Beyond the confrontation. Interview with Edward Luttwak

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In the recent months the US-Russian relations have been in this weird place where Russia suddenly emerged again as a topic of a heated and very controversial electoral campaign and again in a form of an Evil Empire. The relations have been strained since 2014 following the events in Crimea, Ukraine and the sanctions rounds even though the same two countries managed to cooperate around Iran, and were rubbing shoulders in Syria. The recent storm has been caused by the leakage of the Democratic party emails, allegedly done by Moscow with the end goal to undermine Hillary Clinton (who is holding firm anti-Russian position) and support Donald Trump (who has praised Vladimir Putin in the past). With the elections taking place this week, Rethinking Russia spoke to an influential Republican geostrategist, CSIS senior associate Edward Luttwak about the current state of the Russian-American elections.

Foreign Press Review (31.10-06.11)

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Last week the media was almost totally focused on the US presidential elections and Russia’s role in it. The closer the vote, the more materials on alleged Russia’s meddling are published. Several articles tried to summarize all the speculations about the hacks and Trump’s and his associates’ ties with the Kremlin, but these stories don’t seem to impress the public anymore as a lot of people are likely to consider them as fear-mongering, let alone as simple hoaxes.