Wednesday, November 19, 2014



Main News and Trends:

Friday, November 14, 2014

Welcome to the World Without the West

The rise of the World Without the West should put to bed for now the persistent post–Cold War dream of a universally accepted and legitimate liberal order.

The Challenge of Non-State Actors

Non-state armed groups have emerged as key protagonists in conflicts around the Middle East, and they are often hostile to the United States. Today they undermine U.S. policy goals, destabilize fragile states, and kill civilians.

Who Is at Fault in Ukraine?

Foreign Affairs have recently published a number of articles examining the extent to which the ongoing crisis in Ukraine is the West's fault. Those articles sparked a heated debate.
Agreement with Russia on building new nuclear power units very important — Iran ambassador
Iran and Russia take decisions within their national interests without paying attention to pressure from third parties, Iranian Ambassador in Moscow Mehdi Sanaei said.
Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan on War Footing after Helicopter Downing

Azerbaijan said they've established a no-fly zone over the disputed Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, after they shot down a military helicopter heightening tensions between the two Caucasian neighbours.
The New Brand Sputnik to Show Alternative Viewpoint: Director General

New media brand Sputnik, designed by International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya for a global audience, will give an alternative viewpoint on the world events, Rossiya Segodnya Director General Dmitry Kiselev said at the presentation of the Sputnik group Monday.
Russia's Gazprom Plans $18 Billion Investment in 2015 Amid Pivot to China

Russia's Gazprom will invest 839.2 billion rubles ($18.1 billion) next year, the bulk for development of the Yamal Peninsula's natural gas deposits and also including research for a new gas pipeline route to China, the company said Thursday.
Moscow to continue supporting Iraq in reinforcing its armed forces - Foreign Ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry reaffirms Moscow's support for the Iraqi authorities' efforts in combating terrorist groups, including the Islamic State, and calls for a consensus on the matter between Iraqi political forces.


Why Nuclear Weapons Remain Central to International Power. By Brahma Chellaney
Nuclear weapons have strategic and political utility; they significantly strengthen the state’s position on the international arena. At the same time countries possessing nuclear weapons are more ready to use military power and violate international law.

Icy Silence: The Future of U.S.-Russian Relations. By Fyodor Lukyanov
The U.S. believes in its exceptionalism and bases everything on that principle. Meanwhile, Russia painfully mourns the loss of its superpower status and has yet to fully come to grips with the rupture that occurred almost a quarter of a century ago. It left Moscow with a heightened sense of the fragility of not only the Russian state, but of the entire world order.

Post-Ukraine Agenda in the Asian Era. By Nobuo Shimotomai
The discourse in Asia, including in Japan, is focused on whether the Ukraine conflict should be characterized as a “New Cold War”, or it should be called a “Clash of Civilizations”.

Russia needs a realist paradigm. Interview with Timofei Bordachev
Russia needs a realist paradigm. Interpreted both through structural realism and neoclassical realism, the realist school invariably provides the most comprehensive rationale for the use of force in international relations. Realism gives answers to questions that cannot be answered by liberal scholars.

Russia’s economy obviously isn’t doing well but neither is it “collapsing”. By Mark Adomanis
Economic Russian unemployment remains at a post-Soviet record low, wages are still (slowly) growing, and the economy has (so far) managed to avoid recession. The people dancing on Putin’s grave would do well to remember, though, that through the first half of 2014 Russia’s “collapsing” economy performed about as well as the Eurozone’s.

Can Russia and NATO Agree to Disagree? By Andrey Sushentsov
The debate over European security turns on the different ways Russia and the West interpret NATO’s expansion. These interpretations, for their part, are rooted in the different ways the parties view the end of the Cold War.

Soft Power, Dark Power and Academic Cooperation. By David Lane
The Russia’s policy of multilateralism, the evolution of regional associations, the concept of Eurasianism and Russia’s links with China (and the BRICS) are undeveloped as challenges to Western

Russia and the West need a compromise over the Crimea. By Alexander Lebedev and Vladislav Inozemtsev
The West should rethink its attitude towards Russia’s actions in Crimea as being open and clear aggression; Russia, on its part, should clarify the causes for its annexation, even if it retains its control over the peninsula.


Putin stockpiles gold as Russia prepares for economic war
Russia has taken advantage of lower gold prices to pack the vaults of its central bank with bullion as it prepares for the possibility of a long, drawn-out economic war with the West.

Russia to Expand Military Presence Further From Its Borders
Russia will expand its long-distance air patrols farther out from its borders, reaching into the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean basin.

Russia-Iran nuclear reactor deal raises eyebrows
Russia has agreed to build eight new nuclear reactors in Iran in a deal raising eyebrows in Washington and Europe as fraught international talks to curb Tehran’s atomic ambitions near their deadline.

Putin delivers another vicious blow to Australia
It was a blow that will set future Australian LNG projects back a decade or two. This follows Putin’s earlier dairy blow to Australia. At the start of APEC, Russia announced that it has reached a basic agreement with China to expand and accelerate the supply of gas from Siberia.

Stakes are high as US plays the oil card against Iran and Russia
Washington is trying to drive down prices by flooding the market with crude but risks collateral damage to its own shale industry.


November 15-16
G20 Summit in Australia

November 18
EU Ministers of Defense meeting in Belgium

November 19
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to address the State Duma session

November 21
CIS Heads of Government Council in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)

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