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What You Should Know About the Russian-Chinese Energy Deal

What You Should Know About the Russian-Chinese Energy Deal

By Binoy Kampmark, Lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne
Location Australia Australia

The Russian-Chinese energy deal concluded on May 21 has been treated as an ominous development for various powerhouses of the West. Over the course of 30 years, the $400 billion deal will involve piping natural gas from Russia’s Far East to China. Students of the energy markets are thrilled and troubled in equal measure, seeing links in the deal venturing as far as Ukraine’s crisis, and the broader implications of global supply and consumption. There […]

June 1, 2014 · 1 comment · Business, China, Economics, Russia
Will Sanctions on Russia cause Backlash to the Global Economy?

Will Sanctions on Russia cause Backlash to the Global Economy?

By Kaiyu Li, Graduate Student in International Relations at NYU
Location United States United States

Russia’s $2 trillion GDP could shrink by 1.8 percent if the West imposes more sanctions. On Apr 28, the US and EU imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia, as President Obama put it, “the goal is not to go after Mr. Putin personally, but to change his calculus.” The sanctions are aimed at 17 banks, energy companies, investment accounts and other firms controlled by four billionaires, who are viewed as part of President […]

May 1, 2014 · 0 comments · Business, Economics, Russia
America Should Send Weapons and Military Advisors to Ukraine

America Should Send Weapons and Military Advisors to Ukraine

By Gabriel Glickman, Doctoral Candidate in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College London
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

The White House has misread the situation in Ukraine and strong conservative values call for resolute action in the face of a direct challenge from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Democratic revolutions do not work. This is a simple history lesson that is endowed with the timelessness of having been reaffirmed by recent upheavals in the Middle East (think Tunisia and Egypt). Essential questions come to the fore that should give reasonable pause to any senior officials involved in foreign […]

April 26, 2014 · 1 comment · Politics, Russia, Ukraine, United States
Russia as a New Entrant to the WTO

Russia as a New Entrant to the WTO

By Romi Jain, Vice President of the Indian Journal of Asian Affairs
Location India India

Russia has faced trade disputes with the European Union since its accession to the World Trade Organization in August 2012. Alexei Ulyukaev, Russia’s Minister of Economic Development, recently hinted at the possibility of filing lawsuits against the United States in the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the sanctions imposed on Russian banks in the wake of annexation of Crimea. Be that as it may, it could be another manifestation of the spreading out of the chessboard of […]

April 26, 2014 · 0 comments · Business, Economics, Russia
Crimean Tatars Fear Russia Following ‘Kosovo Precedent’

Crimean Tatars Fear Russia Following ‘Kosovo Precedent’

By Jie Zhan, Graduate Student in International Relations at New York University
Location United States United States

We should address the Crimean crisis in a way that protects international norms without compromising the interests of each side. On March 16, 97 percent of the Crimean population voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, which really worried the 300,000 Muslim Crimean Tatars that only constitute 12 percent of the Crimean population, in contrast to 58 percent of ethnic Russians. They were once the majority in Crimea until 1944 when Soviet leader Joseph Stalin […]

The Crimean Referendum: Straining Relations Between Russia and the West

The Crimean Referendum: Straining Relations Between Russia and the West

By Catherine Lefèvre, Co-founder of Global Public Policy Watch
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

While the Russian intervention might have seemed extreme, the majority of Crimeans welcomed the move with many seeing the Russians as protectors from the chaos in Ukraine. On March 16, 2014, Crimeans voted to join Russia in a referendum that was supported by Russia and denounced as illegitimate by Western powers and Ukraine. The Ukrainian government said that the outcome of the referendum would not be recognized, with Oleksandr Turchynov, Ukraine’s interim president, labeling the referendum as […]

March 17, 2014 · 0 comments · Politics, Russia, Ukraine
Is Karzai Following Putin or Yeltsin?

Is Karzai Following Putin or Yeltsin?

By Ahmad Hasib Farhan, Afghan Analyst and Commentator
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

Is Afghan President Hamid Karzai taking his country in the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin or former President Boris Yeltsin? 2014 is considered a life changing year in Afghanistan. The international security forces will withdraw by the end of this year and the Afghan popular election will take place in April. The upcoming elections are very crucial for the future stability and peace in the country. This will be the first time in Afghan […]

March 17, 2014 · 1 comment · Afghanistan, Politics, Russia