Pragmatism and Common Sense – No Margin for Error

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The American military strike on a Syrian airbase has rather demonstrated President Trump’s burning desire to adopt a more hawkish stance – both at home and abroad – than has been launched merely in retaliation for the terrible chemical attack. As those willing to see the US-Russia conflict degenerate into direct confrontation are a dime a dozen, the sides should proceed with caution, both verbally and nonverbally.

From February to October

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In the Annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly, President Vladimir Putin placed special emphasis on the idea that the anniversary of the February Revolution and the October Revolution is “a good moment for looking back on the causes and nature of these revolutions in Russia. Not just historians and scholars should do this; Russian society in general needs an objective, honest and deep-reaching analysis of these events”.

Words or Deeds: Combating Terrorism

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On April 3 the explosion in St. Petersburg’s underground killed 14 passengers, about 50 were wounded. “Rethinking Russia” presents the exclusive commentary by Evgeny Primakov, CEO of Russian Humanitarian Mission, presenter and author of “Global Review” TV-program (channel Russia 24) on the most important issues in the fight against international terrorism.

Lessons to Learn from the International Arctic Forum

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Russia took active part in the multilateral dialogue on the most important regional problems at the International Arctic Forum. Alexander Sergunin (Ph.D. in Political Science, Professor at St. Petersburg State University) commented on the key moments of Vladimir Putin’s speech and also touched upon the question of Forum’s importance for the development of the Russian North. Lev Voronkov (Ph.D. in History, Head of the North European Department of the North European and Baltic Studies Center at the MGIMO-University), in turn, drew attention to the uniqueness of this format and the specifics of international cooperation in the Arctic.

Igor Dodon’s Working Visit to Moscow

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“Rethinking Russia” presents the expert commentary by Andrei Devyatkov (Ph.D. in History, Senior Fellow at the Center for Post-Soviet Studies of the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Associate Professor at the Department of Regional Problems of World Politics, Moscow State University) on Igor Dodon’s Visit to Moscow that took place in March.

Reconciling with the Past

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Ahead of the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Rethinking Russia think-tank presents different viewpoints on the events. This is the essay by Anatoly Torkunov, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Rector of Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and Chairperson of the Organizing Committee for the celebration.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Visit to Moscow: Outcomes and Prospects

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has wrapped up his Moscow visit, during which he discussed a range of bilateral and international issues with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. The Rethinking Russia think tank has interviewed Tatyana Karasova, Head of Israel Department at RAS Institute for Oriental Studies, to learn more about the trip’s outcomes and prospects for the state-to-state relations.

Western Hunt for “Russian Trail” Stands in the Way of Building Trust

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Milivoje Katnić, Montenegro’s Chief Special Prosecutor, has accused Moscow of orchestrating and financing an alleged coup attempt, which, he said, ambitiously aimed to halt the integration of the former Yugoslav republic into NATO. The country’s Prime Minister Milorad Djukanovic is reported to have reiterated his intention to join the Alliance. Thus, Moscow is supposed not only to voice its discontent over NATO’s expansion, but also to signal its readiness to prevent it.

The Results of Igor Dodon’s Visit to Moscow

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As part of his official visit to Moscow, the Moldovan president Igor Dodon met with Vladimir Putin and came to MGIMO University to deliver a lecture to the students. “Rethinking Russia” talked to international relations expert, lecturer at the Department of Political Theory of MGIMO University, Ivan Loshkarev, about the results of the visit.