We are delighted to present to you the second issue of the Rethinking Russia Journal. We have devoted it to the issues of contemporary migration, which stand, with very few doubts, in the row of the most important problems in political, social, economic, cultural, and other spheres. All recent events and processes, including the deteriorating situation with refugees in Europe, and, of course, terrifying terrorist attacks in Paris, prove their utter acuteness. In the light of the necessity of an adequate response to the existing challenges, the official European policy looks very controversial. The Time magazine has awarded the Person of the Year title to German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is today at the head of the group of politicians who stand for opening the borders and receiving refugees.
Experts and politicians continue discussing the efficiency of leading powers’ policies in the context of migration challenges in Europe, as well as conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. However, most of the existing problems were already outlined several years ago. In 2012, in a series of agenda-setting articles, Russian President Vladimir Putin named key threats faced by the world today. In this issue of Rethinking Russia Journal, we cite some parts of those articles so that you could see their continuing and utter acuteness.
The international community is still very far not only from a single opinion (which is hardly possible today), but even from more or less common understanding of the nature of the existing challenges and ways to address them. In order to get at least a little bit closer to such an understanding, we have made an attempt to provide a complex outlook of the migration processes, notions and problems linked with them, before all (but not only) in the context of the international fight against terrorism, as well as ensuring national and regional security.
We have asked recognized experts, both Russian and foreign authors, to share their thoughts in this issue of our journal. Their materials touch upon the migration processes and policies in different parts of Europe: in France, Southern Europe, separately – the Balkans. A special focus is made on the migration in Russia and its peculiarities. You will learn a lot of new things about migration policies of the Russian Federation and respective social processes. Besides, in order to form a comprehensive comparative outlook we have also decided to analyze the migration in North America. Overall, we have tried to deliver to you a wide spectrum of opinions on the situation with migration in Russia and abroad both from Russian and foreign experts.
Our authors have addressed different aspects of the migration processes and state policies linked with them. Separate articles are devoted to the military and defense dimension of the international migration, as well as to the analysis of political and social risks resulting from contemporary migration.
An interview that we took with Mr. Tarick Dali, an ordinary French citizen, may seem very special and timely for the topic of this issue. Mr. Dali has spent almost all his life in France, though decades ago his family came from Algeria and successfully assimilated into the French society. In the interview, among other things, we asked Mr. Dali why France is de-facto unable to assimilate immigrants today.
This issue of Rethinking Russia Journal is inaugurated by an overview of the evolution of the global agenda and Russian foreign policy in the context of all recent events. It provides a theoretical framework for the following publications.