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26 august 2016

What Did Russian Bombers in Iran Mean?

Alexey Khlebnikov Middle East expert and Russian foreign policy analyst, MSc Global Public Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Ph.D. candidate


On August 15, 2016 Russian aircraft arrived at the Iranian air base Hamadan and the following day flew first combat missions, bombing Islamic State and Jabhat An-Nusra (now Jabhat Fateh ash-Sham) targets in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Deir Ezzor. Since then Russia has intensified bombings of terrorist targets including three launches of Kalibr cruise missile from the Mediterranean on Aug. 19.

25 august 2016

Dmitri Trenin Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center

«Russia and Iran: Historic Mistrust and Contemporary Partnership»

25 august 2016

On August 24-26, 2016, the Australian National University was the venue for international conference "Putin's Russia in the Wake of the Cold War"


On August 24-26, 2016, the Australian National University was the venue for international conference "Putin's Russia in the Wake of the Cold War" with participation of foreign policy experts from key Australian think tanks and universities, journalists and diplomats, the first major academic event on Russia during the past several years.


25 august 2016

Referendum in Thailand: Why Did Voters Support the Junta?

Anastasia Belyaeva Diplomat, scholar in Asian Studies (at the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University) and an expert on Thailand


On August 7, 2016, the people of Thailand voted in favour of a new constitution that democratically empowers the military junta which came to power after a coup in 2014. Despite the sceptical attitude of the observers and human rights NGOs, it appears that public opinion did indeed arrive at a consensus: over 61 per cent of voters supported the package of reforms to be implemented over the next 20 years, as well as giving the highest ranks of the ruling military the right to appoint the senate and, most likely, the prime minister as well.

25 august 2016

Dmitri Trenin Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center

«Is Russia Safe From Extremist Attacks Like Those in Europe?»

24 august 2016

Sergey Lebedev Chairman of the Executive Committee – Executive Chairman of the CIS.

«Elections 2016. CIS mission suggests developing common election assessment approaches»


23 august 2016

The Sykes-Picot Agreement And Russia

Vitaly Naumkin Director of the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, RAS Corresponding Member


For almost four centuries – from the beginning of the 16th century until the end of World War I – most Arab countries were represented by Vilayets (provinces) of the Ottoman Empire while the western part of the Arab East was by that time already under the rule of colonial powers, England and France. In 1916, London and Paris secretly agreed on a future division of the Asian part of the Ottoman state, which was suffering defeat in the war. Under these agreements, after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, the Arab vilayets were to come under the mandate of these powers. Their representatives, Britain’s Sir Mark Sykes and Francois Georges-Picot of France went down in history as the authors of the first hastily put together version to colonially divide the Asian part of Ottoman Turkey.

22 august 2016

Russia and Turkey: More Than a Rapprochement?

Volkan Özdemir Director of EPPEN Institute & Instructor at Department of Eurasian Studies, Middle East Technical University, Ankara


On August 9, 2016 a high level meeting between Presidents of Russia and Turkey took place in St. Petersburg. This crucially important summit was the first foreign visit made by Erdogan after the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July, 15.

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19 august 2016

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew: Brazil After the Olympics

Aleksandr Losev Research fellow at Insitute of Latin Anerica of RAS


For the first time in the Olympic history, the games are held in South America. Seven years ago, winning the Olympic bid for Brazil was another way to demonstrate to the world its breakthrough development and increase its influence. However, unlike in 2009, when Brazil won the bid with relatively good economic indicators, the situation in the country today is very unstable.

18 august 2016

“The Narrow Corridor” of American-Polish Relations

Dmitry Ofitserov-Belsky Ph.D. Associate Professor, Dean of the School Social Sciences and Humanities National Research University Higher School of Economics


“That’s what makes us democracies, not just by the words written in constitutions or in the fact that we vote in elections, but the institutions we depend on every day – such as rule of law, independent judiciaries and a free press." According to Mr. Obama, these are the values the American-Polish alliance is based on. These words the American President addressed to Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland at the recent NATO summit in Warsaw; these words might have passed unnoticed in the world, but in Poland, they created an uproar. They unequivocally stated that Poland has anti-democratic tendencies, which has already long been discussed in Europe. The current state of Polish-American relations is considered to be nearly the worst in recent history. At the same time, one cannot say there are reasons for serious disagreements or a personal dislike between the leaders.

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