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Lukasz Kulesa

Research Director at the European Leadership Network

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Sarah Lain

Research Fellow in International Security Studies at RUSI

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Joseph Fitsanakis

Associate Professor of Political Science in the Intelligence and National Security Studies program at Coastal Carolina University

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Nora Mueller

Executive Director for International Affairs at the Körber-Stiftung

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Cameron Munter

CEO & President of The EastWest Institute

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Saud al-Sarhan

Secretary-General of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies

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After the reelection of Vladimir Putin for another term as president of the Russian Federation in March of this year, Russia is entering a new cycle of foreign and domestic policy. The leaders in this new political cycle, including President Vladimir Putin, now in his fourth term, will have to make crucial strategic decisions to maintain their country's security and encourage its economy to flourish.

The Russian International Affairs Council presents foreign viewpoints on current events and possible strategies for the new political cycle. We asked some of our foreign partners  to respond to questions about a variety foreign policy issues in the upcoming cycle.

After the reelection of Vladimir Putin for another term as president of the Russian Federation in March of this year, Russia is entering a new cycle of foreign and domestic policy. Russia's foreign policy at the moment is particularly fraught; the conflict in Syria, the continued uncertain status of the Donbass region of Ukraine, accusations of cyberwarfare and interference in US elections, and the Skripal poisoning incident in the UK have driven wedges between Russia and many other countries. Stronger sanctions are being imposed on Russia in response to some of these issues, and there is no intention of lifting the older ones. Russia has also had undeniable foreign policy victories recently, for example, increased cooperation with China. But there are a great many difficult issues to be dealt with, particularly with regards to Russia's relationship with the West. The leaders in this new political cycle, including President Vladimir Putin, now in his fourth term, will have to make crucial strategic decisions to maintain their country's security and encourage its economy to flourish.

The Russian International Affairs Council now presents foreign viewpoints on current events and possible strategies for the new political cycle. We asked some of our foreign partners from different parts of the world to respond to questions about a variety foreign policy issues in the upcoming cycle.

Project page: russiancouncil.ru/en/2018-2024

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Poll conducted

  1. Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
    Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal  
     36 (35%)
    Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions  
     27 (26%)
    While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution  
     22 (21%)
    Armed conflict still cannot be avoided  
     12 (12%)
    Stonger deterrence on behalf of the U.S. through modernization of military infrastructure in the region  
     4 (4%)
    Toughening economic sanctions against North Korea  
     2 (2%)
 
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