PIR Center Blog
Evgeny Buzhinskiy has listed three priority aspects of the strategic cooperation between Russia and the United States in an article for European Leadership Network. "First, we should aim to work together against international terrorism, first of all against Islamic State. Second, we should restart our strategic stability dialogue. Third, Russia and the United States should do their utmost to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons."
It will be a reset in US-Russian relations, no doubt now. Simply because US people voted for it. Don't take me wrong: Russia was the last thing they thought about when they went to vote. But the result is Cristal clear: There will be a reset in US dealing with the world. Unpredictable at times. Messy, quite frequently. But it will be a new, refreshing story, and it will affect Russia in this way.
I believe that the problems relating to chemical weapons, as we see today in Syria, could crop up in other parts of the world as well. Terrorists have demonstrated their interest in biological weapons in some parts of Africa. I think we should proceed to eliminate the gaps in international law and start drafting conventions for the suppression of acts of chemical and biological terrorism.
What we see in front of our eyes and what should be at the centre of our thinking is, in telepgraphic style, about the sources of power and influence and what stems from it, the world order. Most analysts have reason to conclude that watching world politics makes experts more and more disappointed and sceptical. Liberals and constructivists are spreading their views in think tanks and academia while the corridors of power, particularly in the leading powers of the world, are full of offensive structural realists. The spin doctors are there to package the message and create the impression that political actions backed by considerations of maximizing power and influence are actually underlined by noble considerations of moral high ground. The influence of think tanks and academia are more on the spin doctors than on those who take the decisions.
The 5th Moscow Conference on International Security has come to an end. I cannot agree with those distinguished experts and media representatives who are saying that in the last five years the Conference has gone stale, because – unlike at the Munich conference – Western political and military leadership was absent. Everything is exactly the other way round.