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.

Deconstructing the Geopolitical Setting of the Refugee Crisis

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Many wonder today what kind of actor could have an interest in the refugee crisis, which threatens the homogeneity and stability of European states. Some blame the US policy in the Middle East for this. But did Washington really, deliberately or by thoughtlessness, create preconditions for the exodus of millions of people from their homelands in Syria and Iraq?

Who Wants Victory for the Islamic State?

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Moscow’s objective in Syria is to prevent further civilian casualties and not to impose its own political solutions upon the Syrian people. However, Western decision makers chose to be engaged in an information war with Russia questioning the legitimacy of its operation. A question comes to mind: Who in the West is interested in seeing the Islamic State as a victor in this conflict?

«Putin’s Russia» in France

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Rethinking Russia is honored to present a book «Putin’s Russia» that was authored by Ivan Blot, Nicolas Sarkozy’s advisor and former Deputy Head of the French Interior Ministry. The book is to be presented in France in December 2015 and in Russia in early 2016.

The Kurdish Dilemma: Choosing between Moscow and Washington

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The Kurdish problem is a source of strategic advantage for many regional and international powers and therefore it is being currently kept on the back burner. Kurds should exercise the highest degree of caution in their foreign policy and opt for a policy, which would place them strategically in between the United States and Russia.