Annotation of journal number 12, December 2013

13:00 03.02.2014


A. Kramarenko. Look at the speck in your brother's eye

Stephen Sestanovich was U.S. special envoy for the newly independent states in the administration of President Bill Clinton. On November 4th 2013, in an article in the Financial Times newspaper, he predicted the imminent and total collapse of Russian foreign policy. Sestanovich did not keep the reasons for this prediction secret. He simply does not like the success of Russian diplomacy, which has radically improved the situation in the international community's response to the Syrian crisis.


E. Bazhanov. Russia and the West

Is Russia a partner of the West? This question has been asked over the centuries both in Russia and in the West. In XIII century the Pope in Rome blessed German crusaders in their political and spiritual domination of firstly the Baltics, and then Russia.


Galim Orazbakov. Kazakhstan’s foreign policy steps - 22years on

22 years ago Kazakhstan was virtually unknown to the world. Some authorities and experts questioned the future of the young independent states, possessing massive territories, weak economies, and small populations.


G. Ivashentsov. Russia goes to the East. Opportunities, challenges and tasks

In many ways, 2013 became the year of Asia for Russia. This year, Russian –Chinese and Russian - Indian summits took place in Moscow. Putin participated in the APEC summit in Bali. In November Vladimir Putin visited Hanoi and Seoul, Russian - Japanese negotiations were held in a "two plus two" format (Ministers of foreign Affairs and Defense), and also a number of other meetings were held at the highest levels.


I. Kravchenko. An alternative for Germany – the results of a political blitzkrieg

The main focus for this Autumn was the political blitzkrieg of the young eurosceptic conservative party, an Alternative for Germany (AFD), which won 4.7% of the vote and came up just short of the five percent threshold for qualifying for representation in parliament .


A. Davydenko. Russia strengthens ties with its northern neighbors

From 2nd to 5th of December 2013, an official visit by a delegation of Russian senators took place, led by the chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matviyenko, to the countries of Northern Europe. The full program of the visit included meetings with leaders, heads of governments, and parliaments of Sweden, Finland and Norway.



A. Oganesyan. Ukraine – China: a "third alternative "?

If China actively involves itself in the geopolitical game in the "triangle" of Europe - Ukraine - China, Russia will have to deal with the new realities not only in Ukraine but also in the CIS countries.



Gilles Remy. European Union: a challenge for the creation of a Greater Europe?

The definition of a "Greater Europe" is still very unclear. De Gaulle saw this problem from a historical geographical viewpoint, believing that Europe stretches from the Atlantic to the Urals. But decades later, some minds are still wondering about whether Russia belongs to Europe.


S. Dolmatova. As a global idea, stable development could become the national ideology for post-Soviet Russia

A frequent phenomenon has been the criticism of the capitalist model in its neoliberal form, in contrast to the "zero", and especially during the 1990’s of the twentieth century, when it seemed that the topic was almost taboo in the mainstream of the highly informed and its political support.


N. Smirnov. "Soft power" of youth in action

From time immemorial young people have been the most receptive to new ideas, views, and concepts. For example, students who had received an education abroad often became the most effective agents in the politics and culture of the country where they had studied after returning home.



O. Hlestov.
The supremacy of international law in international and domestic relations. Russian international legal doctrine

Many events take place in the international arena on a constant basis. Some affect the interests of just a few countries or groups of countries, whilst others affect the interests of all the members of the world community. The latter includes the recognition of the rule of law at the national and international levels. With regard to international relations, then it is about recognizing the rule of international law in those relations.


V. Kotlyar. The war in Syria in the light of international law on the use of force by States in international relations

With the end of the Soviet Union, a new concept was born: so called "humanitarian intervention," according to which the U.S. and other NATO countries have tried to take upon themselves the right, at their sole discretion and bypassing the UN Security Council, to conduct military operations around the world under the pretext of  "humanitarian intervention ."



Archimandrite Makari.

The activities of Metropolitan Cardinal Isidore against a background of Byzantine, Old Russian, and Western – Latin politics

July 2014 marks the 575th anniversary of the Union of Florence. Metropolitan of Kiev and All Russia Isidore was an active participant in the cathedral in Florence.


V. Svetlichni. A short historical essay on Russian diplomatic representation in the Crimean Khanate

The year 2013 will mark the 250th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic representation of Russia in the Crimea. However, the history of the development of diplomatic relations between the Crimean Khanate and Russia is more than a century older.



B. Pyadyshev. When the past meets the future

A. Stepanov. Diplomacy as an academic discipline in Russian universities

V. Fyodorov. 100 years behind



An almost New Year’s fairytale, by Richard David North 

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