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Andrey Kortunov: Cooperation with the West Will Only Happen When Russia Modernises

We are facing a generational change among the leaders of the world’s great powers We are facing a generational change among the leaders of the world’s great powers. Russia can return to closer relations with the West only if the Kremlin’s future leaders sets itself the goal of serious social and economic modernisation, according to Andrey Kortunov , Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), who would have been a speaker at the Lennart ...


East vs West: New Political Reality for the Post-Coronavirus World

China today presents a legitimate new alternative, and thus a threat, to the Western system “The world will never be the same after the Coronavirus” — these words uttered by International Relations veteran Henry Kissinger most certainly have substance behind them. Beyond the major impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on ...


The Troika Rears its Head Once Again

... Dead Souls On February 22, 1946, advisor to the U.S. diplomatic mission in Moscow George Kennan sent what would later become known as the “Long Telegram” to the Treasury Department. The document would form the basis for the American and then the Western approach to the Soviet Union for decades to come. " At the bottom of Kremlin's neurotic view of world affairs is a traditional and instinctive Russian sense of insecurity. Originally, this was the insecurity of peaceful agricultural people ...


Seven Steps Beyond the Crisis Horizon: Reflecting on Past Mistakes

... proposed that we think about how Russia would build relations with the rest of the world “after Ukraine.” Five years later and the crisis has brought about neither compromise nor the collapse of Ukrainian statehood, and relations between Russia and the West are developing more along the lines of a conflict than anything else. It is against the backdrop of this state of affairs that we asked Dr. Kortunov to revisit some of the fundamental questions that determine Russia’s foreign policy today and in ...


12 Essential Steps in a Conceptual Dead End

Russia and Europe continue to call on each other to fix problems that only exist because they need to serve their national interests People on the ground are often far better at getting to the heart of the matter than theoreticians who spend their whole lives trying to understand it. Around 500 years ago, in the first half of the 16 th century, Emperor Charles V wrote these very words: “My cousin Francis [ King Francis I of France – translator ] and I are in perfect accord – he wants Milan, and...


2020 Munich Security Conference: Back to Utopia?

The problem with the Munich Conference report is that it completely ignores the motivation of non-Western countries in acting in one way or another. In essence, it reduces the problem to a political set-up The faded media hype surrounding the Munich Conference provides an opportunity to calmly and soberly look at the annual report which was prepared ...


Igor Ivanov Speaks at Federal Academy for Security Policy (Germany)

... studies, education and training in security policy in the remit of the Federal Ministry of Defense of Germany. The Academy is headed by Ambassador Ekkehard Brose. RIAC President devoted his speech to the problems in relations between Russia and the West at the present stage, as well as the possibilities and prospects for building a dialog on key issues in the area of security and humanitarian cooperation. Igor Ivanov’s Remarks at the Federal Academy for Security Policy


RIAC at University Consortium Training Module at Sciences Po (Paris)

... series of meetings between the representatives of the academic community and Russian officials with members of the University Consortium network. The training module focused on such topics as the role of perception in relations between Russia and the West, US policy towards Russia, modern world security system, “frozen” conflicts, the policy of world powers in the “in-between” states, and geopolitical aspects of relations between Russia, the USA and the European Union. Particular attention ...


The West and Russia between a regional or an Eurasian power

During the Cold War the West always complained about 5 th columns of Moscow, infiltration of universities, companies, security apparatus, media and political parties and movements by the KGB, Eastern support for the peace movemnent, while the own interference in the Eastern ...


Importance of the Libyan Crisis for Russia After the Arab Spring

While Moscow is not interested in a direct confrontation with the West, it may use its relatively successful Libya endeavour to accrue benefits in its negotiations with Western nations Before the Arab Spring, bilateral relations between Russia and Libya were neither close nor indifferent. Instead, the Russians saw ...


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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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