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24.08.2012 - The west's hypocrisy over Pussy Riot is breathtaking (Simon Jenkins)

Anyone in England and Wales with a dog out of control can now be jailed for six months. If the dog causes injury, the maximum term is to be two years. I have no sympathy for such people. Keeping these beasts is weird, and those who do it probably need treatment. But the Defra minister, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, complained in May that fewer than 20 people were in jail for dangerous dog offences. The sentencing council has duly told courts to raise the threshold to two years, "to send a message".

22.08.2012 - The Middle East conundrum

Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Mr Primakov, do you mind starting our conversation with a question on Syria? Some days ago I was on the Turkish-Syrian border and spoke to armed oppositionists. Besides, I have established contact with some important sources since my last trip to Damascus. Judging by the information the situation is getting ever more disturbing. First signs of panic are visible in the capital, which was not the case some three of four months ago. What is your take on the situation?

16.08.2012 - Evgeniy Primakov on the situation in the Middle East

Russia’s position on Syria, although it may not be to its own advantage, is morally fair and the only right position in this situation. That’s the opinion of veteran Russian politician Yevgeny Primakov. A former prime minister and foreign minister, he said in an interview this week that had he still held office, he would have thrown his full weight behind Moscow’s stance.

02.07.2012 - Echo of an Impending War

Article by Sergey Karaganov

18.06.2012 - Dayton for Syria?

A full-scale operation according to the Libyan scenario is unlikely

25.04.2012 - The Rapallo trajectory

What is it in the Russian-German relationship that helps it survive historical cataclysms so well?

03.04.2012 - Convergence vice versa

Article by Sergey Karaganov, Dean of the School of International Economics and International Affairs of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE), Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense PolicyAlmost everything about this world is changing. Rebalancing of forces, rather fast by historical standards, is one of the most visible changes.

23.03.2012 - The Syrian conflict as a school of diplomacy

It’s been more than a year since the disturbances in Syria, which sets the time record of the “Arab spring” — no one of the leaders has managed to hold out for so long since the beginning of the unrests. “The long-liver” has been the President of Yemen Abdallah Saleh; however, he left the country after the attempt on his life, and rather than trying to hold on to his power he employed some ingenious maneuvering to hand it over in a safe way. So he did, and obtained some guarantees in addition.

06.02.2012 - Syria: stopping one step to chaos

Firstly, the events in Syria, as well as in Libya, from the very beginning failed to sit well with the idea of the “Arab spring” as popular demonstrations against authoritarian regimes in the Arab world. Right from the start, armed actions against the authorities took place in these two countries. Who provided the arms and encouraged their use, I am sure, will eventually become clear.

26.01.2012 - The World we live in

It is extremely complex. Economic turbulence, terrorism, threat of WMD proliferation, protests against authoritarian regimes, often resulting in disturbances and chaos, NATO’s use of force in an attempt to impose orders of West’s liking on this or that country, long-simmering regional conflicts ready to burst in fire – all of this is the contemporary world. Interweaving economies of various countries, integration processes and global scientific and technical progress – all of this is the contemporary world too. I’d rather not dwell on describing well-known events but turn to lessons we, as a state, should draw from them.

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