-needed debate. Thu, 28 Mar 2019 08:14:00 +0300 “We do not dream of the future anymore, we’re scared of it.” People used to have the right to their own interpretation, but the facts were common. Now everybody has the right to his own facts. Ours is a life in a room with walls of mirrors. It’s no wonder that we are scared of each other. Thu, 28 Mar 2019 08:03:00 +0300 From Mistrust to Solidarity or More Mistrust? The rise of right-wing politicians advocating migration restrictions in the EU and the U.S., on the one hand, and the modernization of migration policy in Russia, on the other hand, are changing the discourse on solidarity with migrants, making it more multifaceted but also controversial. Wed, 27 Mar 2019 20:22:00 +0300 Artificial Intelligence and New Threats to International Psychological Security Scenario simulation of the malicious use of artificial intelligence and protection against related threats requires broad international cooperation and the creation of special national and international scientific and practical centers. Wed, 27 Mar 2019 13:09:00 +0300 Western Asia and North Africa in the Neo-Modernity Context A variety of principles of international relations are manifest in the emerging world of neo-modernity. While the Middle East concept within Western Asia and North Africa is struggling with the challenges of postmodern relativism and some of its elements are waning, the premodern concept of the Islamic world is regaining relevancy. Wed, 27 Mar 2019 12:45:00 +0300 Can the United States Contain China? Even if China’s high-tech offensive could be contained through a strategy of decoupling, it would not necessarily benefit most Americans. To the extent that corporations are rerouting supply chains out of China, the jobs and manufacturing are not returning to the United States but relocating elsewhere in Asia. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 15:22:00 +0300 “Long Peace” and Nuclear Weapons It is not nuclear weapons that help maintain stability; rather, a gradual decay of the “long peace” will raise the need for the transformation of nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons already act not so much as a guarantee against war as a guarantee that your enemy will not use them against you?like chemical weapons in World War II. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 14:31:00 +0300 From Global Order to Global Transition A major factor in understanding the present and future global transition processes will be a global rethinking of (asymmetric) resources available to international actors, ideas and perceptions of the leaders of major powers and the nature of internal political processes. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 13:59:00 +0300 Between Polycentrism and Bipolarity The world of the future will be more complex and volatile than it looked just 20-30 years ago. There will be enough room for a variety of combinations by different world policy actors cooperating with each other in different formats. The concept of multilaterality might become one of the guidelines to follow in this process. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:55:00 +0300 The House That Built Who? This year is filled with anniversaries of events that happened in 1989. Back then Europe and the entire world witnessed a change of the sociopolitical paradigm, which soon led to the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the end of the previous system of international relations. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:45:00 +0300 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. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 09:43:00 +0300 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. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:06:00 +0300 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. Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:41:00 +0300 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. Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:34:00 +0300 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. Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:31:00 +0300 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.” Thu, 14 Mar 2019 09:08:00 +0300 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. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 10:38:00 +0300 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. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 10:36:00 +0300 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. Tue, 05 Mar 2019 10:27:00 +0300