01 Jan 2013
(New York Times) With all the high-level diplomatic visits to Moscow and accompanying news headlines, a casual observer might easily conclude that Russia holds the key to resolving the Syrian crisis. But as the latest round of failed talks this weekend — this time between Russia’s foreign minister...
20 Dec 2012
The following article originally appeared on the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). You can find the original version here. Over the last four years, the Russian government has undertaken an unprecedented effort...
17 Dec 2012
In the Baltic region, Russia faces a thick and challenging international milieu. Power balancing and zero-sum-games are history. It is in such regions where the changing perceptions of power are most visible, with soft and normative aspects trumping over military force and coercion....
17 Dec 2012
(Valdaiclub) Interview with Dmitry Gorenburg. Q: In your opinion, is there any tension between ethnic Russians and so-called Muslim communities in large cites like Moscow and Saint Petersburg? A: I think there are different kinds of tension, depending on the communities. One of the more visible...
14 Dec 2012
On December 10, media outlets reported that Russia will end its use of the Gabala Radar Station, located on Azerbaijan’s territory. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that following intensive negotiations over Gabala, the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on leasing fees...
12 Dec 2012
(Part 2 of 2) In part 1 if this comment I discussed some of the findings of a report by Viktor Murakhovsky and Ruslan Aliev on the effectiveness of arms imports, international cooperation and technology transfer in Russia’s military industrial complex. Today, I conclude the discussion by looking...
11 Dec 2012
(Part 1 of 2) The Military Industrial Commission’s Public Chamber is considering a report on the effectiveness of arms imports, international cooperation and technology transfer in Russia’s military industrial complex. The report is authored by Viktor Murakhovsky and Ruslan Aliev. The report...
10 Dec 2012
The Caspian Forum held in Istanbul clearly demonstrated the 21st century’s facets of state capability. Economic interests are only achievable within a wide framework of security, geo-political, socio-cultural, and humanitarian endeavors. This recalls soft power approaches: interdependence,...
05 Dec 2012
Russia has recently intensified its efforts to improve its image in Berlin, one of the most important of European capitals. The multiple cultural events at the end of the 2012 sponsored by Russia, including of course Gazprom, were meant to foster cultural diplomacy, and not [quite] as an...
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