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Seven Differences from Cuban Missile Crisis

For both sides, the stakes in the current crisis are higher than they were 60 years ago Today, it’s come to be trendy to draw parallels between the current state of U.S.-Russian relations and the famous Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. All the more so, because we are on the cusp of the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Crisis: the decision taken by the John F. Kennedy administration to impose a blockade on Cuba was made at the White House in the evening of October 20, having triggered the acute phase...


Putin has proclaimed a new national idea for Russia as it abandons the dream of a Greater Europe

The Russian president’s most recent address proclaimed an updated vision for the country During his four terms at the helm of the Russian state, Vladimir Putin has made many landmark speeches. Several of them stand out as pivotal points in Moscow’s evolving foreign policy course. Back in October 2001, addressing Berlin's Bundestag in German, Putin proclaimed Russia’s “European choice”. In February 2007, speaking at the Munich security conference, he lashed out at America’s global hegemony and laid...


60 Years After the Cuban Missile Crisis: Important Lessons for the Present Ukrainian Crisis

Summary of talking points There are quite a few things in common, as well as differences between the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962 and the present crisis between Russia and the West. Aleksey Arbatov: The Ukrainian Crisis and Strategic Stability Now it is a crisis engineered by the US at Russia’s doorstep with Moscow holding the advantage of the scene close to its territory. So, now is Russia’s turn to go emotional/ballistic. It is more than a purely military threat (US biolabs in Ukraine...


Dis-United Nations and Conceptual Mazes of the New World Order

How to kickstart strategic dialogue between Russia and the United States, given the collapse of all official channels and communication systems? A plethora of fora organized by international institutions this fall, above all by the United Nations with its “ministerial week” involving heads of states and governments and foreign ministers, is a suitable occasion to explore the prospects of a new international order. Or, perhaps, this could be a good chance to transform the existing system of international...


The Erosion and Undermining of the Transatlantic Relationship

From the point of view of Russia, everything that is happening is rather sad and telling What is telling about what is happening now in transatlantic relations is that a great power, in relations with its weak allies, inevitably faces the challenge of its own egoism, writes Valdai Club Programme Director Timofei Bordachev. In the event that we agree now with the most obvious origin of the terrorist attack on the Nord Stream international gas pipeline, then this extraordinary event can be a good...


Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0 Over Ukraine?

It is safe to assume that any use of nuclear weapons could quickly lead to an escalation of a local or regional conflict into a global one It is safe to assume that any use of nuclear weapons could quickly lead to an escalation of a local or regional conflict into a global one. As Henry Kissinger wrote in 2014, “The demonization of Vladimir Putin is not a policy; it is an alibi for the absence of one.” I have commenced my work on this article for two reasons. Firstly, this October will mark sixty...


25 trends in contemporary international relations and world development

... has once again increased in importance. Not only in support of diplomacy and its foreign policy narrative, but also to ensure national security and the very survival of the state. The EWS in Ukraine shows that the use of force is induced by the refusal to fulfill obligations under signed international agreements, such as Minsk-2. That is, the international legal principle of pacta sunt servanda is violated and what is commonly called good faith is missing from the signing of agreements. 19. The ...


China’s 100-year Plan in Ukraine

While Xi Jinping may respect the legitimacy of Russia’s actions to protect its national interests and security in the face of external forces, he has a greater interest in having a bird’s eye view of China’s greatest costs of war During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States competed for global supremacy numerous times by waging proxy wars around the world; Afghanistan, Vietnam, and Angola being the most notable. Today, Russia has been relegated to a secondary power position with...


U.S. Risks Becoming Combatant in Ukraine Special Military Operation

... West-centered. And it will never be again. Today, strong, independent players from developing countries have emerged, and they are increasingly visible. These states and their integration associations do not want to participate in the anti-Russian "crusade" instigated from Washington. While we know that Russian officials have stated that they do not play sides in domestic U.S. politics, it is true that domestic politics have an influence on foreign policy. Is Russia tracking how the upcoming ...


United States in the UN: Bound for Dismantling the Mutual Control of Great Powers

In reforming the UN Security Council, it is necessary to pay heed to the position of all its members, not just to the declaratory statements of a single permanent member state In the run-up to the 77th session of the UN General Assembly , U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield gave a keynote address in San Francisco, where in 1945, at the initiative of the USSR, the U.S. and the U.K., representatives of the UN founding nations held a conference. After a...


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    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  
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