Interview with Gordon Hahn about ISIS

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Rethinking Russia spoke to Gordon Hahn – analyst, geostrategist and author of Russia’s Islamic Threat (2007) and The Caucasus Emirate Mujahedin: Global Jihadism in Russia’s North Caucasus and Beyond (2014) – about whether this threat should be taken seriously, about the dynamics in the relations between ISIS and Russian jihadists and why Dagestan is currently the hotbed of the jihadism in Russia.

Foreign Press Review (22.08-28.08)

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A lot of attention was payed to the Syrian conflict last week. Russia has stopped using an Iranian airbase as abruptly as it started to use it two weeks ago, leaving observers reading the tea leaves when trying to explain such a surprising development. Officially both parties claimed the Russian forces had successfully completed all necessary tasks and returned to the permanent Russian bases. They also emphasized that further use of the Hamadan’s airbase would depend on the prevailing circumstances. Nevertheless, journalists and experts have been dissatisfied with the explanation that the arrangement was in fact temporary.

Three Days in August

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Dramatic events which went down in history as August Putsch unfolded in Moscow on August 19-21, 1991. Today is the 25th anniversary of the events.

Russia’s Electoral System in 2011 and 2016: Road to Fair Political Competition and Legitimate Elections

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Many foreign experts and observers studying the state and the evolution of the Russian political system as well as all the parties to the electoral process await the parliamentary ballot to be held on September 18. At the same time, many analysts vividly remember the 2011-2012 Bolotnaya Square protests provoked by the 2011 election results. Consequently, as the election day is approaching, the question about the lessons drawn by the regime and political system from the 2011 events is regularly raised.

Foreign Press Review (15.08-21.08)

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The Syrian conflict was in the limelight last week as the western media was highly concerned with Russia, who began using a military airbase in Iran on Tuesday and launched cruise missiles from warships in the Mediterranean sea against Syrian militants on Friday. It is the first time since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 that Iran allows foreign troops on its soil. Experts and journalists wonder whether such actions of Russia are only a show of force or a determination to make a strategic boost for Assad’s forces. Nevertheless, they agreed that the events signal a growing cooperation between Moscow and Tehran, which makes the West nervous, since Russia and Iran are the main backers of the Syrian president.

Migration Debates. Social and Economic Aspects

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The European developments over the recent years and heated debates at the US primaries have testified to the fact that migration is a truly worldwide phenomenon and its major component, labor migration, constitutes the key factor of the global labor market.

Rethinking Russia Journal «International Security»

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Current relations between the West and Russia are tensed. One of the recent manifestations of these tensions has been added by NATO Summit in Warsaw in July 2016. This forum proclaimed that Russia and NATO are not strategic partners anymore. But is that right? Did both the West and Russia loose ground and necessity for interaction in the international security field?

We are glad to present a new issue of Rethinking Russia Journal, in which our authors have tried to answer these and many other questions.

Foreign Press Review (08.08-14.08)

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Last week the media payed a lot of attention to the talks between the Russian and Turkish Presidents, which took place in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. It was the first meeting between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the Russian jet shootdown near the Syrian border. Both parties expressed their intentions to restore bilateral relations and to ensure that economic and trade ties reach the level that had existed before the infamous tragedy. The warming in the relations paves the way for progress in building the first nuclear power plant in Turkey and an ambitious natural gas pipeline project.

Russia and Turkey Agree to Mend

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in St. Petersburg on August 9. His visit followed the rapid deterioration of the bilateral ties after the downing of the Russian plane by Turkish military forces. However, the real causes are deeply rooted in a larger-scale conflict over a range of global and regional issues. In his speech, the Russian president said that we were witnessing «fence-mending», apparently meaning in economic issues. Does it imply the reversal?