Rethinking Russia Journal «Russia’s New Parliament»

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In September 2016 parliamentary elections were held in Russia. The new State Duma started its work on October 5. There are many questions that emerge in this light. What were the peculiarities of the campaign? Which conclusions can be made from the results of the elections? What is the face of the new Duma? Will its work change and, if yes, how? What will be new Duma’s weight in the Russian political system?

In our attempt to address these and other questions, we are glad to present 6th issue of Rethinking Russia Journal. Our contributors are both Russian and foreign political scientists and commentators.

Can Russia and the United States Cooperate in Syria?

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A year ago at the United Nations, President Putin called for the creation of a grand anti-terrorism coalition to defeat extremist forces wreaking havoc in Syria and inspiring terrorist acts elsewhere in the world. Shortly before, Russia had caught the world by surprise by deploying an expeditionary force to that country in support of the Assad regime against a burgeoning rebellion, in which terrorist groups such as ISIS and Jabhat al-Nursa, recently rebranded as Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (after having severed, it claims, its ties to al-Qaida) figured prominently. Putin met with President Obama at the United Nations to discuss possible cooperation against ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria.

The Multilateral Trading System. The Causes of the Ideological Crisis and Russia’s Posture

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In the global economy one should not opt for the extremes – liberalization or protectionism. Rather, one needs to determine a degree and scale of these processes and pick principal partners. Trade policies are a compromise between the conflicting interests of separate business and political groups. Competition for control over decision-making, which is not confined to championing one’s interests while adopting national legislation, is getting tougher. Policy-making at home and abroad and managing foreign economic affairs complement each other and promote the interests of local business. The latter fosters social well-being and enhances the country’s standing on the market, which in its turn allows them to adjust the rules of the game to their need.

Eastern Economic Forum: Beyond Economy

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September 2-3, 2016, Vladivostok hosted the second Eastern Economic Forum on the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University. The event, which attracted broad international participation, primarily businessmen from the Asia Pacific region, is aimed at maintaining interest in Russia’s Far East and at sustaining the initiatives launched in the Primorskiy krai while preparing for the APEC summit.

From Resource Nationalism to Slate and Green Illusions: Shifting Attitude to Hydrocarbons in the West

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No need to explain that the hydrocarbons surely become a significant factor in world geopolitics. We have entered a curious stage when the mainstream discourse on the global role of the oil and gas industry undergoes fundamental transformation. Naturally, we, first and foremost, deal with the Western perception of the hydrocarbon world of today as the West is still a trendsetter.

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.

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.