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Imperatives of Neomodernism for the Middle East

... of the present Middle East drama. However, since the problems have to be solved by means of this narrative, we can distinguish certain aspects of the latter. Obviously, the first such problem is what V. Naumkin called curing the “ diseases of society ” that push young people to radical ideologies. Accordingly, the question arises: What do young men and women that travel to the Islamic State seek? The answer is not a riddle wrapped up in an enigma. If the request for change in the Arab ...


Society is the womb in which terrorism develops

... constitutes terrorism. Often, we hear talks about how to respond to and how to fight back terrorism. We hear speeches about our resolve to bring those who planned and committed these acts to justice. We hear how important national cohesion is, how unity is society’s way to fight back, and how keeping calm and carrying on is our personal way of countering terror, and it is only fair. It is true that in the face of terrorism, governments and societies must show cohesion and unity. After all, the very ...


World War II and Change of Generations: Trauma, Myth, and Memory

Be that as it may, the personage of an aged relative seems to grow in our memory as we are told of a past time and society. Maurice Halbwachs “Historical Memory and Collective Memory” 1950 On May 9, 2015, Russia will hold celebrations in memory of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War (in Europe). Even the youngest veterans are ...


Andrey Kortunov gives comments on the research on the values of Russian and German societies

On April 27, 2016 German TNS Infratest Political Research ( TNS Infratest Sozialforschung ) presented in Berlin the results of its sociological study “Russia in Europe: Rapprochement or Isolation?” prepared on request of the Korber Foundation ( Korber Stiftung ). On the basis of the surveys carried out on a representative sample of respondents in Russia and Germany, the authors of the research presented their findings regarding similar or differing values of the German and Russian societies...


Premodernism revisited

... actuality, the heart of the matter lies in the fact that postmodernism suggests the simultaneous existence of multiple narratives and practices, the multiplicity of forms and foundations for social integration. At the same time, similar to the modern society that preceded it, the postmodernist arrangement generates more ancient and deeper forms of social integration that are seen by a modern individual as something archaic and irrational. In fact, this appears to be exactly the phenomenon we can currently ...


Romanian new leadership and latest developments in the Middle East and Europe. Realities

Romanian new leadership have not succeeded (one may think they lack the will) to impose intrinsically new directions on our foreign policy. The causes may be seen both personal, determined by the nature of those responsible, but also constitutional, influenced by the relations between the state institutions. Moreover, Romania is a state known for its predictable principles and initiatives when it comes to international affairs. There are only few sudden or unexpected changes along our modern history...


Does Russia needs non-state actors in making and promoting its foreign policy?

Foreign policy constitutes one of the strong pillars of every nation-state; I wouldn’t say that is the most important (this depends from state to state), but for sure, is one of the dominants. Hence, the foreign policy decision making process has to serve as link between domestic intentions and external actions. Nowadays, there are specialists and scholars in the field of international politics that argue that the state is dead or, the functions of the state are overdue. It is true that the...


Why Should We Talk About the National Interest?

... foreign policy decisions directly affect every citizen. I'm far from holding the illusion that foreign policy can be shaped by a referendum or some other kind of voting mechanism. But the discussion should be expanded to embrace all interested strata of society. This is something that does not exist in Russia, since for political and cultural reasons, we traditionally believe that it is up to the boss . Meanwhile, the government – no matter how committed the professionals are who are running show ...


Alexei Venediktov: Russia Weakened by Absence of Competition and Isolation

... only 15 percent of Russians feel friendly toward Ukrainians who respond similarly. Even if a magic wand were to make the conflict disappear (with Crimea remaining as is), this newfound enmity toward Russia has already put down deep roots in Ukrainian society and elites. The focus is on momentary things like movements of forces, Mariupol, Donetsk and Minsk accords, but all these seem like trifles. The map shows that the conflict area covers only five percent of Ukrainian territory. And what about the ...


Will Nationalism Disappear in 100 years' time?

Modern trends of nationalism Nationalism, which during the Soviet Union period was defined in no other terms than a "relic of capitalism", remains a permanent feature of human society. New nations have emerged in new states, which not are only repeating the way of the "old" European nations, but also adding a Muslim twist on nationalist ideas of the past. At the same time the old pan-national movements that set out ...


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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