Publications

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...

13.07.2007. New epoch setting in
Sergei Karaganov, Dean of the School of International Economics and Foreign Affairs of the State University — Higher School of Economics (SU – HSE). Originally published in Russian in Rossiiskaya Gazeta (federal issue) No. 4407 of July 6, 2007. On account of recent developments, I have been refraining from sharing my conclusions with the readers for several months. Relations between the traditional West and Russia – and international relations in...

17.05.2007. Time to back off: Russian-European relations
One can only be amazed at the present state of Russian-European relations. Misunderstandings and minor issues take precedence over far deeper shared interests. These interests are clear: the need to prevent or manage the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; the fight against terrorism, which is bound to get worse after the inevitable American withdrawal from Iraq; the need to defuse, avoid or confront Islamic extremism. There is also a common, albeit hidden, interest...

07.05.2007. ABM: uncooperative Russia or scheming America?
Having suggested deployment of missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic, and achieved their tentative consent to host them, Washington has met with not only Russia's tough reaction but also the most unpleasant irritation of its main European allies. By offering Russia to discuss the Euro-ABM issue, the U.S. government is trying to cover up its mistake and ease tensions. It wants Moscow to make some response or pretend that we have come to terms. If this fails,...

17.04.2007. Russia holding out for a better deal with the EU
When analyzing the Berlin Declaration on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the European Economic Community, the predecessor of the European Union, the majority of commentators looked for its shortcoming. I don't want to join this chorus of naysayers, although I will say I was unhappy that the declaration sacrificed any reference to Europe's Christian origins for the sake of political correctness. After all, Europe's culture and history are primarily rooted in Christianity,...

03.03.2007. The future of Russia and the EU
For Russia, Europe is a centuries-long magnet, which has had a strong influence on its cultural identity to this day. For Europe, Russia has always been both a shield and a threat. Russia defended Europe from the Mongols, Turks and Nazis; it has been the most reliable among a host of almost wholly unreliable major suppliers of energy, which Europe generates on a negligible scale. But defending Europe, Russia sometimes launched an offensive and gained control over some of its parts....

03.03.2007. Rapports Russie — Union europ?enne : quel avenir?
Pour la Russie, l'Europe est, depuis des siècles, un pôle d'attraction qui a déterminé et qui continue de déterminer son identité civilisée. Pour l'Europe, la Russie est, à la fois, un défenseur et une menace, défenseur contre les hordes tataro-mongoles, les Turcs, les nazis et fournisseur (le plus fiable parmi les autres fournisseurs, indignes de confiance) de matières énergétiques que l'Europe...

30.01.2007. How to make elite in Belarus pro-Russian?
Moscow and Minsk seem to have come to terms. Moscow has increased gas tariffs, and given Belarus a blessing of transition. It has also raised export duties for the oil pumped into Belarus and through it. To sum up, Moscow has reduced but not stopped de facto subsidizing of the Belarusian government. This is not the first time we have tried to threaten Minsk or persuade it to switch to a more sensible economic policy. There were almost no official calls for a more adequate...

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