The Anti-Russian Day of Wrath in Tokyo: What Lies Behind?

Experts of the Masterforex-V Trading Academy point out that Japan is supported by the US on the issue of Kuril Islands

// Feb. 11, 2011 - 13:35 GMT


Oil and ice: petroleum extraction in Antarctica

This year marks the 50th year of the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) – the international body charged with maintaining the ecological and political sanctity of the Antarctic continent. Up to now the overall body has presented as a remarkable achievement, especially when one considers that the institution has managed to not only negotiate the elevated tensions of the Cold War but also the global uncertainty that emerged following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

// Sep. 06, 2010 - 12:37 GMT


Thomas Gomart: new European security treaty – there is more than one initiative

RIA Novosti interview with Thomas Gomart, Director of the Russia/ Newly Independent States Centre at IFRI (French Institute of International Relations based in Paris and Brussels).

// Jun. 03, 2010 - 14:30 GMT


A nuclear-free world? Not in 2010

The Pentagon is said to be against reducing the overall U.S. nuclear arsenal any lower than whatever is agreed to in the ongoing negotiations with the Russians for a follow-on to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

// Dec. 14, 2009 - 16:40 GMT


Global Economic Crisis Is Personal for Russians

Gallup's survey, conducted in April through June, shows Russians' confidence in their nation's economy faltered as it entered recession this year accompanied by unemployment and inflation. Reflecting on their own communities and themselves, Russians' optimism about the local job market, their personal standard of living, and the local economy — three of four items that make up the index – withered to less than half of last year's levels.

// Dec. 14, 2009 - 16:38 GMT


Russia and US in secret talks to fight net crime

American officials have been holding secret talks with Russia and the United Nations in an attempt to strengthen internet security and rein in the growing threat of cyberwarfare. The effort, first reported in the New York Times, is a virtual version of the nuclear arms talks being held between the two nations in Geneva but rather than focusing on bombs and missiles, the discussions are aimed at curbing the increasing level of attacks taking place online. </p>

// Dec. 14, 2009 - 16:34 GMT


Russia`s Military Doctrine: Nukes as Most Weighty Argument in Strategic Deterrence

The latest doctrine differs from its previous versions. It mentions those external and internal threats that had not been taken into consideration before, including a war for energy resources, the proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction, international terrorism, territorial claims, ethnic conflicts and separatism. The new doctrine also pays attention to the use of high-precision weapons, unmanned aircraft, autonomous underwater vehicles, biocybernetic system, e.t.c. What is especially important about Russia`s new military doctrine is that it allows to use nuclear weapons to repel aggression if an enemy applies conventional weapons in a large-scale war. If the national security happens to face a serious threat, Russia does not rule out a possibility of a nuclear attack, including a preemptive one, against an aggressor in either large-scale or regional war. Actually, we see that Russia has lowered a threshold of nuclear deterrence.

// Dec. 14, 2009 - 16:31 GMT


Problem to combat

The Russia/Ukraine crisis prompted another round of initiatives in the European Union, designed to bolster the regions energy security. The moves echo similar plans around the world, from the US support for ethanol and other alternatives to oil, to attempts by China and India to tie up oil and gas reserves. </p>

// Dec. 03, 2009 - 15:56 GMT


EUISS: The Obama Moment

EU and US Russia policies have different main drivers. In his chapter on this topic, Andrew Kuchins writes that in their conduct of policy towards Russia the United States are principally driven by three goals: (i) the heightened urgency of resolving the Iranian nuclear question; (ii) the need for additional transport routes into Afghanistan to support a larger US military presence; and (iii) a return to a more multilateral approach to ensuring nuclear security and strengthening the nonproliferation regime.

// Dec. 03, 2009 - 15:38 GMT


European security treaty

A draft treaty on European security prepared by Russia allows signatory states to provide military assistance to each other.

// Nov. 30, 2009 - 15:31 GMT