Russia’s Politics of Culture: Amusing Stories From the Past?

October 12, 2014

Resurgent Russian nationalism seems to be taking on distinct Soviet undertones. It is difficult to put a finger on the exact time when Vladimir Putin began to feel an inextricable connection to Russia’s historic destiny. Calling on Tsarist thinkers like Nilokai Berdyayev or Pyotr Stolypin,...

Solving the Crimean Crisis: A Ukrainian Federation?

March 07, 2014

A federal Ukraine might be the only way to resolve the current crisis in Crimea. This past week has presented us with a new reality — a strong and assertive Russia confronting a weak and divided West in what some observers have already labeled "Cold War II." Cold it is, but for how long? There...

International Sanctions and the Asian-Iranian Economic Dialogue (Part 1/2)

August 21, 2013

Economic relations between Iran and its Asian partners might be limited, but are never completely cut. This is the first of a two part series. There are no doubts that international economic sanctions imposed on Iran remain one of the main factors shaping Tehran’s dialogue with the rest of...