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.

Rethinking Russia Journal «International Security»

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Current relations between the West and Russia are tensed. One of the recent manifestations of these tensions has been added by NATO Summit in Warsaw in July 2016. This forum proclaimed that Russia and NATO are not strategic partners anymore. But is that right? Did both the West and Russia loose ground and necessity for interaction in the international security field?

We are glad to present a new issue of Rethinking Russia Journal, in which our authors have tried to answer these and many other questions.

Rethinking Russia Journal “Russia: Road to Elections 2016”

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In less than three months Russia will hold parliamentary elections . Its citizens are going to vote for the deputies who will get 450 seats in the State Duma. At the same time on September, 18 thousand mandates will be allocated on the regional and local. 2016 is an important point in the Russian political cycle, so the forthcoming elections have become the main subject of this issue of Rethinking Russia Journal

The Donkey and the Elephant: American Presidential Politics, Russia, and None of the Above

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Russian ‘support’ for Trump might be more of an indictment against past Hillary positions and statements rather than based on real evidence that accurately predicts what a Trump presidency might mean for Moscow. In fact, looking at both candidates strictly from a ‘what-this-means-for-Russia?’ perspective reveals the next four years of White House-Kremlin relations could be rather problematic no matter who wins.