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.

UK Election was Theresa May’s Personal Defeat

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Britain’s Conservatives lost their majority in general election. No party managed to secure an outright majority of seats in the House of Commons, meaning that Westminster will have its second hung parliament in the last seven years.
Shorn of the 326 desired mandates, the Conservatives will have either to engage in talks to form a coalition government or to opt for a parliamentary minority government. However, the latter will fail to deliver stable rule.

Difficult Context – Bright Prospects. Outcomes of Russian Parliamentarians’ Visit to Serbia

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The parliamentary delegation’s trip came at a difficult time. Even though a need for stronger Russian-Serbian relations still exists, certain challenges related to Brussels’ policy and the changing geostrategic situation in the Balkans impede substantial progress. A closer inter-parliamentary dialogue can offer a way forward. Increased interaction between specialized parliamentary commissions can result in new initiatives, in particular for small- and medium-sized businesses, which will contribute to cooperation between Serbia and Russian regions. It may become a driving force for Russian-Serbian relations for the years to come.