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More than the United States, China and certainly Europe, Russia pins its ambitions on diplomacy. The government needs diplomatic successes to bolster its position at home as much as its standing abroad. Over the past 25 years, foreign policy has served Russia’s bid to become again a great European power – commensurate with its size, resources and tradition – and ev...
Dr. Uwe Nerlich
Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict has fundamentally altered its stand-off with the United States and Europe. Until Russia launched its first air strikes in Syria on September 30, the crisis in Ukraine was near the top of the international agenda. At the time, some still feared an escalation of the military conflict, or that Russia and Nato could sleepwalk int...
Professor Stefan Hedlund