Kissinger in Moscow: Looking to Bring Pragmatism into US-Russia Relations

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Kissinger’s recent meeting with Putin is most welcome. On its own, it won’t change anything – the two men have known each other a long time and have met on numerous occasions. Still, their encounters provide a useful means by which the Russian leader can learn what American elites are thinking, and by which Washington can acquire a more accurate picture of Russian desires.

Why Henry Kissinger Came to Moscow

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Last week was marked by the visit of Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State, prominent political scientist and geostrategist, to Moscow. Kissinger is an outstanding man, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his efforts which brought the Vietnam War to the end. One of his achievements was the opening to China and the détente with the Soviet Union. What is more, his diplomacy helped to end a devastating war in the Middle East in 1973.

Putin Becomes Target of Bizarre Personal Attacks as West’s Global Ambitions Falter

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Although Vladimir Putin rarely gets an honest and objective handling from the Western political and media establishment, the level and type of attacks against the Russian leader of late can only be described as dangerous, delusional and very deliberate. The West has kicked off 2016 with a level of vilification against Putin that is so detached from reality that it actually serves to highlight the misdeeds and misfortunes of the accusers.

Who is to Blame for Instigating a Conflict between Russia and the West?

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The belief that Vladimir Putin single-handedly “manufactured” the current conflict with the West to win domestic support and hold on to power at any cost, has been a staple of mainstream Western analysis of Russia since the Ukraine crisis began. That same belief has subsequently spilled over into analysis of Russia’s intervention in the Syrian crisis.

Global Energy Security: A Deceptive Respite

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Despite the declining theoretical interest in the matters of ensuring global energy security, the problems still exist, though for now they are less acute. Unique opportunities and, what is more important, Russia’s strong interest in jointly addressing these problems are still present.