What on earth is a Russian ‘country-civilization’?

Anton Barbashin on how Moscow is again trying to come up with new and nebulous euphemisms to justify imperial control

Russia’s Inflated Africa Strategy

Anton Barbashin delves into how Russia’s ambitions for Africa far outpace its capacity for concrete cooperation

The mixed signals of Xi in Moscow

Anton Barbashin sifts through some of the vague and conflicting expert interpretations of Xi Jinping’s wartime trip to Russia

Putin in the Donbass

Anton Barbashin on how the 21st of February marks another crossed rubicon of Russian history

Too proud to pull back? Russia’s Ukraine dilemma

Anton Barbashin argues that Russia’s top foreign policy thinkers are split between moderate attitudes of ‘quit while you’re ahead' and hawkish views calling for further brinkmanship

The drumroll for European security

Anton Barbashin looks at what the Putin-Biden e-meeting has achieved for Ukraine, Russia and NATO

Will Russia march into Ukraine (again)?

Anton Barbashin looks into what’s motivating Russian military activity along the Ukrainian border

The G7 In Biarritz: Warmer to Russia, Colder to China

Anton Barbashin digests the reaction of Russian experts to the recent G7 summit in Biarritz, taking stock of Macron’s talk of better ties with Russia as a thinly veiled means to forestall a rising China

One Of Russia’s Top Foreign Policy Analysts Turns Inwards, With Warnings Of Revolution

Anton Barbashin reviews Sergei Karaganov’s latest piece on the recent spate of protests in Moscow

Waiting for Multipolarity

Russian foreign policy 5 years since Crimea

Russia-West in 2028: Counter Terrorism as a Path to Rapprochement?

America’s Russian Speaking President

Donald Trump’s words and actions show scant commitment to the ideas that bind the West. The American President is instead embracing a distinctly Russian lexicon and world view: That of an amoral, multipolar world defined by raw strength.

Ivan Ilyin: A Fashionable Fascist

By approving of Ivan Ilyin’s philosophy, the Russian state is effectively sugar coating a holder of bitterly fascist views

Nations of the post-Soviet space: 25 years apart

The disintegration of the empire still goes on

Expensive Dreams of Great Power Status

For Russian foreign policy strategists, the economy is neither so important, nor comprehensible