Dancing for the Cameras while Europe and Syria Burns

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President Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had a brief visit at the White House on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, which was followed by all of the typical press conferences and media interviews expressing new found agreement and harmony. It is yet another example in the Presidency of Donald Trump where explicitly bold and brash campaign trail criticism ended up not just softened but utterly reversed.

Pragmatism and Common Sense – No Margin for Error

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The American military strike on a Syrian airbase has rather demonstrated President Trump’s burning desire to adopt a more hawkish stance – both at home and abroad – than has been launched merely in retaliation for the terrible chemical attack. As those willing to see the US-Russia conflict degenerate into direct confrontation are a dime a dozen, the sides should proceed with caution, both verbally and nonverbally.

From February to October

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In the Annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly, President Vladimir Putin placed special emphasis on the idea that the anniversary of the February Revolution and the October Revolution is “a good moment for looking back on the causes and nature of these revolutions in Russia. Not just historians and scholars should do this; Russian society in general needs an objective, honest and deep-reaching analysis of these events”.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s visit: on the way toward a new state of Russian-Uzbek relations

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Uzbekistan’s president Shavkat Mirziyoyev has paid an official visit to Moscow. During the stay special focus was on the summit talks of the presidents of two states. The international analytical center “Rethinking Russia” talked to Aleksandr Gushchin, political expert, Head of the Department of Post-Soviet Countries of the Russian State University for the Humanities, about the key topics discussed and prospects of Russian-Uzbek dialogue.