Publications

26.10.2015. The Eurasian Promise
The Eurasian Promise China’s Westward Turn to Benefit Russia    The latest meetings of the CIS heads of state and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, held in Astana on October 16-17, irradiated plans to link the Eurasian Economic Union with the Silk Road Economic Belt and with efforts to develop cooperation in Central Asia, including in the military-political field. The leaders...

17.09.2015. No easy solutions. On perspectives of the Russian-European Relations
The current crisis in Russia-West relations is commonly blamed on Russia’s actions in Crimea, Donbass and Ukraine in general. But its roots go much deeper. And it may have much more serious consequences in the long term. The situation may not only evolve into a full-blown armed clash, the probability of which I hope is declining, political confrontation or truncated economic ties. But it may also...

17.09.2015. A Eurasian Solution for Europe’s Crises
  MOSCOW – More than 18 months after former President Viktor Yanukovych was driven from power (and into exile), the crisis in Ukraine is at a stalemate. Crimea has been reabsorbed by Russia (in what many consider an annexation); much of eastern Ukraine is held by pro-Russia rebels; and relations between the West and Russia are more tense than at any time since...

03.06.2015. A 21st Century Vienna Concert
The year 2015 is a year of many jubilees – 70 years since the Great Victory and the end of the Second World War; 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent unification of Germany; and 40 years since the signing of the Helsinki Final Act and the subsequent creation of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. These events have overshadowed the glorious jubilee – the 200th anniversary of the victory over Napoleon in the European war and...

24.05.2015. Eurasian Way Out of the European Crisis
I have already written before that having emerged from the Cold War, Europe lost the post-war peace. The continent is on the verge of strategic degradation that may either become a caricature of military-political division into opposing blocs or a time of disquieting uncertainty. The military-political conflict over Ukraine can escalate as well. Europe is sinking into an internal crisis as its 500-year global dominance is drawing to an end. Following the end of the two-bloc period...

20.02.2015. Europe: A Defeat at the Hands of Victory?
Having won the Cold War (perhaps largely due to the courage of the Russian people who threw off a communist dictatorship and were prepared to take risks), Europe seems to be losing the peace. The region is entering the next stage of international relations disunited and weakened, and poised for a confrontation or maybe even a large-scale...

06.02.2015. A Turn to the East: Results and Objectives
A new center of economic development will emerge in Central Eurasia The long-term deterioration of relations with the West, hopefully less dramatic in the future than now, and the need for restructuring foreign economic relations, largely malformed during the years of disintegration and chaotic attempts to restore them, make the partial economic turn to the East all the more necessary. The turn has started and it should be expanded. Those of us who for years tried to prove the...

16.01.2015. The Watershed Year: Interim Results
A Chance for a Fundamental Renewal The year 2014 is likely to go down in the history of Russia as a time when its foreign policy course was tightened and its internal and economic policy guidelines started to change. The former was almost inevitable. It is a risky move but it may potentially be beneficial for both the country and the world. The change in the tone and essence of relations with the West, its reaction and sanctions may prod Russian elites into focusing on...

01.12.2014. 2014: INTERIM RESULTS
The year 2014 will likely to go down in the history of Russia as a time when its foreign policy course was hardened and its internal and economic policy guidelines started to change.   Russian Motives The main reason for Russia’s turn is the West’s refusal to...

15.09.2014. Western delusions triggered this conflict and Russians will not yield
The west is without direction and losing sight of moral convictions, writes Sergey Karaganov The Soviet Union’s sunset years hardly felt like an innocent age to those who lived through them, but to recall the hopes and aspirations of that era is to rue the naiveties of those days. “A common European house” was how President Mikhail Gorbachev pictured the continent’s future; “a Europe whole and free”, in the words of George HW Bush, his...

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