Publications

03.06.2009. Russia and the U.S.: Reconfiguration, Not only Resetting
Russian-U.S. relations are currently developing in an international environment that stands in dramatic contrast to the Cold War era and the period of transition that followed it. This new situation is marked by the following factors: – An overall decline of governability in international relations that are undergoing renationalization as certain countries seek to regain central international roles for themselves; – An ongoing rapid shift of the center of global...

01.04.2009. The Unfinished War, or the Magic Numbers of 2009
The year 2009 is a year of a seemingly magic combination of the anniversaries of many events that have shaped the world we live in. But the main anniversary in 2009 is 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, which marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Today we can sum up the results – both glad and sad – of the period that has passed since then. The positive results include the victory of personal liberty over non-liberty. Communism has sunk into historical...

06.11.2008. Towards a Union of Europe
  Sergei Karaganov Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy Igor Yurgens Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development    The present overall crisis requires a comprehensive restructuring of the outdated and ineffective system of international governance. The crisis will seriously damage many, but at the same time it will clear away many obstacles, which will require fresh thinking and new approaches,...

31.10.2008. A Farcical Cold War
    In the last century there have been two cold wars – major geopolitical, economic and ideological confrontation. And now a third cold war is being foisted on the world. This one I would call farcical.     The first, prompted by the triumph of Communism in Russia and fascism in Germany, led to the Second World War, from which the Soviet Union, at a cost of nearly 30m lives, emerged a victor. The second – a classic cold war – the...

30.10.2008. Confrontation or Cooperation?
The new Russia is no longer a crippled giant    Many of the world’s up-and-coming new powers neither embrace nor aspire to the Western model of liberal democracy. This makes the idea of an “alliance of democracies” a nonstarter. The new powers include authoritarian regimes and they demand a role in global governance. Russia is ready to cooperate, if the West is ready to take it seriously.    The new industrial revolution in Asia, above all...

16.10.2008. The World Crisis – A Time for Creation
The ideas expressed in this article came about long ago and took their final form during the first World Policy Conference held in early October in Evian, France. The main impression left by the Evian conference for current politics, underlined in speeches by the Russian and French presidents, is that Russia and Europe have refused to follow the Cold War path, on which many Americans and their allies in Europe wanted them to embark, especially after Georgia made its incursion into...

15.10.2008. The World Crisis — A Time for Creation
The ideas expressed in this article came about long ago and took their final form during the first World Policy Conference held in early October in Evian, France. The main impression left by the Evian conference for current politics, underlined in speeches by the Russian and French presidents, is that Russia and Europe have refused to follow the Cold War path, on which many Americans and their allies in Europe wanted them to embark, especially after Georgia made its incursion into...

27.02.2008. Let’s make the West our friend
Despite a hitherto lukewarm response to its overtures, Moscow is continuing with an intensive diplomatic plan to encourage Tehran to suspend parts of its nuclear programme. I believe «s foreign policy position over the last five or six years – and especially since Vladimir Putin's speech in Munich last year – has been the right one. has made it very clear that it will not make any more concessions. It has stopped pretending that it was comfortable with rules of...

07.12.2007. New era: what should be done?
Of the most interesting articles published in this country’s Russian-language press this month, Diplomat has chosen the one written by Sergei Karaganov, dean of the world economics and politics department at the Higher School of Economics. It first appeared in the September 12 issue of the Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper. On top of economic globalization, the information revolution, the political awakening and galvanization of billions of people produced by the information...

23.10.2007. A New Epoch of Confrontation
Global politics, of which relations between the traditional West and Russia make up an essential part, is acquiring a new quality. Many analysts have been impatient to call the changes a “new Cold War.” However, the causes and forms of the confrontation, occurring right before our eyes, markedly differ from the sources of the confrontation that ended almost 20 years ago. The new confrontation is proceeding in different conditions and, most likely, it will be less profound...

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