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CSTO Minus One: Collective Security in Central Asia After Uzbekistan’s CSTO Withdrawal

CSTO Minus One: Collective Security in Central Asia After Uzbekistan’s CSTO Withdrawal

Uzbekistan’s decision to suspend its CSTO membership reflects the changing geostrategic landscape of Central Asia. It should also lead the region to reflect on its current collective security arrangements.

“Welcome to North Korea,” Predicting the Effect of Russia’s new Protest Law

“Welcome to North Korea,” Predicting the Effect of Russia’s new Protest Law

While Russia is not likely to emerge as North Korea, or even Belarus, it is likely that the state will continue to engage in a complex strategy of repression to maintain its position.

The Moral Molecule and International Relations

The Moral Molecule and International Relations

Every representative political system depends on trust. The same is true for relations between polities. Yet, very little research has been done to understand why it is that we trust others and what those findings could mean for International Relations.

Nothing to See Here: The 2012 EU-Russia Summit

Nothing to See Here: The 2012 EU-Russia Summit

Russia is intent on proving itself relevant on the global stage. In an age when attention is shifting to the East and the South, Russia is positioning itself as a central, non-Western, power.

The Paradox of Russo-Chinese Relations

The Paradox of Russo-Chinese Relations

Even as Russia and China have been presenting a united front on a whole host of global issues in recent months, the underlining sense of mistrust that has long pervaded the bilateral relationship is becoming more acute. Competition in Asia is likely to persist.

Syria as Proof of the Unipolar Illusion

Syria as Proof of the Unipolar Illusion

Unipolarity is ending quicker than most imagined. If unipolarity was as prevalent now as it was in the 1990s, Russia would likely not challenge the United States over Syria.

More ‘Hama Rules’ or a Democratic Opening from the Tragedy of Syria?

More ‘Hama Rules’ or a Democratic Opening from the Tragedy of Syria?

The conflict in Syria has gone beyond the point of no return. The rules of the game are Hama Rules; the regime views the contest in terms of us or them.

Europe in Russia’s Academic Discourse: Unlocking the Plurality of Interpretations

Europe in Russia’s Academic Discourse: Unlocking the Plurality of Interpretations

The political positioning of Russia as a European country has never been seriously challenged in Russian political discourse, which asserts Russia as a European country in terms of its history, culture and identity. Yet, relations with European countries are marked by a series of crises.

Regulatory Regionalism? Russia’s Common Economic Space

Regulatory Regionalism? Russia’s Common Economic Space

Russia has a role to play as the regional leader of the Eurasian Union, and perhaps of the former Soviet space. Putin pragmatically recognises the importance of the Soviet Union’s legacy.

Review – The Wars of Afghanistan

Review – The Wars of Afghanistan

Peter Tomsen has provided a comprehensive account of Afghanistan’s recent conflicts and illuminates aspects of this history in ways that only he could really achieve.

Russia’s Foreign Policy in Kosovo

Russia’s Foreign Policy in Kosovo

Russia’s Balkans strategy is one of deterrence. It will maintain a high-profile denial of Kosovo’s independence and attempt to block the new nation from the international stage.

Security Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Arctic Environment

Security Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Arctic Environment

As the polar ice cap melts, the US and the international community are underprepared to address the growing economic dynamics of the Arctic.

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