Europe/Russia

In Russia, a mandate for stagnation

Mar 22, 2018
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On 18 March 2018, with 77% of the vote, Vladimir Putin won his fourth election and a new six-year term as President of Russia. Now what? The following are extracts of an analysis by Andrei Kolesnikov, the Head of the Domestic Politics and Political Institutions program at the Carnegie Moscow Centre. The full report can be found at http://carnegie.ru/commentary/75859 How do

Highs and Lows: Russia’s Foreign Policy at the start of 2018

Feb 12, 2018
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The Vimy Report

The following are excerpts from an article by Dmitri Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Centre, posted on 2 February 2018. The full article can be read at http://carnegie.ru/commentary/75425 The year 2017 brought Russian foreign policy both major successes and bitter disappointments. One clear accomplishment has been the completion of the main phase of the military operation in Syria. Russia did

The warped reality of a Serbian mass murderer

Dec 06, 2017
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Sam Hanson

Editor’s note: In the article which follows, Canadian ambassador Sam Hanson reflects on the aftermath of the massacre of civilians at Srebrenica during the Bosnian civil war of 1992-1995. The 1990s were one of the most politically complex and murderous periods in the history of the Balkans, and a full sorting through of who was doing what to who is

The Trump-Putin meeting: A Russian analysis

Jul 24, 2017
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Paul H. Chapin

The following is an excerpt from a commentary by Alexander Baunov, an analyst at Carnegie Moscow Centre, entitled “Making the Best of a No-Win Encounter” posted 13 July 2017.    Expectations of the first meeting between presidents Putin and Trump were low, and the U.S. president stood to lose out however the encounter went. But any agreement to manage the

Britain outlines its negotiating objectives for Brexit

Jan 24, 2017
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Vimy Intel Team

On 17 January 2017, the British government outlined its objectives for the Brexit negotiations which are expected to start in March. In doing so, Prime Minister Theresa May signalled the most dramatic turn in the direction of UK foreign policy in decades, comparable to the 1947 decision to draw down Britain’s military presence “East of Suez” and the 1973 decision

Why on earth is Canada sending troops to Latvia?

Jul 17, 2016
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The Vimy Report

At the NATO Summit in Warsaw last week, the leaders of the Western alliance finally decided that it was time to do something serious to deter Russia from further intimidating the eastern flank allies. Under Poland’s leadership, the East European members had agitated strenuously for NATO to permanently station troops there to defend their borders with Russia. It was a

Signalling a new direction: Theresa May’s first speech

Jul 17, 2016
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Vimy Intel Team

Following is the text of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s first speech: I have just been to Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a new government, and I accepted. In David Cameron, I follow in the footsteps of a great, modern Prime Minister. Under David’s leadership, the Government stabilised the economy, reduced the budget deficit,

Watch out. The British are coming.

Jul 17, 2016
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The Vimy Report

There is a new government in Britain, and it looks to be one of the most formidable the British have produced in a long time. With a new President of the United States to be elected in November, and both the President of France and the Chancellor Of Germany up for re-election in 2017, leadership of the Western democracies could

What happens after the Brexit vote?

Jun 22, 2016
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The Vimy Report

On the Thursday, 23 June 2016, Britain will hold a referendum on whether it should exit the European Union (Brexit). On the outcome depends Britain’s future relations with continental Europe. The question to be answered is: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? The options on the referendum ballot will be:

Why has Putin just created his own private army?

Apr 19, 2016
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Vimy Intel Team

Earlier this month, President Putin announced he was creating a new “national guard”. It would draw forces from existing organizations, particularly from the Interior Ministry, and would be responsible for combating terrorism and organized crime. There’s obviously more to it than that, however. First, there’s no apparent need for another force to combat terrorism and organized crime, given that such