Parliamentarism Combatting a Drug Menace

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The State Duma has once again demonstrated its capability to play an active role in the international arena and set its own agenda when it comes to determining country’s foreign policy priorities. The event that took place in the Russian Parliament’s lower chamber December 4 was a non-routine one. The International conference “Parliamentarians Against Drugs” was held for the first time. It was attended by law-makers from 43 countries who realize the threat and, consequently, the need to counter it by joint efforts.

Russia Studies in the U.S.: From academic ghetto to political mainstream

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After the victory of republican Donald Trump at the 2016 presidential election followed by the series of probes into the Kremlin’s alleged meddling in the American domestic affairs, Russia turned into political mainstream in the U.S. However, the revived interest toward this country failed to translate into increasing funding of Russia Studies programs. And here is why.

A Delicate Balancing Act: Russia, Turkey, and the Kurds

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Russia and Turkey have been improving their relationship since June 2016, the Kurdish question presents a potential challenge to their attempts to strengthen their ties. Reconciling Kurdish aspirations with Turkish fears will be a top priority for Moscow in its effort to broker a post-war peace in Syria.