Tag «Russia»

17 march
Guilherme Schneider

Trump's choice for US Ambassador in Russia

It is unlikely that a lifetime critic of the Russian regime will support any tentative to good relations with Russia. Apparently, Washington will endup with similar approach as the proposed by the UK Parliamentary report on the UK-Russia relations that suggested to the UK to engage with Russia but with care  adopting the line that "Russia can't be ignored but can't be trusted". 

16 march
James Rawlings

The Weaponization of Russia in US Domestic Politics

In domestic American political discourse, Russia has become a bludgeon with which the liberal establishment seeks to beat President Donald Trump and his administration. In effect, by appealing to Russia as the source of Trump’s electoral success, the American deep state is working to delegitimise the new administration. In the view of this narrative, Trump’s policies, especially in the foreign policy realm, cannot be trusted, as they are serving the interest of a foreign power rather than the interest of the United States. There are many reasons as to how Russia has become a bogeyman in American politics, ranging from genuine geo-political disagreements, to the liberal establishment using it to explain away their dismal electoral performance. While a full analysis of this phenomenon and its associated nuances is beyond the scope of this blog post, attention will be drawn to its background and utility for the American liberals in their anti-Trump effort.

10 march
Matija Malesevic

Russia’s Soft Power in the Seventh Art. The Film Attraction

At the beginning of this year the film Attraction started showing in Russian cinemas. One of Russia’s first science fiction films which can be compared, regarding the budget and technology, to Hollywood blockbusters. We can freely say that Attraction, in some of its elements, is a worthy successor of the communist futurism.
The analysis is focused on the political influence in international relations that a film can produce, and which concerns the main principles that are used to regulate crisis situations in today’s world. The classical principles that exist in foreign policies of western countries in the film were called into question in a logical and simple way, and Russian principles are used as the alternative.

27 february
James Rawlings

Wallström-Lavrov meeting: The beginning of a thaw in Russia-Sweden relations?

On Tuesday 21st February, Sweden’s foreign minister Margot Wallström travelled to Moscow to meet with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in their first meeting since the end of 2014 in Basel, amidst their iciest relations since the end of the Cold War. The agenda for the talks ranged from Crimea and the Ukraine crisis, to women’s issues (core to Sweden’s self-described “feminist” foreign policy), to Swedish investments in Russia, to cooperation in the Baltic and Arctic regions, as well as to so-called fake news and the domestic media images of their respective countries.

09 january
Russian Council

The proportion of foreign students studying in the U.S. and Russia is exactly the same – 5%. However, the actual number of foreign students in the United States is four times higher

In the 2016/2017 academic year, the number of foreign students studying in the United States surpassed one million for the first time ever, and stands at 1,044,000 (a 7 per cent increase from the previous year). As of today, around 5% of all students in the United States come from abroad. Foreign students bring in $38 billion dollars to the U.S. economy every year.

22 december
Alexander Yakovenko

Why the Elites Blame Post-truth Politics for Their Failures

The year 2016 has seen truly epic failures of mainstream politics and media, most significantly at the British EU referendum and the American election. In both cases seasoned analysts could not see beyond their Westminster or Capitol bubbles and foresee the outcomes. Enraged as they were, they chose to blame outside forces, often pointing the finger at Moscow, which supposedly has more influence on Western voters than home politicians.

20 december
Alexander Yermakov

Desert’s Eye

The end of 2016 is marked by a number of deals regarding military technical cooperation signed by the US and Persian Gulf countries. Still, potentially one of the most interesting and directly affecting Russia’s interests – regarding the purchase of position-radar station – could be lost against the background of multibillion aircraft, armored vehicles and other arms-related deals.