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West/Non-West: Funhouse Mirror of World Politics

The West/non-West opposition is nothing more than a socially constructed model which should be used with extreme caution due to its contradictory nature. The territorial aspect of politics is determined not only by objective factors but also by subjective ...


Russia's Position on the Baltic States: Why We Need Each Other

... much to intensify tensions between Russia and the EU, particularly the Baltic States. While the Baltic States are institutionally dependent on the EU and NATO, the nature of relations in this specific case are more complex than the relations between Western Europe and Russia. The irony is that Moscow, technically, is capable of establishing good ties with Portugal, Greece, Italy, Germany, and any other Western European country, but it wouldn't solve the problems or change the nature of Russian relations ...


Endgame of the Long Cold War

The New Encirclement and the Existential Imperative of the Eurasian Core In a remarkable but little remarked upon address to the graduating class at West Point in May 2019, US Vice President Mike Pence told his young audience that at some time in their career they would fight for their country. “ It will happen ” he emphasized , laying to rest any ambiguity, and went on to list names of the possible ...


A Few Words in Defence of Francis Fukuyama

... most often, Fukuyama was criticized. For the haughtiness of his liberalism. For his superficial and unprofessional view of history. For his free interpretations of Hegel. For being an apologist of the “unipolar world.” Hardly any other contemporary western scholar was such a popular punching bag for Russian social scientists. Echoes of this criticism are heard even today, 30 years later, although, over these decades, Fukuyama’s work has somewhat receded into the background, ceding its place to ...


The Three Phases of Jihadism

The interview with Dr. Gilles Kepel Dr. Gilles Kepel is a French political scientist and Arabist, specialized in contemporary issues of the Middle East and Muslims in the West. He is a professor and director of the Middle East and Mediterranean chair at Université Paris Sciences et Lettres. He is an author of 20 books. His latest book , “Beyond Chaos: The Crisis in the Mediterranean and the Middle East,” is an analysis ...


RIAC at MGIMO Forum “Values and Interests in Communication between Russia and the West

On April 25–26, 2019, MGIMO of the Foreign Ministry of Russia hosted the forum “Values and Interests in Communication between Russia and the West”. On April 25–26, 2019, MGIMO of the Foreign Ministry of Russia hosted the forum “Values ​​and Interests in Communication between Russia and the West”. The event was organized by MGIMO in cooperation with the Gerda Henkel Foundation ...


ISA’s 60th Annual Convention in Toronto

... held in the framework of hundreds of thematic round tables, panels, and special presentations. Ivan Timofeev, RIAC Director of Programs, Associate Professor at MGIMO, took part in the Convention. He made a speech at the round table "Russia and the West: What Went Wrong? What to Do Now?"


A Different Global Governance: Taming the Excesses of Realpolitik

... the rise in individualism was the increase in the level of economic development, though this relationship had some significant exceptions: “the fact that most of the countries that did not show an increase in individualist values were among the lowest in socioeconomic development over the time period examined is consistent with the observation that socioeconomic development drove the rise in individualism. China is an exception to this pattern, showing a decrease in individualist values even though ...


Beyond the Right Side of History

...?” The title drew a line under a long period of world history and held out the promise of a perpetual liberal world order. The latter had proved its worth by winning the fierce 20th-century confrontation without firing a single shot. Yet, today’s Western world is being swept by a pessimism bordering on panic. Just a couple of years ago, the advocates of the rules-based liberal world order acted confidently, arguing that there was no real alternative to it and that temporary difficulties would ...


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  1. Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
    Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal  
     36 (35%)
    Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions  
     27 (26%)
    While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution  
     22 (21%)
    Armed conflict still cannot be avoided  
     12 (12%)
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