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.

I personally feel there is ample evidence to show that there have been many opportunities missed by the US to establish new connections and interaction with Russia

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Rethinking Russia continues interviews on the topic relations between Russia and the West. This time Rethinking Russia spoke with Matthew Crosston, Miller Endowed Chair for Industrial and International Security, Professor of Political Science, Director – The International Security and Intelligence Studies Program, Bellevue University, USA.

Brexit might be a good thing for the British foreign policy

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Rethinking Russia explores the details of the UK’s post-Brexit foreign policy with the professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London, special adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons and director of the Centre “UK in a Changing Europe” at King’s – Anand Menon.