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.

Turkish Parliamentarism and the Russian-Turkish Relations

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On January 19, MGIMO University hosted a round table discussion entitled “The Turkish parliamentarism and the Russian-Turkish relations”, organized by Rethinking Russia and the Center for Oriental Studies. Participants discussed the alignment of political forces, the position of the government and the opposition in Turkey, as well as the state of the Russian-Turkish cooperation.

New World Order Has Death Wish for the White European Civilization

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Thanks to America’s foreign policy agenda NATO countries are being helplessly dragged into battles and regardless of the public protests against illegal wars, which have already happened in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now in Syria. This development only plays further into Washington’s hands as the European people – increasingly terrified by pre-planned acts of war, terrorism and financial collapse – look to a savior to rescue them.

Institutional Development and Capacity Enhancement: Russia’s Political System Between Duma Elections of 2011 and 2016

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Rethinking Russia together with prominent political experts presents an analytical report that compares the state of the Russian political system before the electoral campaigns of 2011 and 2016. The report explains how political institutions were established and have evolved, as well as assesses the openness and competitiveness of the political system between these election cycles.

“Putin’s Russia”: An Objective View from Abroad

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On December 15, 2015, Ivan Blot, a French writer and statesman, presented his book “Putin’s Russia” in Paris. The book was released by the French publishing house “Bernard Giovanangeli Editeur” in association with the International Analytical Center “Rethinking Russia.” “Putin’s Russia” – is one of the first successful attempts at drawing an unbiased image of modern Russia.

Coercive Diplomacy 2.0: Russia’s Version

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Today the manipulation of exchange rates, consumer goods, food supply as well as visa bans are getting more and more frequently used as the weapon of choice in interstate conflicts. However, in its conflict with Turkey Russia’s ‘Diplomacy 2.0.’ prefers measures that would provoke public response and reaction in the media, but at the same time won’t lead to military confrontation.