September 2016

The Russian World in Moscow’s Strategy

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Moscow’s efforts to strengthen its influence in Eurasia continue to cause anxiety in the states along Russia’s periphery, in Europe, and in the United States. Russia’s capacity to engage Russian compatriots is widely perceived as one of the main instruments of Moscow’s influence in the region and a tool to recreate Russia’s great power status. A closer investigation of Russia’s policy reveals, however, that short-term tactical gains are offset by serious, damaging long-term costs, not the least of which is a diminishment of the efficacy of the compatriots’ policy as a foreign policy tool. Yet the narrative of a Russian World has become a major factor in the development of Russia’s post-Soviet national identity and its engagement with the Eurasian geopolitical landscape.

100 Postulates on Russia–India Relations

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By Igor Denisov

By 2016, Russia found itself in a completely new foreign policy reality. Both external and internal factors have brought the country into a difficult economic situation, and negative trends in Russia’s relations with the West have defined the task of qualitatively diversifying external ties. The main focus of this re-orientation is on Russia’s strategic partners in Asia, above all China. As Russia’s new Asian policy takes on greater conceptual depth, new outlines of Russia’s interaction with Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries also take shape. And it is only with regard to India that comparable foreign policy steps have not been taken.

NATO Secretary General praises Germany’s contributions to the Alliance

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the recent German White Paper on Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr – including the German government’s commitment to participate even more in shaping international security – in an address to Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) parliamentarians in the Bundestag on Friday (2 September 2016). He outlined how NATO is responding to challenges from the east and the south of the Alliance, stressing the importance of closer cooperation between NATO and the European Union.

Merkel under pressure after far-right gains in state election

By Fabien Jannic-Cherbonnel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel this Monday vowed to "win back trust" of voters over the handling of the migrant crisis after her party lost votes to the Action for Germany (AfD) party in a state election. The far-right party clinched almost 21 percent of the vote in the regional parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state on Sunday.