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.

Vyacheslav Volodin Visits Seoul: on the Way towards Parliamentary Diplomacy Consolidation

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The Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin paid his official two-day visit to the Republic of Korea where the Second Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments took place. Rethinking Russia Director Alexander Konkov noticed that Vyacheslav Volodin’s visit to Seoul is another example of parliamentary diplomacy consolidation in Russia.

Trump’s Political Future: the Russia Factor

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The US Constitution vests the president, the head of the executive branch, with considerable power to formulate the country’s foreign policy. Regardless of the proactive stance of some Congressmen in dealing with external issues, America’s foreign policy has historically been shaped by presidents, their temperament, experience, ideological leanings, and quite often it has been affected by their domestic policy. The latter can be central to understanding and forecasting the Trump administration’s steps related to Russia.

June 22: History and Memory

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Each state has many memorable dates that serve as landmarks of the historical memory and provide retrospect with a cyclical character. June 22, the day when the Great Patriotic War began, holds a specific place. In contrast to the Victory Day, June 22 is the day of the great tragedy. This particular day divides the whole history both of the Soviet Union and Russia of the 20th century into “before” and “after” – into “before the war” and “after the war began”.

Future of Syrian Skies

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When the US-led coalition announced on 19 June that a Syrian Su-22 jet had been shot down by a US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet the day before, Russia suspended a pact preventing clashes in the Syrian flight zone. In his interview for Rethinking Russia, Alexey Khlebnikov, an expert on the Middle East and Russian foreign policy, comments on the situation and its possible implications.