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2017 French Presidential Elections: a decisive choice for the improvement of Russian-French relations

... intends to base her foreign policy on three axioms: non-interference, sovereignty and political freedom. This is roughly the rhetoric defended by Putin's Russia. However, Marine Le Pen will confronted to the "favorite" of the French political elections, Emmanuel Macron. What will come out for Russia in case of Macron`s victory? According to Macron`s official position, he does not adopt an anti-Russian or conflicting approach toward Russia. In fact, he tends to avoid concrete declaration regarding ...

21.04.2017 00:28:10

US election 2016: American reputation at stake

... not delivering the same or similar message to the world even if the US could see the first female president in its history. An implication of the 2016 election campaign is that it triggers a negative impact on the reputation of the US democracy and elections abroad particularly in authoritarian, non-democratic regimes, and vulnerable democracies. Both the republican and democratic presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have a share in that negative impact. Trump’s locker room ...

07.11.2016 16:45:00

Electing an American President: What the Polls Don’t Tell

American Presidential elections are approaching in November, and are getting more attention than normal this year because of two unusually high profile and controversial candidates: Hillary Clinton (Democrat) and Donald Trump (Republican). Polls as of mid-September suggest ...

27.09.2016 14:53:00

America’s Putin

Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton emerged as the leaders for the republicans and democrats respectively at the end of the decisive Super Tuesday on March 1. These results, though not final raise important questions on the notion and the role of American leadership in the 21st century. The US has always been characterized by a certain exceptionalism. Since Woodrow Wilson this nation has been driven by its strong will to make the world ‘safe for democracy’[1]. For the liberals it translated...

17.03.2016 00:21:00

Has there been "rollback" of democracy in Russia under Putin?

... principle of representative democracy. Obviously, not everyone has the time, knowledge, interest, and skill to participate much in self-government, so we elect people to represent us. From time to time, we pass judgment on their performance by means of elections. And yet, according to Jean-Jacques Rousseu, Englishmen are slaves, except for once every five years when they elect their representatives. According to the highly influential tradition of participatory democracy, when citizens are not actually ...

16.02.2016 05:08:00

Kremlin policy: Strategic or like the music of a jazz group?

... theory and political history is weak. What he writes is often a mixture of brilliant insight and nonsense. "Putin has made any alternative unthinkable" thinks Pavlovsky, ... because "his political system has destroyed the legitimacy of elections as an instrument for the peaceful change of power." Putin's United Russia party is a "valuable instrument for winning rigged elections, but unlike the Chinese Communist Party, it lacks the autonomy and ideological coherence ...

25.01.2016 08:12:00

Government is Incomplete Conquest

Political parties are alleged to provide their electorates with choice. Cynics might object that, while elections give an electorate the feeling that they have choice, this is only an illusion. Soviet propagandists used to like to point out that the choice is only between Rockefeller millionaires and Kennedy millionaires, that is, among factions of the ...

22.10.2015 02:36:00


The US space agency has forked out $490m for six seats for its astronauts to get to the ISS on board one of the Russian Federal Space Agency's (Roscosmos) Soyuz spacecraft. Nasa's space shuttles were stopped in 2011 as the organisation set about sending its astronauts to the ISS on board privately developed spacecrafts like SpaceX. However, a shortfall in funding from the US Congress has meant the space agency is down about a billion dollars on what it requested since 2011. As a result, the first...

08.08.2015 10:48:00

On Canadian-Russian Relations

Canada’s next federal election is this year. It will most likely be held in October 2015. The current Conservative government is hoping to retain its majority through the manipulation of the Ukrainian/Canadian voting base in western Canada by support the Ukraine. The next federal election could be an historic first with a three-way battle for power among Conservatives, New Democrats and Liberals. Polling has been conducted on a weekly basis on a multitude of questions. Public opinion polls...

12.03.2015 21:58:00

Your preferred candidate? None!

... choose at an election to determine that none of the candidates that are running for office reflects voter’s interests, or simply said it is an option to bespeak disapproval against all candidates. This curious new-but-old option, in case of Russian elections, is presently discussed in Russian Duma and I believe that this question deserves some more analysis with some extra flavor of political science. Domestic and International Practice Let’s start with few facts: For elections to Duma, ...

25.10.2013 10:42:00

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  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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