Parliamentarism Combatting a Drug Menace

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The State Duma has once again demonstrated its capability to play an active role in the international arena and set its own agenda when it comes to determining country’s foreign policy priorities. The event that took place in the Russian Parliament’s lower chamber December 4 was a non-routine one. The International conference “Parliamentarians Against Drugs” was held for the first time. It was attended by law-makers from 43 countries who realize the threat and, consequently, the need to counter it by joint efforts.

Russia Studies in the U.S.: From academic ghetto to political mainstream

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After the victory of republican Donald Trump at the 2016 presidential election followed by the series of probes into the Kremlin’s alleged meddling in the American domestic affairs, Russia turned into political mainstream in the U.S. However, the revived interest toward this country failed to translate into increasing funding of Russia Studies programs. And here is why.

A Delicate Balancing Act: Russia, Turkey, and the Kurds

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Russia and Turkey have been improving their relationship since June 2016, the Kurdish question presents a potential challenge to their attempts to strengthen their ties. Reconciling Kurdish aspirations with Turkish fears will be a top priority for Moscow in its effort to broker a post-war peace in Syria.

How buzz on Russia dossier undermines bilateral relations between Moscow and Washington

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There are at least five investigations into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, conducted by congressional committees, subcommittees and Special Council Robert Mueller. This creates a robust anti-Trump consensus in the U.S., and it should not be underestimated. It turns into the anti-Russian one. This dynamics creates a whole series of potential threats to the US-Russian relations, up to the attempts to provoke a direct conflict between the two countries.

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.