Youth Parliamentarianism and Origin of New Ideas

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On November 20-21, the State Duma welcomed young parliamentarians of regional legislative assemblies, municipal deputies, young scholars and postgraduate students, businessmen and representatives of youth organizations. All of them won the contest to participate in the first All-Russian Youth Parliamentary Forum. While it is too early to talk about the practical outcome of the two-day meaningful discussion – the best initiatives can later become bills to be debated – the prominence of the event as a strategic move is already apparent and can be commented on.

New Turns of the Sanctions Spiral

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The Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin has announced that Russia is ready to adopt tit-for-tat measures against the United States in the sphere of regulation of foreign mass media working in Russia. This allows us to predict a fightback in the Russian-American sanctions ping-pong match.

Europe Divided

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In June, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker rejected a proposal from Germany to link EU funding for member states to the respect of democratic principles and human rights. The main targets of the proposed bill were Poland and Hungary, whose domestic politics have both been the subject of recent criticism from Western European states.

Selfie Diplomacy and its Effects

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There are many different forms of State diplomacy: traditional, public, digital (including twiplomacy, hashtag-diplomacy, etc.). One considers digital diplomacy as the influence of the soft power on the foreign Internet audience. In the digital environment users express themselves in various ways, e.g. by publishing their own pictures – selfies. Selfie policy is a way to verity event. However, some authors believe that politicians are not interested in communication with social networks users; their selfies are a digital analog of a political self-portrait, created in order to demonstrate the appearance of their prestige towards themselves.

Russia and World War One

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It can be said without exaggeration that the First World War ushered in the 20th century with the roar of guns and the collapse of four empires. Not only did it redraw the world’s political map, but also altered the social make-up of all the parties. The First World War proved to be a severe test for Russia. And it was not so much the army which lost it, but the entire society and political system. The War was the greatest tragedy, which we still cannot fully grasp. The tragedy was perceived by its contemporaries as a “betrayal”. Mutual accusations of the betrayal eroded national unity, with the broad masses guided by local rather than national interests. As a result, those who truly served their country and were ready to shed blood for the sake of the common victory were betrayed.

Is Macron a pyrrhic victory for the EU?

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Emmanuel Macron is likely to push for the revival of the German-French axis within the EU. One of the central aims of the dual leadership will be European security integration. Security is, at least in this case, a two-headed entity.

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.

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.