Foreign Affairs: Analysis
24 july 2014
Historically, the marine forces have always been politically more essential vis-à-vis other services, approaching in significance to strategic nuclear forces that have emerged only in the modern times. Hence, rearmament and reorganization of the navy is a concern for all major powers including Russia. As for naval aviation, a key navy component, its development may describe military plans of a state in much greater detail than any other process.
23 july 2014
The current deadlock is hardly the last one, since it is beneficial for both sides that have again done their best to wreck the negotiations. The failure of the U.S. initiative has ultimately proven that traditional approaches to the settlement are exhausted. Differences between Moscow and Washington may paralyze the efforts of the global community, while stronger extremist trends in the Muslim world may bring Palestine unpredictable consequences.
I was quite surprised when the Japanese government announced it would join the Western-devised sanction against Russia after the reunification of Crimea. This move seemed very mysterious at glance; Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been a chief partner of President Vladimir Putin since Abe’s second administration was launched in December 2012. The prime minister has met with President Putin four times in 2013 only, and has also initiated various high-level talks with Russian ministers and presidential aides to date.
22 july 2014
Over a millennium after its decline and virtual disappearance from India, Buddhism is making a comeback in the land of its birth. It has emergedas an important component of Delhi’s soft power diplomacy. Buddhism’s geographic spread, growing popularity, and image as a peaceful religion have contributed to its richness as a soft power tool, prompting several Asian countries like China, Japan, and South Korea to deploy it in their diplomacy.
Chen Yu, research fellow of Institute of Russian Studies at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR).
Political influence of BRICS is growing. In my personal opinion, BRICS will become a new global center of influence not only in economy, but also in international relations, because it reflects the direction of world development - multi-polarization. BRICS will contribute to the development and peace of whole world. And we should continue to improve and complete the institutes of BRICS and make it more effective.
21 july 2014
In recent years, the Russian authorities have been referring more and more often to the country’s “thousand-year-old history”. Not only does this formula set a chronological framework, but it also distils the principle of the narrative enunciated by the state leaders, that is, the historical scheme into which concrete events are fitted. This provides the context of the recent decisions aimed at reviving the memory of World War I.
18 july 2014
The Ukrainian crisis has strengthened transatlantic unity. The key element of the new consensus is the increased involvement of the United States in European problems and the consolidation of its allies. Unity has been achieved through the all-but-forgotten opposition of Russia to the Euro-Atlantic community. This is a worrisome situation for Moscow, because it reduces its room for manoeuvre. At the same time, the current compromise is contextual and exceptional, because the fundamental contradictions between the countries in the Euro-Atlantic space are still there.
First World War, European Political Landscape, Russian-Georgian Normalization, Sino-American geopolitical interests
Early July summer heat seems to have reached international affairs too. Everyone is either watching Mundial 2014 or relaxing at some spa beach resort. And yet the hectic world of IR is moving, experts are giving their opinion and politics is on the go. Here you will find publications on: a forever memory of the First World war beginning, changing European political landscape, Russian-Georgian normalization, Sino-American geopolitical interests and a book on Global Value exchange.
17 july 2014
Never have post-Cold War relations between Russia and the U.S. sunk to such a nadir. Bilateral contacts in almost all spheres and at all levels are either frozen, suspended or sluggish at best. The two sides are competing to best each other by their hostile rhetoric, while the mutual suspicion and negative perceptions have moved beyond the political elites towards shaping the public mood in both countries.
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