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9.09.2013
Russia and Iran: Arms for Peace?

Russia and Iran: Arms for Peace?

With the U.S. strikes against Syria announced also with Iran in mind, and Moscow and Tehran acting as de facto allies in Syria, the meeting between Putin and Rowhani at the SCO summit will be important.
6.09.2013
The September 8 Election as a Start of Transformation of the Party and Political System

The September 8 Election as a Start of Transformation of the Party and Political System

  • Alexander Kynev
The September 8 election and its aftermath may become a watershed for developing Russia’s party and political system.
6.09.2013
No More Means to Preserve the Status Quo

No More Means to Preserve the Status Quo

  • Alexey Titkov
The September 8 regional elections in Russia will continue the transition from stability, with a domination of Putin and the United Russia, to a new political arrangement and a greater uncertainty.
5.09.2013
September 8 Election As a New Phase of the Society and Authorities' Coevolution

September 8 Election As a New Phase of the Society and Authorities' Coevolution

  • Nikolay Petrov
During 2013 election campaign the Kremlin being faced with serious challenges is trying to react and to preserve the system by making some improvements—not in order to make citizens happy but in order to survive.
5.09.2013
Who Has the Right to Punish?

Who Has the Right to Punish?

Barack Obama has made a decision to “punish” Bashar Assad with a quick strike. Is taking on the role of the Supreme Arbiter and usurping the right to punish someone acceptable?
5.09.2013
St. Petersburg Summit: Worth the Price of the Flight?

St. Petersburg Summit: Worth the Price of the Flight?

  • Julie Leighton
Even before the G20 summit’s formal opening its failure was predictable. Too many factors will make constructive dialogue between the United States and Russia impossible.
4.09.2013
Return of Politics

Return of Politics

This year, the mayoral race in Moscow is more than just a return of politics—with anti-establishment candidate Alexey Navalny on the ballot, this campaign has triggered a repoliticization of the Russian society.
4.09.2013
The Cold War Again or a New Deal

The Cold War Again or a New Deal

The impending G20 summit may well become a good occasion to usher in a process to build a mutually agreed-upon mechanism and rules to resolve conflicts.
4.09.2013
An Offer Sargsyan Could Not Refuse

An Offer Sargsyan Could Not Refuse

The administration of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan embraced a Russian takeover of the nation’s economy that left political control in Armenian hands. As Sargsyan began to have second thoughts about this bargain, he found himself short of options.
3.09.2013
How Democratic Procedures Undermine Democratic Values

How Democratic Procedures Undermine Democratic Values

Syria is the last test when the liberal community of states can demonstrate whether as a civilization it is still capable of overcoming lethargy and defending the principles it has been declaring as its mission.
3.09.2013
G20 as the Global Boondoggle

G20 as the Global Boondoggle

Instead of reforming the old world order, the global powers are busy establishing new institutions with unclear powers that no one really knows how to use.
2.09.2013
U.S.A., Ltd.

U.S.A., Ltd.

Syria demonstrates the new limits of U.S. power. The international legality of the threatened military action matters to Obama perhaps more than it ever mattered to his predecessor.
30.08.2013
End of Great Powers in Syria

End of Great Powers in Syria

The Syrian case has proved the existence of a very serious problem in international relations. Russia and the United States, which used to regard themselves as great powers, have no capability to be such powers.
30.08.2013
A Postcard From Oslo

A Postcard From Oslo

Norwegians are anything but paranoid about Russia. Rather than dealing in stereotypes, they are engaged in deep and extensive research of their neighbor.
29.08.2013
“For Your And Our Freedom”: August, 45 Years Later

“For Your And Our Freedom”: August, 45 Years Later

The current Russian regime may not explicitly present itself as a successor of the Soviet regime and its policies, but it firmly defends them against their detractors.
28.08.2013
Talking About Everything but Syria

Talking About Everything but Syria

All the shadows and ghosts of the conflicts of the last three decades make it hard for any decision maker to focus on what is the best policy for Syria itself.
27.08.2013
Syria Is No Serbia

Syria Is No Serbia

The situation in and around Syria is remarkably different from the Balkans in the 1990s. There will be multiple reactions to the U.S. actions in the region and beyond, and massive unintended consequences.
26.08.2013
Austria: Bridge-Building as Nation-Branding

Austria: Bridge-Building as Nation-Branding

Austria is on the lookout for a distinct international identity. The ministers are seeking to expand the bridge-building function which Austria has traditionally served between Europe’s east and the west.
23.08.2013
The Unfinished 1991

The Unfinished 1991

The Soviet Union’s collapse and disintegration did not come all at once. It was a long process, which is still unfinished. Instability, unpredictability, and insecurity of the 1990s became a good launching pad for the current leadership of Russia.
23.08.2013
Poisonous

Poisonous

Over the past 30 months, Syria has become a place where Moscow and Washington have been pushing hard for their very different concepts of international order. For the first time since the first Gulf War over two decades ago, Russia is actually checking U.S. power in the Middle East.
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