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Discussing Russia and the World

In 2022, Russia is turning a longue-durée of more than 200 years of American expansion Russian Debate Russia has a strong intellectual tradition, and the current debate in Russia is very much alive. What is Russia? What is the future of Russia? I find the discussions in Russia encouraging. I juxtapose Russian discussions with those in the U.S., and I find Russian discussions more interesting, more open. Most U.S. discussions about the U.S. and the world are sterile and infertile—an automated echo...


This is Not How Putin Would Invade

Interview for Going Underground / RT Interview for Going Underground / RT We speak to Director-General of the Russian International Affairs Council Andrey Kortunov. He discusses why Vladimir Putin is unlikely to invade Ukraine and how Putin would have conducted the invasion if he were to go through with it, whether the current crisis shows a failure in Russian diplomacy, alleged plans for a Russian puppet government to be installed in Kiev, contentions over the Minsk agreements between Kiev and...


Russia in 2020: Alternative Scenarios of the Near Future

In 2008, four paths were available to Russia but in 2022, one prevails A Retrospective Introduction In 2008–2012 we published results of a long-term research project on the alternative scenarios of Russia’s future in several publications including ‘ On Russia: Perspectives from the Engelsberg Seminar 2008 ’ from the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation. The project purported to make two major steps: first, to generate scenarios themselves and second, to test the public perceptions of these...


Demystifying Fear

What Should Russia’s Updated Foreign Policy Concept Focus on? Once again, NATO’s possible advancement into the post-Soviet space has come to the fore in Russian expert discourse. The prospect of NATO expanding eastwards is often portrayed as an eschatological catastrophe, much alike the Mongol invasion of Russia in the middle of the 13th century. If this is indeed the case, this expansion must be precluded at all costs. Otherwise, Russia risks both a major geopolitical defeat and a loss of independence...


Russia-NATO: On the History of the Current Crisis

It would be better for all if Russia’s national security eventually became an integral part of Europe’s comprehensive security in the 21st century To produce an adequate analysis of a particular complex international issue—and even more so to try to resolve it if necessary—it is imperative to have complete objective information on this topic. This information should include both the background of the problem and possible scenarios for its future development. It is the foundation of the foreign...


A Non-Alarmist Forecast for 2022

Twelve objectives for Russia’s foreign policy in the coming year Recently, pre-New Year forecasts about international affairs and foreign policy have emerged as a popular trend not only across Western nations but also in Russia. In most cases, they include various horror stories about possible challenges and threats looming large for the world and certain countries in the coming year. Forecasts exploring the potential opportunities that the new year may open up—whether for the international community...


Russia in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Art of Balancing

Russian policy is essentially an attempt to balance a number of diverging principles, goals, priorities and modes of engagement in the Eastern Mediterranean Strictly speaking, Russia is not an Eastern Mediterranean country. It does not have direct access to the Mediterranean Sea; its most important strategic and economic interests belong to other parts of the world, such as the North Atlantic or East Asia. However, for a long time Russia has been trying to make its presence in the region visible;...


Forget Kalashnikov? Russian Foreign Policy After Realism

No matter how the modern world order “crumbles”, the dimensions of the modern world cannot be reduced to mere security issues The Russian community of international relations professionals and pundits is strongly influenced by political realism. Being a realist is a good rule of thumb when it comes to mainstream approaches to international affairs. “Enemy” liberalism, “freaky” constructivism, “obsolete” Marxism—these are all marginal alternatives. It is more difficult to make a career with them...


Russian Foreign Policy Discussed at Lithuanian Embassy in Russia

On June 22, 2021, the Lithuanian Embassy in Russia held an online discussion on Russia’s foreign policy: a year after amendments to the Constitution On June 22, 2021, the Lithuanian Embassy in Russia held an online discussion on Russia’s foreign policy: a year after amendments to the Constitution. The speakers included: Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General; Arkady Moshes, Program Director for the EU Eastern Neighborhood and Russia research program, Finnish Institute of International Affairs;...


Remarks at a Conference on Relations between Russia and the European Union

We are neighbours. Russia is part of Greater Europe. The European Union is a major player in the European space, but it is not the whole of Europe, no matter how some of the EU leaders juggle this word Mr Minister, dear Augusto, Mr Ivanov, Colleagues, friends, Thank you for inviting me to this conference on the situation between Russia and the European Union. I would like to express gratitude to the Russian International Affairs Council, which has done a great deal to organise this event together...


Poll conducted

  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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