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2.08.2021
Can the Yuan Ever Replace the Dollar for Russia?

Can the Yuan Ever Replace the Dollar for Russia?

Testing the possibilities of internationalizing the Chinese currency in Russia is a tempting prospect for both Beijing and Moscow, but agreements on paper simply aren’t enough to change reality.
29.07.2021
Why Everyone’s a Winner in the Nord Stream 2 Deal

Why Everyone’s a Winner in the Nord Stream 2 Deal

The agreement between Germany and the United States, which at first glance appears to be to Russia’s advantage, is in fact beneficial to all parties—even Ukraine.
27.07.2021
Is Russia Finally Ready to Tackle Climate Change?

Is Russia Finally Ready to Tackle Climate Change?

In theory, climate change and green energy are areas in which there is scope for joint international projects, new investment, and the transfer of green technology to Russia. Yet drastic differences in targets set and regulatory frameworks make such an optimistic scenario unlikely.
26.07.2021
Common Ground: Why Russia and Canada Should Cooperate in the Arctic

Common Ground: Why Russia and Canada Should Cooperate in the Arctic

As the largest Arctic states, Canada and Russia have the most to lose if we allow differences to stymie cooperation.
22.07.2021
Podcast: A Closer Look at Russia’s New National Security Strategy

Podcast: A Closer Look at Russia’s New National Security Strategy

This podcast episode focuses on Russia’s new National Security Strategy and the vision of the world presented in it.
21.07.2021
Is There a New Status Quo in Russia-West Relations?

Is There a New Status Quo in Russia-West Relations?

The Biden-Putin summit has elicited hopes for a new status quo in relations between Russia and the West, marked by guardrails and the prevention of further destabilization. Yet this momentum will be short-lived if it is not backed up by coordination between the United States and Europe, and commitment from Moscow.
20.07.2021
What’s in a Name? India’s Role in the Indo-Pacific

What’s in a Name? India’s Role in the Indo-Pacific

For now, India’s role in the Western Pacific region remains symbolic, and in the Indo-Pacific context, confined to the Indian Ocean Region.
19.07.2021
Russia’s History Wars: Why Is Stalin’s Popularity On the Rise?

Russia’s History Wars: Why Is Stalin’s Popularity On the Rise?

Stalin stands in for the lack of modern heroes, and overshadows all the most important historical events of the twentieth century, symbolically compensating for the failures, defeats, and setbacks of more recent years.
15.07.2021
Double Ally: How Seoul Stays Friendly With Both Washington and Moscow

Double Ally: How Seoul Stays Friendly With Both Washington and Moscow

The U.S.-Russia standoff has escalated so much in recent years that other countries find it almost impossible to maintain good relations with both Washington and Moscow. Those who manage to tread that line successfully include South Korea.
14.07.2021
Can the Russia-India Friendship Survive in the New Bipolar World?

Can the Russia-India Friendship Survive in the New Bipolar World?

Russia and India’s divergence toward the two global centers of power—China and the United States—is gradually burning the bridges of Russian-Indian friendship.
13.07.2021
Afghanistan After the U.S. Pullout: Challenges to Russia and Central Asia

Afghanistan After the U.S. Pullout: Challenges to Russia and Central Asia

The nature of the Afghan problem for Central Asia and Russia lies in Afghanistan becoming a source of instability for the region.
9.07.2021
Will Tough New Sanctions Change the Course of Events in Belarus?

Will Tough New Sanctions Change the Course of Events in Belarus?

If Moscow and the West manage to de-escalate their confrontation, Lukashenko’s main currency—his demonstrative anti-Western stance—will be devalued in the eyes of the Kremlin.
8.07.2021
Does the Collective Security Treaty Organization Have a Future?

Does the Collective Security Treaty Organization Have a Future?

The CSTO still has a chance to prove itself—if it can demonstrate effective and coordinated work after the impending withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
6.07.2021
Russia’s National Security Strategy: A Manifesto for a New Era

Russia’s National Security Strategy: A Manifesto for a New Era

The central feature of the new strategy is its focus on Russia itself. The Russian leadership has every reason right now to turn homeward to address the glaring weaknesses, imbalances, and inequalities of the country’s internal situation.
2.07.2021
Competition Among Russia, China, and United States Heats Up in Antarctic

Competition Among Russia, China, and United States Heats Up in Antarctic

For now, there is no public discussion of exploiting Antarctic mineral deposits, but in 2048, the Madrid protocol banning mining is due to be reviewed, and it’s unlikely the status quo will remain in place.
30.06.2021
Conservatives Triumph in Tehran: Does the Iran Nuclear Deal Still Matter?

Conservatives Triumph in Tehran: Does the Iran Nuclear Deal Still Matter?

The Iran nuclear deal is important not just because of what it achieves, but also as a model for potential future agreements. It tests an approach whereby the United States concludes an agreement with a rogue state, while the implementation of that agreement is secured by a multilateral format.
29.06.2021
All Change: Donbas Republics Get New Russian Business Boss

All Change: Donbas Republics Get New Russian Business Boss

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics are moving on from the wild days of economic piracy to more orderly exploitation schemes. The prospects of reintegrating the region under the Minsk accords are growing more illusory.
25.06.2021
Sailing Into Troubled Waters. Russia Counters Britain in the Black Sea

Sailing Into Troubled Waters. Russia Counters Britain in the Black Sea

Fresh attempts to expose Russian “red line” deterrence as hollow—whether on the ground, in the air, or at sea—would push Moscow to defend what it cannot give up without losing its self-respect. This would almost inevitably lead to clashes and casualties, which would carry the risk of further escalation.
24.06.2021
What Does Pashinyan’s Victory Bode for Armenia and the Region?

What Does Pashinyan’s Victory Bode for Armenia and the Region?

Aware of his new reputation as “Baku’s candidate,” Pashinyan will likely try to negotiate small victories, such as getting more prisoners of war released, and pass these off as the results of his firm position. Building on that, he will promise bigger victories soon to come, such as the transit of goods to Russia via Azerbaijan.
17.06.2021
Putin’s New (Old) Russia Meets Biden’s New America

Putin’s New (Old) Russia Meets Biden’s New America

What Moscow is proposing is a renewed format of Cold War–era relations, when the two sides operated in full recognition of their obvious differences, contained each other’s expansion, and together wrote the rules needed to avoid a fatal collision.
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