Japan’s Ruling Coalition’s Victory is a Good News for Russia

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Following the results of the general election that took place in Japan October 22, the ruling coalition of Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and centrist New Komeito Party won more than two-thirds of 465 seats in Parliament’s lower chamber. This is shown by the official data published on Monday by country’s Central Electoral Commission.

Ships of Every Flag Shall Come: IPU Assembly in the Cradle of Russian Parliamentarianism

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The 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, the world’s oldest political organization uniting national parliaments of 173 sovereign states, is due to open in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Russian President Vladimir Putin is to attend the grand opening ceremony. The Tavrichesky Palace (Tauride Palace), the cradle of Russian parliamentarism, will be the main venue of the forum scheduled for October 14-18.

Autumn Marathon in the Foggy Albion

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A snap election to the lower chamber of Britain’s parliament of June 9 that resulted in a disastrous Tory failure and another hung parliament is behind. Now it is time for a party marathon. In September-October political parties that won seats in the House of Commons hold their party conferences.

Britain’s Social Media Woes

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Social media and especially microblogging are trending buzzwords in the public diplomacy scene. Disproportionate attention is paid to individual posts and trends on social media by the mainstream media. The best case are the tweets of Donald Trump, the president of the USA. They are reported on and analysed daily with unparalleled ferocity, with some outlets meticulously collecting all of the President’s social media comments. It has come to a point at which discussing social media is beating an already beaten up dead horse. Nevertheless, this weekend’s latest news requires comment and policy recommendation.

Nation-Branding: the Case of Russia

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Russia seems to have finally realized in recent years that nation branding, seen as a set of actions to improve country’s image abroad, is a form of investment, not a cost. In order to analyze the Russian approach to nation branding, it is necessary to highlight several dimensions: economic, scientific, cultural, sport, media, and development.

Donald Trump is America’s Boris Yeltsin. What The Two Presidents Have In Common

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When US President Trump on August 2 signed a bill that reinforces and expands to some extent sanctions on Moscow, the anti-Russian campaign emerged somewhat divorced from real policy-making. The bill has clarified the Congress position on the matter, with the ongoing investigation into Trump’s and his acolytes’ alleged ties with Russia shifting public attention to the legal aspect. While lambasting Trump, some intellectuals seek to establish nominal correlations between the US president and Russia and to draw historical parallels between the two countries. This clearly creative approach on the part of experts and pundits produces remarkable results.

State Duma Goes Global: Intensified Interparliamentary Dialogue

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In an increasingly globalized world, which gradually eliminates communication and language barriers, various types of diplomacy that go beyond conventional formal relations developed through foreign ministries, perform an ever growing role in international politics. The world is witnessing an upsurge in communication channels between civil societies, which reveal new opportunities and new aspects of public diplomacy, people’s diplomacy. Moreover, we can see an increase in new formats of parliamentary diplomacy, which impact on global processes nowadays. They facilitate the direct dialogue between representative bodies which can act on behalf of their peoples.

NATO-Russia Relations: Overcoming Agony

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If anything, the central tenet of the Hippocratic oath: first do no harm – Primum non nocere – is the first motto to be applied to today’s dialogue between Russia and NATO, a military and political organization. The dialogue essentially boiling down to interaction between Russia and the United States, the alliance’s leader, has offered fewer grounds for optimism over the years.

A war of narratives: a comparative map on how the leading US and Russian newspapers reported the first meeting between Trump and Putin

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Last Friday, during the G20 summit, the US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for the first time. The meeting was surrounded by expectations and marked by all types of speculation. The bilateral relationship has been controversial since the Obama administration, but the polemics have gained momentum in last year’s election when Trump came to power.

BRICS and G20: opportunities for cooperation

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July 7 the BRICS leaders had an informal meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg. It looks like the Group of Twenty will become the main platform for clash of interests: both G7 countries and BRICS members promote their own interests there and other states make boards between them. At the same time, G20 is now a reliable mechanism of improving the efficiency of the global financial system that, backed by G20 and other international institutions, contributes to sustainable, comprehensive, balanced and inclusive growth of all states.