Publications

09.03.2010. Echoes of the Past Wars
Or Strategic Havoc Last year was quite eventful in military-strategic terms. Russia and the United States remained locked in tough-going talks over strategic arms reductions. The odds are they may soon deliver a treaty. Then there will follow a no easy period of ratification in the United States. The Republicans in the Senate will do their utmost to strip Barack Obama of this sign of success in the sphere of disarmament the US president had declared a priority. The...

15.02.2010. THE PAST YEAR AND THE UPCOMING DECADE
The year 2009 brought closure to the first decade of the 21st century and – largely although not completely – to the entire post-Cold-War period in Euro-Atlantic politics. It also closed an era in Russian domestic and foreign policies marked by the country’s recovery as a state and a steep strengthening of its international and political positions. While ten years ago Russia faced the task of de facto regaining real sovereignty and the status of a great power, which...

09.02.2010. Why Europe needs a new security pact
Let me share some of the thinking that lies behind the Russian idea of the necessity of a new European security architecture. I cannot not claim authorship of the idea — that belongs rightly to President Dmitri Medvedev — but I have been a proponent of the concept for many years. During the last decade and a half, Russia has been drifting back to its traditional historical role — that of a relatively backward, but powerful country, seeking to join a...

24.11.2009. Russia in Euro-Atlantic Region
Let me share with you some thoughts born from the discussions of a report on a new Euro-Atlantic security architecture. The report, being prepared by the Russian group of the Valdai Club which I have been chairing for the last six years, will be presented in Moscow and London in December this year. The work on the report has brought me to a conclusion that is now obvious to me, but that is not generally accepted, yet. After all, when we speak of the need to sign a new treaty on...

09.11.2009. LA GUERRA IN EUROPA NON ? IMPOSSIBILE
1. QUEST’ANNO CADONO, QUASI PER MAGICA combinazione, gli anniversari di eventi che hanno plasmato il mondo in cui viviamo. Il principale riguarda la caduta del Muro di Berlino (9 novembre 1989), che provocò il tracollo del «socialismo reale» e l’imprevedibile fenomeno storico della totale riconciliazione fra russi e tedeschi. Ma è probabile che la fine del conflitto in Europa si rivelerà soltanto provvisoria. Le vecchie...

03.07.2009. How to draw a line under the Cold War
Faced with the daunting new challenges of the global economic crisis, the time has come for the West to re-think its relations with Russia, says Sergei Karaganov. He sets out his plan for an ambitious new collective security agreement   This year offers a seemingly magical combination of anniversaries of events that shaped the world we live in. The main one, of course, is the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, whose consequence was the death of “real...

03.06.2009. The Magic Numbers of 2009
How to Finish 20th-Century History When analyzing the powerful and unprecedented rapid changes in the global economy and politics a year or two ago, one could say with confidence that the political 20th century – which actually began in August 1914, not according to the calendar – had ended. Not yet. I have already written about the coming of a “New Epoch” in various periodicals, including in this journal (see, for example: Sergei Karaganov. “A New...

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,...

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