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Premodernism revisited

... passports but then surprise their co-residents by blowing up arenas and airports. What we see today in the Middle East is a manifestation of the limited rationality, i.e. the rebirth of pre-modernism and deep-rooted principles of social integration. The Islamic State’s ideology rests on a request for profound social integration, distinct rules of the game and an unambiguous narrative. At the same time, it appears to reflect the need for stringent guidelines, as well as strict criteria for black ...


The Capture of Palmyra: Victory in Battle, but Not a Turning Point

... testifies to their readiness to retreat from Palmyra. It is precisely these airstrikes that made it evident the Syrian government would soon dare to push towards Palmyra. This historic area is somewhat isolated, being located far away from the major Islamic State-controlled territories along the Euphrates. With many sources of IS funding being cut off, it is more important for the militant group to spare strength for major territories than keep a large contingent in peripheral areas. ...


The Middle East: Postmodernism Is Over

... gradual escalation of tension amidst general assurances of a relentless struggle for peace. This generates an anticipation of bloodshed and a new Sykes-Picot Agreement; — World War II: due to the absolute evil in a new form, personified by the Islamic State. And then the creation of a coalition against the Islamic State would be expected; — The Cold War, which could result either in the Cuban Missile Crisis, or détente, or perestroika. All of these comparisons – and more ...


As We Live In These Dark Days Filled With Violence, Opposition and Hate

March 22, 2016, started with tragic news from the capital of Belgium: severe explosions occurred in the departure lounge of an airport and at Maelbeek metro stations in the EU institutions district. The terrorist attack killed 31 people, with over 250 injured. This attack, as well as many others of the kind, was executed by suicide bombers, brothers Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui. IS claimed to be responsible for the attack. This is how Brussels became another European capital that has recently...


What's next for Syria?

... a political solution to the Syrian crisis based on the June 2012 Geneva communique and agreements reached in 2015 by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) in Vienna. However, the Kremlin does not believe that a successful campaign against the Islamic State (IS) — or any other terrorist group in Syria — or a cease-fire are possible without closing the Syrian-Turkish border. A river of foreign jihadis, arms and merchandise is flowing into Syria, with contraband oil traveling in the ...


Interview with Italian magazine Limes, published on February 4, 2016

Question: Who has provoked the Ukrainian crisis? Was Moscow aware of the geopolitical, economic and reputational price it would have to pay for Crimea’s reunification with Russia? Do you think it was too high in the context of Russian-Ukrainian relations? Is there a lasting solution to the Ukrainian crisis? Sergey Lavrov: The Ukrainian crisis was not incidental, but rather the result of systemic problems that have been accumulating in European affairs and international relations over the past...


Islamic Extremism in Southeast Asia

Main ASEAN Extremist Organizations and Leadersю Brief Overview <p> The recent wave of international terrorism, which has swept across the world over the last couple of years, is a strong reminder that no region, not even remotest corner of our planet is secure. January 2016 has seen deadly blasts in different cities — from Turkey to Indonesia — taking too many innocent lives. <br> </p> <p> Following terrorist attacks in Jakarta, RIAC gives an overview...


Islamic coalition success against terrorism depends on ability to unite

The Islamic military coalition led by Saudi Arabia may be useful in the fight against terrorism if its members put aside foreign political quarrels caused by ideological differences and unite in the struggle against radical Islam, head of the Committee on International Affairs at the Russian Federation Council upper house of parliament Konstantin Kosachev said on Tuesday The Islamic military coalition created on Tuesday under the leadership of Saudi Arabia for combating terrorism comprises 34 states...


The Invisible Front of Islamic Terrorism

The terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015 gave a new impetus to the international fight against Islamic terrorism. However, the initial optimism and hopes that a single broad coalition against Islamic State (lately also referred to as DAISH, the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) would be formed have not come true. Even the French President François Hollande, who staked his reputation and his chances of being elected ...


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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