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 Political Crisis in France: Locked by Elites We entered a political crisis. The incidents of Saturday, November 1, the evolution of claims and slogans of the Yellow Vests prove it. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:24:00 +0300 Crimea and Punishment On 25 November, Russia seized 24 Ukrainian sailors in the Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. It is the first open clash between the two countries since 2014. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:03:00 +0300 Scaling Down Ambitions? G20 Agenda Evolves from Global Governance to Bilateral Consultations The fate of the G20 is an example of how difficult it is in the modern world to establish any formalized forms of international or global governance. Despite the fact that problems are increasingly truly global in nature, their solution is becoming increasingly national. States do their due for their own citizens and, as a rule, do not take into account the interests of mankind as a whole. Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:23:00 +0300 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. Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:42:00 +0300 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. Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:16:00 +0300 Scaling Down Ambitions? G20 Agenda Evolves from Global Governance to Bilateral Consultations The fate of the G20 is an example of how difficult it is in the modern world to establish any formalized forms of international or global governance. Despite the fact that problems are increasingly truly global in nature, their solution is becoming increasingly national. States do their due for their own citizens and, as a rule, do not take into account the interests of mankind as a whole. Tue, 04 Dec 2018 08:10:00 +0300 Sanctions for the Violation of Sanctions: Businesses on US Treasury Radar Many evaluations of the US sanctions policy focus on major political steps – the adoption of new laws, the US President’s executive orders, the drafting of new bills, etc. At the same time, the practice of US regulators punishing specific companies for violating sanctions is of great interest. Such practices say a lot about the specifics of the sanctions policy and their effectiveness. Mon, 03 Dec 2018 09:52:00 +0300 Sanctions for the Violation of Sanctions: Businesses on US Treasury Radar Many evaluations of the US sanctions policy focus on major political steps – the adoption of new laws, the US President’s executive orders, the drafting of new bills, etc. At the same time, the practice of US regulators punishing specific companies for violating sanctions is of great interest. Such practices say a lot about the specifics of the sanctions policy and their effectiveness. Thu, 29 Nov 2018 09:43:00 +0300 Russia and Ukraine: Four Scenarios for the Future Nearly five years have passed since the start of the dramatic events of the Maidan in Kiev that engendered a profound crisis in Russia’s relations with both Ukraine and the West. Wed, 28 Nov 2018 16:49:00 +0300 Russia: the Power Broker in the Middle East? Historically, the Middle East has never been a Russia’s strategic priority comparable to Europe, the North-East Pacific or even the Central Asia. Unlike many other major European powers, Russia had no colonial ambitions in the region... Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:28:00 +0300 Angela Merkel’s New Momentum Since German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she will not seek another term and will step down as her party's leader at the end of this year, political obituaries have been rolling in. But far from bowing out quietly, Merkel will use her remaining time in office to cement her legacy as a defender of the European project. Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:26:00 +0300 The United States, Russia, and Europe in 2018 CSIS and RIAC Meeting Report Mon, 19 Nov 2018 10:44:00 +0300 The War That Determined Russian History for the Next 100 Years If we count the Napoleonic Wars, then the First World War was actually the Second. For a century after Napoleon, it was assumed that war is always limited and fighting is followed by negotiations. War was not an existential threat for the states. Mon, 19 Nov 2018 10:42:00 +0300 On Russia’s Power: is Winter Coming? On November 11–12, 2018, Abu Dhabi hosted the fifth annual expert meeting within the strategic dialog organized by Emirates Policy Center with the support of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:37:00 +0300 Mapping Global Strategic Stability in the Twenty-First Century The U.S.-Russia strategic relationship—the only one to have featured strategic arms control—is no longer central to global strategic stability. Thu, 08 Nov 2018 10:13:00 +0300 Anti-Russia Sanctions: A Fall Lull? After the high-profile events of August, an unusual lull befell the battlefields of the sanctions war. The sanctions have ceased for the time being to be a direct cause of volatility in the stock market and foreign exchange markets. Thu, 08 Nov 2018 10:10:00 +0300 How Russia's Greater Eurasia Plan May Spell the End of EU-Centric Model After a 500 year-long struggle for recognition of its status as a European power, Russia has positioned itself as a pivot to the East to develop Greater Eurasia, Glenn Diesen, a professor at the Higher School of Economics, told Sputnik, adding that this may spell the end of the Western-centric geo-economic infrastructure. Fri, 02 Nov 2018 16:04:00 +0300 What of a Future Canada-Russia Relationship? How Canada, in occasional partnership with Russia, could begin to drive higher-order issues on a global basis. Fri, 02 Nov 2018 16:01:00 +0300 The Danger of Withdrawing From the INF Treaty Breaking arms control agreements is much easier than concluding them, but history shows that rejecting arms control agreements never improves one’s security and always damages it, a lesson that Moscow and Washington should heed. Wed, 31 Oct 2018 10:43:00 +0300 EAEU: Integration Junction The fact that, in the 20th century, states have learned to take into consideration cooperation matters when identifying the main goals and objectives of their foreign policy,is a vastly positive development. That is not enough, though. Tue, 30 Oct 2018 10:46:00 +0300 The Soviet Union and the Iranian Revolution Islamism. Political Islam. Islamic fundamentalism. The mass media and academic studies are literally brimming with these terms. However, what we see today as a natural component of international relations, in the 1970s-1980s was an unheard-of and inconceivable phenomenon in world politics. Mon, 29 Oct 2018 17:03:00 +0300 Russia and Ukraine: Forever Apart? Historical arguments are heavily used by both Ukraine and Russia in pursuing their political goals at the national and international levels. The current state of relations between the two countries predetermines further instrumental use and misuse of history for the purposes of propaganda and hybrid war. Mon, 29 Oct 2018 16:36:00 +0300 Marginalization in Globalization Even the most controversial Chinese assessments concerning Russian diplomacy are of interest as they are formulated not from the Western point of view but from the position of China as a new rising power seeking to create its own specific national style in diplomacy. Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:18:00 +0300 The Grandeur and Miseries of Russia’s “Turn to the East” The reasons for Russia’s turn to the East obviously lie in geopolitics?it was unable to establish a fruitful interaction with the West. China also failed to develop equal relations with Western countries. That is why many Russia’s decisions about the Far East were taken without proper calculations regarding the chances for economic development and investment attractiveness. Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:50:00 +0300 Accelerated Development of the Russian Far East The Far East development strategy should focus on building an area of innovative resource-based economy. The production of innovative resource-intensive goods and services with a focus on the growing Asian markets running low on natural resources could be an attractive niche for the Russian Far East to take and succeed in. Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:36:00 +0300 Tectonics of the New World Order and the Russian Far East The Far East as a meeting point of three key regions?Eurasia, Pacific Asia, and the Arctic?opens up prospects for overcoming a false dilemma of traditional division into continental and maritime states. Russia’s dual geopolitical nature allows it to move along both tracks at the same time. Sun, 28 Oct 2018 15:28:00 +0300 The Formula of Trumponomics Globalization American-style has reached its natural limits, and now China and Asia as a whole are becoming the main beneficiaries of world development. The current growth of neomercantilism, protectionism and regionalization in the world resembles the situation of the decade before World War I. Sun, 28 Oct 2018 15:19:00 +0300 Revisionism of Powers in the Changing Historical Context Russia’s relations with the U.S. and its allies are unlikely to improve in the foreseeable future. This solves the problem of uncertain intentions?the most important methodological question in the international relations theory. The current intentions of the American bloc with regard to Russia, China and Iran are absolutely clear, and this creates unprecedented certainty in world politics. Sun, 28 Oct 2018 15:07:00 +0300 A Rapidly Changing Reality The world is not in disarray, it is in transition. As wealth and power move to the South and the East again after a couple of centuries, the validity of some normative assumptions and the efficacy of incumbent institutions that manage the world order is being severely tested. Sun, 28 Oct 2018 14:46:00 +0300 A Funfair Never Before Seen World politics resembles a never-before-seen funfair. A room of distorting mirrors, roller coasters, a fast and breathtaking merry-go-round, and swings flinging from one extreme point to the other… All of this is happening simultaneously, and we seem to be trapped inside this bizarre contraption that can pull all kinds of weird tricks. There is a feeling that a whole era is coming to an end. Sun, 28 Oct 2018 14:37:00 +0300 U.S. Withdrawal From the INF Treaty and the End of the Bilateral Era Strategic arms control has long been a foundation of U.S.-Russia relations, and removing this pillar will have profound consequences for the bilateral relationship. Neither Moscow nor Washington has displayed much political will or persistence to rescue the INF Treaty. Strategic arms control as it has been known for almost half a century is coming to its logical end. Fri, 26 Oct 2018 21:21:00 +0300 The Powerlessness of the Most Powerful The president of the leading global power has made it clear that he has no interest in getting involved in resolving any of the world’s shared problems, dressing up his foreign policy as one of "principled realism." But there is nothing principled or realistic about it. Tue, 23 Oct 2018 15:52:00 +0300 Living in a Crumbling World. Valdai Club Annual Report In each of its annual reports since 2014, the Valdai Discussion Club has consistently spoken of the need to restore global governance – meaning the resolution of emerging and growing problems through institutions-based cooperation between states holding particular political and economic importance to world affairs. Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:06:00 +0300 Russia and Turkey: Approaches to Regional Security in the Middle East Transformational processes in the Arab world in the beginning of the 2010s led Russia and Turkey to an understanding of the need to form new foreign policy approaches towards the Middle East. This article seeks to identify the impact of the approaches Russia and Turkey have taken on this issue on relations between Moscow and Ankara. Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:02:00 +0300 The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities This is an excerpt from the new book The Great Delusion : Liberal Dreams and International Realities by John Mearsheimer. Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:09:00 +0300 Syrian Surprises The Syrian crisis continues to bring new surprises. Analysts are becoming increasingly concerned with the “mutating” configuration of relations among the global and regional actors, driven primarily by the developments in Idlib Governorate. Tue, 09 Oct 2018 16:16:00 +0300 One More Time on Greater Europe and Greater Eurasia The ongoing crisis in relations between Russia and the EU is usually linked to dramatic events in and around Ukraine in 2013–2014. Indeed, it is impossible to imagine that the EU–Russia relationship can get back on track or “business as usual” until the Ukrainian conflict is resolved. Fri, 05 Oct 2018 14:11:00 +0300 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. Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:20:00 +0300 Fresh Momentum for the Balkans There can be little doubt that the last few decades have brought more frustration than progress to the Balkans. It would be ironic and deeply gratifying to see a region wracked by ethnic nationalism build bridges when so many others are building walls. Tue, 02 Oct 2018 10:58:00 +0300 Prospects for Russia–China Cooperation in the Middle East The Middle East is a region that has traditionally fallen under the influence of external forces. The desire of the United States to take a less active role in the Middle Eastern affairs, which was marked by the withdrawal of troops from Iraq in 2011 under the Obama administration, coincided with the increasing involvement of Russia and China in the processes taking place in the region. Tue, 02 Oct 2018 10:54:00 +0300 The ‘Who, What, When’ of Russia Sanctions: A Cheat Sheet for Laymen Russia watchers are still debating whether or not current tensions between Moscow and the U.S. are a new Cold War, but whatever the conflict gets called in the history books, all will agree that sanctions have been among the main weapons deployed. Thu, 27 Sep 2018 13:04:00 +0300 Russia and South Korea: Towards a Strategic Partnership? The possibility of Seoul gradually distancing itself from its US patron has become quite plausible. If South Korea becomes a fully sovereign actor, this will create a new geopolitical landscape in which Russia could become one of its key partners. Thu, 27 Sep 2018 12:51:00 +0300 Islam and Global Commons: The Gap between Principles and Practices It is estimated that there are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, who represent over 20% of the world’s population. No one is exempt from the vagaries of climate change, and Muslims have to accept their share of the responsibility. Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:50:00 +0300 “We Have Used Up the European Treasure Trove” Russia is genetically an authoritative country. This must be calmly accepted and used as a competitive advantage. Another factor that pushes us towards the pivot is that Europe is stagnating, locked in a complex crisis, and not really capable of much, while Asia is growing rapidly, due in no small part to military “cover” from Russia. Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:47:00 +0300 The Summit in Singapore and the Failure of Donald Trump’s Diplomacy It seemed before the Singapore summit, - the meeting of the leaders of the US and North Korea, which was drawing attention of the whole international community while being prepared, that Donald Trump’s “blackmail diplomacy” proved its effectiveness. However, is it possible to consider his policy towards Pyongyang and his administration’s foreign policy a success? Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:39:00 +0300 China and Russia: new BFFs thanks to an insecure US Recent war games highlight Moscow and Beijing’s increasingly closer ties, which are based on a convergence of national interests, a similar view of the world order – and the need for an ally against a belligerent America Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:06:00 +0300 US Indo-Pacific Strategy: Myths and Reality Facing its ‘most dynamic and formidable competitor in modern history’, Washington increasingly does away with hopeful thinking and seeks new approaches towards Asia. It raised the concept of the Indo-Pacific region. But what strategy is behind this buzzword? And what does it mean for Asia? Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:59:00 +0300 Mistakes in Syria Are Inevitable Syria continues to be the key newsmaker when it comes to the international agenda. With the breakthrough agreement between Russia and Turkey and the recent downing of the Russian plane, the situation offers more questions than answers and remains the matter of the biggest concern. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:36:00 +0300 Russia-Japan -- peace can wait Putin has snubbed Abe as he boosts links with China amid growing US hostility to Beijing and Moscow. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:26:00 +0300 Where Is the West As Endgame in Syria Looms? It is high time that the US, and especially the UK, accepted that their war in Syria has been lost – or at least that their original objective, the removal of Bashar al-Assad has not been achieved. Are they prepared to pursue the fight now at the expense of Idlib’s 3 million civilians? Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:42:00 +0300 Boosting the USE of national currencies among BRICS The use of national currencies among developing countries is acquiring increasing importance as the developing economies are building their own development banks and integration platforms against the backdrop of rising protectionist pressures in the developed world. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 18:04:00 +0300 Russia and the United States Don’t Need New Summits The first full-fledged summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump held in late July has not improved and, indeed, could not have improved the general atmosphere of Russia-US relations. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:01:00 +0300 How to Win a Cold War It is about time to draft a truly new foreign policy concept as the previous narrative has exhausted itself, being more of a ritual than a guide to action. Russia needs “strategic patience” as never before. Tue, 04 Sep 2018 16:32:00 +0300 Looking at Tiananmen Square through the Brandenburg Gate Which country has already suffered the greatest losses through the new U.S. strategy announced a year-and-a-half ago by President Donald Trump? Tue, 04 Sep 2018 11:30:00 +0300 A ‘Balanced Partnership’? Berlin Is Recalibrating Transatlantic Relations Strengthening the European Union and building a “sovereign and strong Europe” has been the central rationale for both the Christian and the Social Democrats to enter into what once used to be a Grand Coalition government in Germany. The growing weight of powers in the Far East and the not-so-Far East and the concomitant return of great power politics compels Europe to reassert its own (for the time being lacking) power. Tue, 04 Sep 2018 11:27:00 +0300 Merkel’s Trip to a Divided Region The main value of the visit lies in the fact that the agendas differed radically for the countries of the South Caucasus – the diversification of relations was visible to the naked eye. Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:04:00 +0300 The race is on to secure the world’s biggest trading bloc – and China is leading the way The theme of trade wars appears to have firmly taken centre-stage across the globe – from impacting international trade flows to sending shivers across international financial markets. Mon, 27 Aug 2018 07:23:00 +0300 Russia, US looking for common ground on Syria US national security adviser John Bolton met in Geneva with Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev to outline the range of issues the two nations can jointly cooperate on. Mon, 27 Aug 2018 07:20:00 +0300 DASKAA and the New Anti-Russia Sanctions: Does the US Want Self-Isolation? The US sanctions against Russia have become habitual background news. As in wartime, people get used to daily bombing attacks, so at this point, news on the sanctions will only surprise the few that haven’t been paying attention. Thu, 23 Aug 2018 09:17:00 +0300 The New World Disorder In order to understand the present and the future of the world order, an analysis should start with the last phase of the bipolar system, late Gorbachev era. Wed, 22 Aug 2018 09:17:00 +0300 A New Model of Human Security Between interventionist excesses and tragic cases of inaction, it is clear that the international community still lacks a reliable doctrine of humanitarian intervention. The problem is that current security models are still based on the traditional concept of state sovereignty, rather than focusing on individual dignity. Tue, 21 Aug 2018 10:20:00 +0300 The Race Is On: RCEP Could Emerge as the First Megabloc The theme of trade wars appears to have firmly taken center-stage across the globe – from impacting international trade flows to sending shivers across international financial markets. Tue, 21 Aug 2018 10:12:00 +0300 Israel and Gaza: Determination vs. Desperation The Israel–Hamas conflict threatens to escalate into a new war that could surpass anything seen during the previous operations in the Gaza Strip in terms of the amount of bloodshed. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:19:00 +0300 Two Significant Developments in US-Russian Relations What has emerged over the past year is a two-track US policy: resumption of contacts between the two presidents with a promise of more summits and reopening of discussion channels on a number of issues at the same time as there has been an escalation of sanctions. Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:37:00 +0300 Germany’s Dangerous Nuclear Flirtation Opening a debate on German nuclear armament, as some are advocating, would be the geopolitical equivalent of walking into checkmate. Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:07:00 +0300 “Seven Capital Vices” of China in Africa: How Capital Are They Really? The recent tenth BRICS Summit in Johannesburg and the forthcoming China-Africa Cooperation Summit in Beijing bring the Chinese-African relations to the center of political and academic discussions. Tue, 07 Aug 2018 08:31:00 +0300 Russia–Turkey Relations Need a Stronger Foundation Relations between Russia and Turkey have always been and will always be a controversial subject. Even over the last couple of years, this relationship experienced dramatic ups and downs, sudden U-turns from cooperation to confrontation and back to cooperation. Fri, 03 Aug 2018 10:45:00 +0300 Chances for a New “Peace of Westphalia”? The situation which we now observe in the world, as far as the major political players are concerned, will probably continue for an unusually long time. Familiar protagonists-the current leaders-are set to retain their leading roles on the world stage: Putin for another 6 years, Merkel for nearly four more years, Macron for even longer, President Xi as long as he wishes to stay... Wed, 01 Aug 2018 18:45:00 +0300 U.S.- Russia Relations and a Second Trump-Putin Summit Just days after what was widely regarded in the United States as an abysmal performance by President Trump in Helsinki, the White House disclosed an invitation for President Putin to visit Washington. That has led to numerous negative reactions, from Democrats and Republicans alike, for whom a second summit seems likely to be a setback for U.S. interests. Fri, 27 Jul 2018 12:12:00 +0300 Donald Trump as Champion of Summits. Behind the Washington Mainstream If we look at the US president Donald Trump’s behavior during the press conference in Helsinki on July 16, 2018, the relationship between him and Vladimir Putin can be considered as stable and confident. Wed, 25 Jul 2018 11:54:00 +0300 ‘We are in a very, very grave period’ The grand consigliere of American diplomacy talks about Putin, the new world order — and the meaning of Trump Tue, 24 Jul 2018 12:45:00 +0300 Shadows Over the Putin-Trump Summit The U.S. president probably expected to declare that he had a “very good” meeting with the formidable Vladimir Putin and had achieved what none of his White House predecessors had. Instead, Donald Trump’s performance, particularly at the press conference, inflicted on him accusations of na?vet? and even treason, and his retractions hardly repaired the damage. This is disquieting news for Putin: instead of a much needed defrosting of U.S.-Russian relations, America's anti-Russia policy may get harder still. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:09:00 +0300 Sanctions Give America Zero Leverage in Punishing Russia As Trump prepares to meet Vladimir Putin, there is no sign that he has absorbed the lessons of multiple rounds of Western sanctions against Russia since 2014. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:38:00 +0300 The Helsinki Summit: the Beginning of a Journey The long-awaited meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump has finally happened. The very fact that the meeting took place is a very positive development in international affairs. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:36:00 +0300 Putin-Trump: the Real Test Will Come in the Implementation Phase After the Summit Is Over The most likely outcome of the Putin-Trump summit is that both Presidents will declare it a success and agree that their officials will begin work on resolving a number of difficult issues. But the real test will come in the implementation phase after the summit is over. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:15:00 +0300 The Art of Expectation Management It is evident that Vladimir Putin yearns for a meeting with Donald Trump. He has always desired this meeting — since the day Trump had won the presidential election in November of 2016. The Kremlin would have apparently preferred an early summit to take place in spring of last year. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:12:00 +0300 Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki might solve Syrian crisis Russia and the United States have very different approaches and goals in the Middle East, but they could lead to a solution in Syria. Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:02:00 +0300 How to Reduce Nuclear Risks in Helsinki Presidents Trump and Putin will finally meet next week in Helsinki for a bilateral summit. Throughout the Cold War, summits between US and Soviet leaders were overwhelmingly welcomed in both countries and the world as an opportunity to reduce tensions. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:15:00 +0300 The Russia-US Summit: Skepticism but Cautious Hope The announcement that President Donald Trump will meet President Vladimir Putin on 16 July in Helsinki met considerable skepticism in the US. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 07:32:00 +0300 Despite the Helsinki Summit, the Hybrid War Is Here to Stay Since 2014, Russia and the US have been engaged in a hybrid war, characterized by conflict in financial, technological, and ideological spheres. Regardless of the results of the summit, this hybrid war is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. However, the relationship can and must be stabilized through clear understanding by both parties of the other side’s behavior and motivations Fri, 06 Jul 2018 10:56:00 +0300 Mission Possible? US State Secretary Goes to Pyongyang Again On July 5, 2018, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his visit to North Korea. According to Washington, at a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un he would seek Pyongyang’s agreement on a denuclearization “road map.” Fri, 06 Jul 2018 10:50:00 +0300 It is not Russia that is shaping this world order, it is history. Foreign Minister S.Lavrov’s interview with Channel 4, Moscow, June 29, 2018 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 11:32:00 +0300 Peace in Afghanistan: The Duty of Afghanistan’s Region In the short term, the war in Afghanistan will be chiefly not a military struggle but a test of American political stamina and of the capacity of the Afghan elites to maintain a minimally consensual state in Kabul. Tue, 03 Jul 2018 09:21:00 +0300 Russia-US Summit: Not Only Russians Are the Slow Starters Not only the Russians are the slow starters who drive fast. It appears that this is true of the Americans as well. In any case, one can’t help getting this impression amid the flurry of reports about the upcoming summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Of course, we can only speculate on its outcomes until it actually takes place. Tue, 03 Jul 2018 09:19:00 +0300 Why the World is Not Becoming Multipolar Multilateralism Instead of Multipolarity Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:10:00 +0300 The Rise of China and Its Implications for Global Development and Stability China’s rise has changed the global landscape. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:05:00 +0300 The New Global Governance: Towards a More Sustainable Framework Faced with threats ranging from climate change to hugely disruptive technological advances, the world is clearly at a crossroads. More than ever a stable, inclusive and global governance is needed. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 08:37:00 +0300 John Bolton heads to Moscow to discuss Trump-Putin meeting - and possible World Cup visit Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton is travelling to Moscow to discuss a meeting between the US president and Vladimir Putin that could coincide with the World Cup final. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 10:31:00 +0300 These are the Benefits of a U.S.-Russia Summit Presidents Trump and Putin appear set to hold a summit meeting in July. This will be their third in-person meeting even though both leaders have made statements about how they have a positive working relationship and that they have spoken often by phone. Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:22:00 +0300 The Western Crack-Up By imposing tariffs on US allies and cozying up to brutal dictators such as North Korea's Kim Jong-un, US President Donald Trump is sowing deep mistrust within the West. But if Trump thinks a divide-and-rule strategy can "make America great again," he is in for a rude awakening. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:02:00 +0300 Turkey-Russia Relations: Backgammon vs Chess What Putin knows is that Turkey is “forced to go to the hands of Russia” as never ever before since World War II. It is up to President Putin to encounter this proposal. Turkey made a move like in chess, and now it is up to chess master Putin what move he will do. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:58:00 +0300 Ideology of Eastward Turn The first phase of Russia’s turn towards rising Asia is gaining momentum – the Far East’s rate of development is twice the national average. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:34:00 +0300 Not to Disappear One by One Vladimir Putin’s visit to China and the simultaneous G7 summit in Canada created an unprecedentedly hard background for comparison. The US president’s public denunciation of his Western allies and his refusal to sign the G7 summit’s final statement have only emphasized the stability and promise of Russian-Chinese cooperation. Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:55:00 +0300 Putin’s Economic Dilemma Despite Western sanctions and oil-price volatility, Russia is currently on sturdier economic footing than most of its critics ever could have imagined just a few years ago. But while prudent fiscal and monetary policies have laid the groundwork for long-term sustainable growth, the government must resist the temptation of short-term stimulus. Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:41:00 +0300 Fighting Sanctions: From Legislation to Strategy President Vladimir Putin has signed federal law "On Measures (Countermeasures) Against Unfriendly Actions of the United States of America and Other Foreign Countries." The State Duma is also discussing sanctions-related amendments to the Criminal Code. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:57:00 +0300 Russia can be the honest broker in Korean diplomacy Only joint efforts with US, China, North and South Korea will bring a lasting deal Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:10:00 +0300 World Cup 2018: Behind the scenes on Putin's oil deals and diplomatic wrangling ‘We have to convince people that Russia is a normal country, not the caricature published in Western newspapers’ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:06:00 +0300 Everyone Wins: Russia, China, and the Trump-Kim Summit The summit of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore brought the Korean peninsula closer to peace, but it was more about symbolism than substance. Its most important outcome is to bring North Korea out of diplomatic isolation—something that is welcome to both China and Russia. Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:05:00 +0300 Decentralization of Ukraine Spells New Challenges to Canonical Orthodoxy Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:48:00 +0300 Defying Stereotypes Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:39:00 +0300