Russia

The first Trump-Putin summit: a turning point with many question marks

The July 16th Helsinki summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will be a turning point in American political history and US-Russia relations. However, whether the effect on Russia in the long term will be positive or negative is now even more unclear as both leaders pledged greater short-term cooperation...

Engaging Russia: a gamble and its limits

The first summit between the leaders of Russia and the United States produced very little tangible news. Still, it ignited an emotional storm that reflected polarized perceptions of the world by American and Russian elites. These divergent worldviews are the real cause of the crisis in the countries’ bilateral relations...

A Russian conservative view of Putin: interview with Alexander Dugin

After the splash of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, U.S. President Donald Trump is now ready for another step in his disruptive diplomacy, a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Pursuing Realistic US Goals at the Helsinki Summit

The summit meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16 offers an important opportunity to repair the badly damaged relationship between Russia and the United States. A successful outcome would be beneficial to European nations as well, since it could substantially reduce overall East-West tensions...

Rent control: Russia’s state oil and gas firms

Oil and gas lie at the heart of Russia’s elaborate system of patronage structuring its politics and economy. Vladimir Putin and the current regime rely heavily on oil and gas tax revenues to finance state spending as well as oil and gas companies to provide billions of dollars’ worth of contracts to friends and supporters of the Kremlin...

L’Iran verso l’orbita di Cina e Russia: un nuovo triangolo energetico

La decisione di Donald Trump di uscire dall'accordo sul nucleare iraniano ha agitato i mercati petroliferi provocando un prevedibile aumento delle quotazioni, da un livello già "tirato" dai tagli alla produzione voluti dall'Opec e dalla Russia...

The reasons behind nuclear weapons’ revival

In recent years, the issue of nuclear weapons has received greater attention because of developments concerning Russia, Iran, North Korea, and possibly Saudi Arabia...

Will Putin 4.0 look to the Eurasian Economic Union?

As Vladimir Putin enters what seems likely to be his final term as president of the Russian Federation, there’s a sense that domestic politics will figure more prominently than the emphasis on foreign policy that defined much of the last five years...

Vladimir Putin and his legacy project

Now that Vladimir Putin has won his fourth presidential mandate to little surprise, two dates will determine the long-time leader’s intentions for the near future of Russia and for Putin’s personal legacy...

Boris Nemtsov, il memoriale e le uccisioni politiche nella Russia di Putin

La notte del 27 febbraio 2015 Boris Nemtsov, all'epoca uno degli oppositori più in vista del presidente russo Vladimir Putin, non prese la solita strada per tornare a casa...