54- Russia's Far East Policy
Russian writers like Dmitri Trenin have called developing the Russian Far East (RFE) a civilizational task. At the same time Moscow has acknowledged that developing the RFE is the foundation for any successful Russian claim to an independent great power status in Asia. Yet careful examination of Russian relations with the major Northeast Asian powers: China, Japan, and South Korea, strongly suggests that Russia has failed at this task and that its economic-political system is the primary reason for this failure.
Relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia have never been as friendly as they were in 2009. After years of tension over Saudi support for Islamist fundamentalism in the post-Soviet space and Russia's proximity to Iran and Iraq, Moscow and Riyadh have progressively moved closer to each other. This rapprochement was aided by the increasing complexity of their respective relationships with the US, concerns caused by the situation in Iraq and, between 2003 and 2008, rising fuel prices.
52- Russia's Saudi Arabian Diplomacy
53-Results of the "Reset" in US-Russian Relations
50- Europe in Russian Foreign Policy:
It is now necessary to ask ourselves what place Europe holds in Russian foreign policy, given the recent developments in the latter. Indeed, Europe is by far Russia's most important partner. Nevertheless, Russia is developing a discourse of emerging state, in order to highlight the rapid loss of influence of Europeans in global affairs. Europe is still necessary in Moscow's eyes, but is no longer sufficient on its own. Russia is anticipating Europe's marginalization, all the while knowing that its own level of marginalization will depend upon the relationship that it forges with it.
In this 50th Russie.NEI.Visions edition, Thomas Gomart analyzes what place Europe holds in Russian foreign policy. by May 25
49. Russia's Greater Middle East Policy
Russia's foreign policy toward the Greater Middle East is not an aggressive, anti-Western one, but a defensive policy aimed more at protecting Russian economic interests, working with virtually any government that opposes Sunni radicalism, and preventing Moscow from becoming a target of Muslim anger as occurred during the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan (1979-1989) and Chechnya (since 1994). Mark N. Katz is a professor of government and politics at George Mason University, Fairfax, US. He writes on Russian foreign policy, the International Relations of the Middle East, and transnational revolutionary movements.
47- Russia, China and the US Strategic Tri
Over the past decade, there has been much talk about a new world order, in which American "unipolarity" would be superseded by more equal arrangements between the great powers.
45-Westernizers&Sinophiles in Russian FP
40-NATO & Russia : Threat Perceptions
The war in Georgia in August 2008 marked a new step toward the deterioration of Russia-NATO relations. By Aurel Braun, Professor of political science and fellow at the Eurasia, Russia and Europe Studies Institute (University of Toronto). by Dec 3
39- Obama and Russia
Barack Obama's recent overtures toward Russia show a desire to break away from the Bush years, which were characterized by a profound deterioration in American-Russian relations. By Thomas Gomart, Director of Ifri's Russie/NEI Center and the Director of the electronic collection Russie.Nei.Visions. by Dec 3
54- Russia's Far East Policy: Looking Beyond China
38- Russia in Latin America
Russia's policy in Latin America is not a new policy but reflects long-term aspirations to assert itself as a global power and advance the idea of a multipolar world. By Stephen Blank, Professor of Russian National Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College. by Dec 3
37-Russia's Armed Forces:Power of Illusi
Russian leaders see the military as one of the principal elements in the restoration of Russian power. But the war in Georgia highlighted the deplorable state of its conventional armed forces. By Roger Mc Dermott, Honorary Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Kent, Canterbury, and a Senior Fellow in Eurasian Military Studies at the Jamestown Foundation, Washington DC. by Dec 3
21- Russia and the Deadlock over Kosovo
Historic legacies, myths, concerns about precedents and other interests guide Russia's policy over Kosovo's status. By Oksana Antonenko, Senior Fellow and the Program Director for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). by Dec 3
16- Russia and the WTO
Russia is now in the final negotiation phase regarding its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). By Julien Vercueil, Head of the Management Department at the IUT Jean Moulin technological University in Lyon. by Dec 3
9- Ukraine : Weakness & Dependence
For James Sherr is a Fellow of the Conflict Studies Research Centre, UK Defence Academy, barely one year after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine finds itself in the midst of fresh internal and external dislocations. by Dec 3
1- The Sino-Russian Relations
Balancing delicately between strategic convergence and suspicion, Sino-Russian partnership faces an uncertain future. By Bobo Lo, Associate Fellow at Chatham House and a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center. by Dec 3