Foreign Affairs: Analysis
07 march 2014
Experts from Russia and Ukraine comment current events and suggest their scenarios of the future development of the crisis. The interviewees are Gevorg Mirzayan, U.S. and Canadian Studies Institute, Aleksandr Guschin, Russian State University for the Humanities, Evgeniya Voiko, Financial University, Ella Zadorozhnuk and Aleksandr Pivovarenko, Institute of Slavic Studies, Aleksandr Nosonovich, Baltic Federal University, Aleksandr Litvinenko, “New Ukraine” Institute, Oksana Gorobets, Institute for Economics and Forecasting.
07 march 2014
The term 'roadmap' is widely used both in diplomacy and in management. Why? How long will it remain a buzzword? Is it actually relevant? Roadmaps could serve as criteria by which progress made in numerous disconnected meetings and initiatives could be judged, as well as reference points for the formulation of short-term goals, although they would hardly guarantee the actors’ unyielding willingness to deliver on their stated intentions in the world of politics and diplomacy.
This digest can be divided into three thematic blocks: the first two publications deal mainly with the cybersecurity matters and Internet, the second block comprises two brief on the aspects of urban life and big cities and finally the last two pieces focus on the international structures and organizations, particularly G20 and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
06 march 2014
The crisis has already provoked a spate of hostile rhetoric, complicated bilateral relations between Russia and the European Union and made it more difficult in the future for Brussels and Moscow to coordinate their actions with regard to Ukraine. And yet such coordination is not only desirable, but also absolutely necessary if we want to prevent further aggravation of the socio-economic – and perhaps political – situation in Ukraine.
Ian Kerns, Director of the European Leadership Network:
"...EU must seek to mediate in Ukraine in partnership with Russia and not in isolation from or in competition with it. The chances of success would be far greater if Ashton and Lavrov worked this problem together rather than apart."
05 march 2014
Ukraine is sick now. And it is not a minor cold, but a dangerous fever. Problems rooted in the complicated history of the Ukrainian people have deepened recently due to irresponsible policies of the country's leadership saturated with demagogy, corruption, greed, mismanagement and unmitigated personal ambition. All the leaders of the modern Ukrainian state: Kravchuk, Kuchma, Yuchschenko, Timoshenko, Yanukovich and their cronies and associates contributed in their specific ways to the deep crisis that finally erupted in the country.
05 march 2014
Challenged by globalization and increasing competition from new social movements that form organically via the Internet, political parties – traditionally the main vehicle for the expression of popular demands and mobilization – are rapidly changing. In this context, the Spanish example – which saw confrontation between new social movements and mainstream parties – is remarkably striking.
04 march 2014
Northeast Asia is one of the most important regions in modern global nuclear policy. It is home to three legal nuclear powers (the United States, Russia and China), one illegal nuclear power (North Korea), and countries with a closed nuclear fuel cycle and developed civil nuclear power (Japan and South Korea). This makes Northeast Asia a region of crucial significance for Russia's nuclear strategy.
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