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.

The Battle for Syria

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The international dimension of the Syrian conflict is usually seen as the reluctance of the USA to get engaged, and Russia’s readiness to do just the opposite – while many other regional players get lost in the background. In order to establish different patterns and to articulate the plurality of motives that guided international actors, Rethinking Russia spoke to Christopher Phillips – senior lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University and associate fellow at the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House, who just published a meticulously researched book “The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East” that documents the international dimension of the conflict.

Vyacheslav Volodin elected as Head of CSTO Parliamentary Assembly: а Commentary by Andrey Kazantsev

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On November 24 speaker of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin was elected Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Andrey Kazantsev, Director at the MGIMO University Analytical Center, shared his thoughts on challenges and tasks before Mr. Volodin personally and CSTO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) as a whole.

APEC summit: at the crossroads

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The APEC summit, where the heads of the member-states discussed how to address the economic woes that the international community is now facing, concluded in Lima on November 20. Besides heads of state, big business has also participated at the summit. The participants touched upon the issue of political leaders’ impact on the global economic situation, as well as frequently discussed questions on removing trade barriers. The international analytical center “Rethinking Russia” presents Russian experts’ comments on the results of the summit.

Beyond the confrontation. Interview with Edward Luttwak

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In the recent months the US-Russian relations have been in this weird place where Russia suddenly emerged again as a topic of a heated and very controversial electoral campaign and again in a form of an Evil Empire. The relations have been strained since 2014 following the events in Crimea, Ukraine and the sanctions rounds even though the same two countries managed to cooperate around Iran, and were rubbing shoulders in Syria. The recent storm has been caused by the leakage of the Democratic party emails, allegedly done by Moscow with the end goal to undermine Hillary Clinton (who is holding firm anti-Russian position) and support Donald Trump (who has praised Vladimir Putin in the past). With the elections taking place this week, Rethinking Russia spoke to an influential Republican geostrategist, CSIS senior associate Edward Luttwak about the current state of the Russian-American elections.

PACE Should No Longer Be a Club of «Good Pupils». Expert Interview With Birte Wassenberg

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Political season in Europe started with the autumn session in PACE where the assembly was split between those who wanted to bring the Russian delegation back (represented by PACE president) and those who were opposed to this (represented first and foremost by the Ukrainian delegation). Russia delegation is absent from PACE since 2014 when its voting rights have been suspended following Crimea and the crisis in Ukraine. Rethinking Russia spoke about the importance of this suspension and the possibilities to unblock the situation to Birte Wassenberg – professor in Contemporary History at the Institute for Political Studies (IEP) of the University of Strasbourg, visiting professor at the College of Europe and author of the book “History of the Council of Europe (1949-2009).

The State Duma elected September 18, 2016 differs from the previous convocations in that it has many important peculiarities

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The latest parliamentary elections were held in accordance with the major principles of the political reform initiated by president Putin: competitiveness, openness, legitimacy. The results of the elections have provoked significant neither allegations from the participants, particularly parties and candidates, nor rejection of the public opinion. This eliminated the risk of 2011 repetition.

Interview with Gordon Hahn about ISIS

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Rethinking Russia spoke to Gordon Hahn – analyst, geostrategist and author of Russia’s Islamic Threat (2007) and The Caucasus Emirate Mujahedin: Global Jihadism in Russia’s North Caucasus and Beyond (2014) – about whether this threat should be taken seriously, about the dynamics in the relations between ISIS and Russian jihadists and why Dagestan is currently the hotbed of the jihadism in Russia.