Eastern Europe / Opinion

STOLYPIN: Russia has no grand plans, but lots of ‘adhocrats’

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague January 18, 2017

The hollowing out of state institutions have left Russia in the hands of what we can call ‘adhocrats’ – agents of the Kremlin who may come from the civil service or business, and operate fluidly across traditional roles as needs dictate.

COMMENT: A China-Russia free trade deal is still many years away

Jeff Schubert of the International Center for Eurasian Research January 17, 2017

After a slow start it seems that research is underway for the proposed China-Russia FTA. But despite political will at the leadership level, the negotiations will not be easy, will take much time and may ultimately not succeed.

COLCHIS: Nato’s return on investment

Michael Cecire of New America January 6, 2017

Trump appears to have little sense of Nato’s history or purpose. It was formed not merely as a military bulwark against an aggressive Soviet Russia, but as part of a positive agenda to secure and expand a liberal, democratic space.

FILM REVIEW: “Zero Days” by expose veteran Gibney is a must-see study of cyber-warfare

Vadim Dumesh in Paris January 5, 2017

“Zero Days”, the latest documentary by Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney, makes a chilling and urgent claim that the cyber domain has become an as-yet unregulated fourth dimension of warfare.

INVISIBLE HAND: Trump’s impact on the world will be dramatic

Liam Halligan in London January 3, 2017

Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election is often characterized as a surprise. The rural and semi-urban swing-voters who backed him are probably also right to suspect that many of Trump’s campaign pledges won’t actually come to pass.

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