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Russia's Global Trade Agenda

Russia's Global Trade Agenda

The National Interest, 23 January 2013

Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization in 2012 marked its full and final acceptance into the international trade regime. For the United States and other WTO-member countries, the rewards of Russia’s entry are immediate; they now will receive increased access to the Russian market and will be able to rely on recognized rules and procedures to settle future trade disputes. Russia, in contrast, perhaps wisely remains much less sanguine about the benefits of joining the WTO, especially during the initial transition period.

Why Russia Won’t Help on Syria

Why Russia Won’t Help on Syria

The New York Times, 1 January 2013

Washington

WITH all the high-level diplomatic visits to Moscow and accompanying news headlines, a casual observer might easily conclude that Russia holds the key to resolving the Syrian crisis.

The Frivolous U.S.-Russian Relationship

The Frivolous U.S.-Russian Relationship

The National Interest, 31 December 2012

The conventional account of what’s happening in U.S.-Russian relations these days goes something like this: Some Americans, notably Maryland’s Democratic Senator Benjamin Cardin, were outraged when a Russian lawyer named Sergei Magnitsky was arrested on what appeared to be trumped up charges and then died in police custody. It seemed to be all too typical of Russian human rights abuses, and Cardin pushed for legislation to sanction Russians involved in such abuses by denying them entrance to the United States and use of its banking system.

Is Russia Changing Its Relationship With Syria?

Is Russia Changing Its Relationship With Syria?

NPR, 4 December 2012

George Mason University professor Mark Katz is an expert on Russia's role in the Middle East. Russia is the Syrian government's main arms supplier. Professor Katz talks to David Greene about whether Russia's support for Damascus is flagging as the Syrian military continues to battle opposition rebels

China's strategic focus with Russia, an opportunity for Asia

China's strategic focus with Russia, an opportunity for Asia

Pravda, 4 December 2012

With global political scenarios changing with a rapid pace, China has been high on its heels in pursuit of increasing influence in the region. The amount of recent investment by Beijing on military and naval technology is more than what it used to be in the past. With successful inauguration of its first major aircraft carrier, it seems China wants to flex its wings more than ever in order to improvise on the power vacuum that the world is currently facing due to a series of ongoing wars and conflicts.

Will Russia offer anything new during G20 presidency?

Will Russia offer anything new during G20 presidency?

Pravda, 6 December 2012

Russia has become the presiding state of the Group of Twenty (G20) during a crucial period of development of the world in terms of both geopolitics and economics. The globalized world redistributes spheres of influence and offers several strategies to overcome the crisis. Will Russia be able to offer a new one?

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