Search: West,Diplomacy (8 materials)

End of Diplomacy? Or a Toast for the Swedish Masters

... depletion of confidence worse than 2009. Western voices say that “Russia has brought NATO together”. Well—after the current Western songs and hymns are replaced with realism or despair (or a new US President Trump in 2024), we are actually curious whether ... ... is good. We see different things. Dr. Andrey Kortunov started a post-24-February debate with a very eloquent piece “End of Diplomacy? Seven Glimpses of the New Normal”. I glimpse a more positive new normal for Russia and should therefore like to address ...


The End of Diplomacy? Seven Glimpses of the New Normal

Numerous visits of Western leaders to Moscow on the eve of the crisis are among the foreign policy failures, and the Russian side failed to persuade anything, with political and diplomatic compromise considered unattainable Moscow: Historians will probably label the eight-year ...


Saber-Rattling as the Main Threat for Russia and the U.S., and How to Deal with It

... mutual confrontation. After all, politicians are not used to thinking 50-100 years ahead, but it is the expansion of a planning horizon that might help to restore the lost trust between the countries. Today, one should remember about the key principle of diplomacy no matter how idealistically it may sound: Russia and the West have to relearn to disagree and at the same time continue and deepen their collaboration on resolving the global challenges. To reach this goal, they need to foster professional exchange programs between academics, politicians, journalists and students....


Russia — West Crisis: Small Steps Are Not Enough

... Russian diplomats, more and more questions arise: Have crises like thus happened before? How can Russia avoid becoming the “greatest threat” in a universal sense? And how can we emerge from this difficult period in the relations between Russia and the West? Alexander Panov, RIAC member and Head of the Diplomacy Department at MGIMO talks about current problems and prospects for their resolution. A diplomatic crisis with attempts to isolate a country: has anything like this ever happened before and what was the outcome? Andrey Kortunov: Four Simple ...


Four Simple Questions About Expulsions of Russian Diplomats

... the United Nations were expelled as well. Russia was not slow to reciprocate, expelling more than a hundred diplomats representing the United Kingdom, the United States, Ukraine, Germany, Poland, France, the Netherlands and many other predominantly Western countries. Many questions remain about whether the British side has produced enough proof that the Russians have been officially or unofficially responsible for this outrageous act. Supporters of the coordinated Western demarche claim that finally,...


Return of the Dungeons of the Seven Towers

... settlement. Nevertheless, the Topkapi Palace would rejoice enthusiastically at another shaming of the Ottoman dynasty’s nefarious adversary. No foreign envoys get locked up anymore in our more humane times. However, the recent massive campaign in the West to expel Russian diplomats is fairly in line with the controversial tradition of the Sublime Porte. Dozens of diplomatic officers overseas have found themselves hostage to a problem they have nothing to do with. Furthermore, the very presence of ...


Russia and the West, Trapped by Their Own Double Standards

RD Interview On the sidelines of a recent Moscow think tank debate, “ Hypocrisy vs. Diplomacy: How Insincerity Undermined the World Order After the Cold War ,” Russia Direct sat down with Andrei Kortunov, general director of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), to figure out how Russia and the West can get past accusing each other of engaging in double standards when it come to the implementation of foreign policy. Russian pundits and politicians believe that their Western counterparts have always been hypocritical toward Russia. Given the ...


International Conference «Hypocrisy vs Democracy: Insincerity Destroying the Global Order after the Cold War»

... «Hypocrisy vs Democracy: Insincerity Destroying the Global Order after the Cold War». About forty experts, journalists and diplomats from Russia, the USA, Bulgaria, Greece, the UK, and Turkey took part in the conference. The participants discussed the Western and Russian approach to the history of NATO expansion, the promotion of democracy as a geopolitical tool, «Color Revolutions» and «Arab Spring», Ukrainian crisis narrative clash, diplomacy and public policy interaction, the role of hacking in discovering secret agendas, and hypocrisy issues in the world politics in terms of Donald Trump’s accession to power in the USA. The speakers included: Alexander Aksenyonok, Ambassador ...


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