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13.09.2013
SCO Matters

SCO Matters

The SCO helps to create a spirit and network of cooperation in many fields, primarily in economics and security. Thanks to its structure, it can find responses to emerging security challenges.
13.09.2013
The Roizman Phenomenon

The Roizman Phenomenon

  • Julie Leighton
Yevgeny Roizman seems to be a politically savvy realist. If he continues applying this mindset to his mayor position, he may shape up to be a formidable leader of the Russian opposition.
12.09.2013
Syria: Make Arms-Control, Not War

Syria: Make Arms-Control, Not War

The proposal to hand over Syrian chemical weapons to international monitors is a very positive development. It may prevent the American airstrike against Syria and allows Russia and the United States to finally find some common ground.
12.09.2013
So Much Hot Air Expected in Bishkek

So Much Hot Air Expected in Bishkek

The SCO summit will take place in the atmosphere of heightened international tensions brought on by the Syrian conflict, but the possible criticism of the United States will be quite meaningless.
12.09.2013
Could Lavrov Be Right About Spengler?

Could Lavrov Be Right About Spengler?

Syria is the stark example that demonstrates how the Western community, including the states that declare themselves to be the defenders of the normative values, attempt to find the way to forget about their self-proclaimed mission.
12.09.2013
Syria—Don’t Add Vines to the Tangle

Syria—Don’t Add Vines to the Tangle

  • Ijen Kim
It is enough to concentrate on the realistic options for action or non-action and their possible implications for Syria without getting caught up in big things such as mission and values.
11.09.2013
Mr. Warlick’s Tough New Job

Mr. Warlick’s Tough New Job

The appointment of a new mediator for the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict lasting for 25 years now, is a good moment to ask whether Washington could be undertaking more to resolve the dispute.
11.09.2013
A Horizon for Russian-Chinese Energy Relations

A Horizon for Russian-Chinese Energy Relations

  • Joe Parson
Russian and Chinese bilateral energy relations have grown significantly in the last decade. Geography is the most telling feature of this relationship.
10.09.2013
Moscow Elections: Winners and Losers

Moscow Elections: Winners and Losers

  • Nikolay Petrov
The very idea of early mayoral elections was meant to strengthen positions of authorities in elections to the Moscow city Duma next year. It worked the opposite way.
10.09.2013
Navalny’s Success Means Harder Choices for the Kremlin

Navalny’s Success Means Harder Choices for the Kremlin

The post-Moscow-election situation, rather than consolidating the support for, and legitimacy of the system, has generated new uncertainties.
10.09.2013
Moscow’s Election: Did the Authorities Win?

Moscow’s Election: Did the Authorities Win?

Sergey Sobyanin scored only a relative victory in the Moscow mayoral election. Alexey Navalny was the real winner: he established himself as an opposition politician of national scale.
9.09.2013
Talking Syria... Just Talking?

Talking Syria... Just Talking?

Delivering arms to the conflicting sides, carrying out a unilateral, irresponsible strike, or blocking the work of the UNSC can only multiply the violence in Syria.
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.
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