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26.06.2013
Iran's Relieved Neighbors in the Caucasus

Iran's Relieved Neighbors in the Caucasus

With Hassan Rowhani as president of Iran, the Caucasus countries will still be pulled between Iran and the West. But they will be better placed to make the argument that their Iran policies are a case of positive cultural diplomacy.
25.06.2013
On the Iranian Elections: How Matryoshka Reproduces Itself

On the Iranian Elections: How Matryoshka Reproduces Itself

Iranian system resembles Russian matryoshka–doll—you open one doll and there is another inside. The first matryoshka—the regime embodied by the presidency—is the subject for beating and for doing unpleasant things. Inside the shell is the real power—the authority of the Supreme Leader.
24.06.2013
What Rowhani’s Victory Means for the World

What Rowhani’s Victory Means for the World

The international community is most interested in the foreign policy implications of the Iranian election. The combination of Rowhani in Tehran and Obama at the White House looks fortunate for diplomacy and peace. The reality will clearly be more complicated.
21.06.2013
G8 Summit: Russia and the West

G8 Summit: Russia and the West

The G8 stands as a monument to unfulfilled promises and expectations of Russia’s integration into the West and its transformation along Western standards.
21.06.2013
India’s Perspective: G20 and G2 instead of G8

India’s Perspective: G20 and G2 instead of G8

Indian newspapers did not pay much attention to the G8 Summit. Yet some reflections on two of the issues raised at the summit can be found in the Indian mass media. The first issue was Syria which clouded the G8 Summit. The second issue was related to tax evasion and lack of business transparency.
20.06.2013
Evaluating the G8

Evaluating the G8

There is a wide scope for policy coordination amongst the leading economic and military powers on a global level. In this sense, the “G8 plus Five” format maybe more relevant at this point in time, given a “transition” in global governance.
20.06.2013
The Problem Is Broader Than the Declining Authority of G8

The Problem Is Broader Than the Declining Authority of G8

That the final communiqué was signed by all the G8 members can hardly delude anyone: the disagreements between Russia and the other Seven look deeper than ever.
19.06.2013
An Annual Plea Not to Delay Peace in Karabakh

An Annual Plea Not to Delay Peace in Karabakh

The annual G8 summit has been the occasion in recent years for a statement by three presidents on the often ignored conflict over Nagorny Karabakh. This year, it looks more like a “statement for the sake of a statement” or, more crudely, an affirmation that “the Minsk Group is not dead.”
18.06.2013
G8 Summit—How Do We Play the Game “Let's Pretend!”

G8 Summit—How Do We Play the Game “Let's Pretend!”

G8 Summits reflect two things: firstly, the ungrounded hopes of the 1990s, and the lack of understanding at that time where Russia was heading; and secondly, the inability of the West to find an alternative forum to interact with Russia—one that is not dependent on the idea of a Russian democracy.
17.06.2013
What Role for G8?

What Role for G8?

Each time the leaders of the G8 meet, someone asks the question, does this group still make sense?
14.06.2013
In the Wake of June 12

In the Wake of June 12

The issue is how to transform the post-imperial polity which is today’s Russia into a nation state.
14.06.2013
What Does June 12 Mean for Russia?

What Does June 12 Mean for Russia?

  • Nikolay Petrov
Not everyone likes to celebrate June 12 as a holiday. Yet what other date can be offered to mark the creation of a new Russia?
14.06.2013
Allahabad Lessons

Allahabad Lessons

June 12, when the citizens of the Russian Federation celebrate Russia Day, is a good occasion to recall the lessons of history. One of such lessons leads us to Allahabad, a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
13.06.2013
What Does Russia Celebrate on June 12?

What Does Russia Celebrate on June 12?

The meaning of the June 12 holiday remains murky and the nation’s leadership is evasive on what we are actually celebrating. No wonder that less than half of the Russians polled in 2012 knew even the name of Russia’s major national holiday.
13.06.2013
Incompatible Tombs in Istanbul

Incompatible Tombs in Istanbul

Turkey is not alone in having mutually incompatible elements of its history on display side by side, such as graves honoring Armenians and a man who had them murdered. But it is a sign of unresolved contradictions.
12.06.2013
Arab Spring, Russian Winter, Turkish Summer?

Arab Spring, Russian Winter, Turkish Summer?

The tumultuous protests in defiance of Turkish prime minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan are inevitably evoking comparisons. A more plausible parallel is of the December 2011 protests in Moscow. However, inevitably the Russian comparison is not a perfect fit either.
11.06.2013
June 12: Independence From Itself?

June 12: Independence From Itself?

Russia’s declaration of independence and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in reality helped the system of personalized power to survive in a new incarnation.
10.06.2013
What Are Russians Celebrating on June 12?

What Are Russians Celebrating on June 12?

With the Soviet Union no more at the end of 1991, and the Russian Federation fully on its own, June 12 became known as Russia’s Independence Day. On what is now known popularly as “Russia Day,” Russians, whether they realize it or not, actually celebrate their self-liberation from their historical empire.
8.06.2013
To Rise to the Challenge of China’s Rise

To Rise to the Challenge of China’s Rise

Many fear China’s rise because of the challenge that its authoritarian system, based on a fast growing economy, poses to the West and the U.S. domination of global politics. In fact, such competition can be salutary for both the West and China.
7.06.2013
China Looks at Eurasia from the East

China Looks at Eurasia from the East

  • Zhao Huasheng
In China’s geopolitical vocabulary, those who speak about Eurasia refer to the space of the former Soviet Union. During the more than 20 year since the disintegration of the USSR, Eurasia has been evolving into sub-regions. These various groups hold different meanings for China.
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