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US President Barack Obama has been busy on his hectic trip to Europe, holding head-to-head talks with a range of national leaders and even, briefly, meeting Vladimir Putin. His talks in Warsaw were particularly significant, as they reflect the strategic and economic importance of Poland to the US and its allies in the wake of Russia’s seizure of Ukraine. His clear ...
Tensions are rising rapidly in Ukraine’s east. Russia is changing the reality on the ground despite talks scheduled to take place in Geneva on April 17, 2014, between Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU - the first four-way discussions since the crisis began. Kiev has rejected Russian pressure to turn Ukraine into a loose federation. However, the first casualties in...
There is just one Russian university in the list of the world’s top 300. The collapse of funding for higher education has removed Russia from the global exchange of ideas, and its share of world trade in high-tech products stands at about one quarter of one per cent. With China and India cashing in on investments in developing brain power, Moscow faces the grim out...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
As Vladimir Putin sweeps back to the Kremlin to reclaim Russia’s presidential seat, he has set, high on his agenda, his plans for a Eurasian Union. His vision is a Moscow-led powerhouse making Russia a major world player alongside the United States, the European Union and Asia. But is this simply political posturing to keep Russia’s neighbours in check, or can Mosc...