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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.

21.01.2012 - The winter breath of the “Arab spring”

Not every year the humanity becomes witness to how swiftly the habitual image of the world can change. The year 2011 proved to be just like that as regards the Arab Middle East. It abounded in profound political shifts, the consequences of which will undoubtedly tell on the development not only of this region but also on the international geopolitical situation in general. We asked Professor Vitaly Naumkin, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Doctor of History and Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, to give his view of the meaning and effects of the “Arab revolution” and what ramifications they may eventually have.

18.01.2012 - Uncertain World: The war of nerves around Iran

The January/February 2012 issue of the magazine Foreign Affairs features an article with the shocking title: Time to Attack Iran: Why a Strike Is the Least Bad Option. It is indicative of the current mood and may set the tone for the rest of the year.

29.12.2011 - A revolutionary chaos of the new world

The world is getting more troublesome and increasingly challenging right before our eyes.

19.12.2011 - “Smart” foreign policy to serve “smart” economy

Hardly anyone would doubt that the Russian economy today is in want of fundamental changes. It must be less dependent on raw material resources and more on the intellectual potential of the country. It must not only rely on large and super large corporations, but also small and medium-size businesses. Russia’s economy must become really dynamic, innovative and modern, in other words, it has to be “smart” as they now say.

13.12.2011 - An article by V.Naumkin “Eternal “Spring”

The period of political instability in the Arab countries of the Middle East can last longer than we think. History develops in leaps, quiet times and stability are followed by periods of military and revolutionary unrest. One of the most surprising phenomena of 2011 was the so called Arab Spring – a series of revolutions and coups in the Middle Eastern countries after which seemingly unshakeable regimes have fallen. The calendar spring was followed by summer, summer by autumn, but there is no end in sight for the political “spring” in the Arab countries. How long more will this political boiling last? Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Vitaly Naumkin thinks that the crisis is there to stay.

30.11.2011 - An article by S.Karaganov, A.Olechowski, H.Teltschik - “Hotel Europe: Guests and Permanent Partners”

Sergei Karaganov, dean of the School of World Economics and International Affairs, National Research University–Higher School of Economics, chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy;

21.11.2011 - The Balkans and the modern world - Russia takes a principled stance on the situation following the disintegration of Yugoslavia

Hindsight makes it obvious that the Balkans have been a region which occupied a special place in the life of Russia. I will mention that Montenegrin princesses who moved in the highest circles of Saint Petersburg were the ones to introduce Grigori Rasputin to the Tsar family. As is well known, his role in the pre-revolutionary Russia was utterly negative. Indeed, this unfortunate episode cannot strike out the useful ties of Russians with fraternal Orthodox Christian peoples of the Balkans.

16.11.2011 - Not everybody shares the spirit of Gaddafi’s opponents which smacks of Khrushchev’s Soviet era agitprop - Article by Evgeniy Satanovskiy

We don’t know it yet, and until a trustworthy neutral centre performs an expertise, be it a DNA test or any other, we shall not know whether Gaddafi is dead. Chances are fair that he is not. It is equally possible that Colonel set up one of his doubles, which authoritarian leaders keep in case there is a need to “die in an emergency”. All in all, he lost the struggle for power, however, he is left with enough money to live a well-to-do life, though not so luxurious as he used to.

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