Articles by Fyodor Lukyanov



Can Russia and the West Cooperate in Syria? (Op-Ed)

Russia and the U.S. are deeply distrustful of one another right now. And yet both agree that the Islamic State is pure evil and that a united front is needed to combat it. Then why isn't one taking shape?

How Russia Can Learn From Helsinki (Op-Ed)

When Russia thinks of the Helsinki act, it should take into consideration the lessons the West was ready to impart then, and seems to have forgotten today, writes columnist Fyodor Lukyanov.

Rethinking Global Diplomacy (Op-Ed)

The time may have come to rethink our views on diplomatic and political initiatives, writes columnist Fyodor Lukyanov.

Russia Must Exploit Its Pivot East (Op-Ed)

The documents that President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed in May form the basis of a truly strategic partnership, writes columnist Fyodor Lukyanov.

U.S. and Russia Back to Cold War Diplomacy

Some observers have concluded that the recent Moscow visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland signals a warming in U.S.-Russian relations. However, not all communications between states have the goal of reaching agreement on something.

Putin Wants Peaceful Coexistence With the West

The latest live call-in show in which President Vladimir Putin answered questions from ordinary Russians did not have any sensational high points, but it was an important indicator of the leader's mood.

Crimea Is the Final Nail in the Soviet Union's Coffin

The takeover of Crimea has put a definitive end to the Soviet state, writes columnist Fyodor Lukyanov.

Post-Cold War Order Is Breaking Down

The new world order that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union is breaking down, writes columnist Fyodor Lukyanov.

2015 Promises Bad News for Russia

2015 will bring many challenges globally and Russian leaders will have to figure out a way to face up to these challenges, writes columnist Fyodor Lukyanov.

Future Isn't Bright for EU-Russian Relationship

The South Stream project's cancellation, which President Vladimir Putin announced during his recent visit to Turkey, caused a great deal of surprise in Europe.

Icy Silence: The Future of U.S.-Russian Relations

Putin and Obama have nothing to discuss and U.S.-Russian relations are their lowest point since the Cold War. This is not a temporary anomaly, but will continue long into the future, writes columnist Fyodor Lukyanov.

Russia's Control of Business Is Now a Global Trend

Current events in both Russia and the U.S. illustrate the worldwide trend of states beginning to disregard business interests and forcing them to toe the political line, writes columnist Fyodor Lukyanov.

Russia Has No Way Back From Sanctions War

The tit-for-tat sanctions war between Russia and the West marks a turning point in Russian history and Putin's very political survival is at stake, writes columnist Fyodor Lukyanov.

Battle Against West Gives Russia New Purpose

It is commonly held that events in Ukraine have breathed new life into NATO, reinvigorating it with a sense of external threat. But the flip side of that is also true.

Putin Has Stumbled in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin succeeded in achieving the goals he set 15 years ago, but the time has come to set new ones, writes columnist Fyodor Lukyanov.

Russia Must Regain Crimea's Lost Momentum

The Ukrainian crisis has been raging for four months. What has Russia gained and lost in that time?

Putin's Ukraine Gambit Paying Off

All of the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine have been motivated by its deep-set fear that Ukraine's "Orange Revolution" fever might infect Russia, writes columnist Fyodor Lukyanov.

Don't Expect Reset 2.0 During Obama's 2nd Term

U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election in November generated hope for progress in U.S.-Russian relations. Only two months later, not a trace of that hope remains.

Remembering the Nuclear Red Line

The Cuban missile crisis drew a red line that neither superpower was willing to cross. Let's hope the world's new nuclear powers observe this line.

Kremlin's Imperial Ambitions Ended in 2010

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. One of the most important results became apparent in 2010: Russia made a psychological break with its past and its former status as an empire.

Building a Greater Europe

Greater Europe is at a crossroads. Twenty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, it remains divided, unable to unify into a global force. Each of the three parts of Greater Europe Russia, the European Union and the countries between them is in crisis.

Paving the Way for Visa-Free Regime With EU

The economic crisis and Russia's modernization drive are offering incentives for establishing the long-discussed visa-free regime between Russia and the EU. But a breakthrough will only come when the EU grants visa-free status via mutual agreement, not as a reward for good behavior.

Top 10 Events Shaping Russias Foreign Policy

Increased tensions with Belarus, the Katyn commemoration and the EU's economic crisis are just some of the developments changing Russia's relations with the globe, says the editor of Russia in Global Affairs.

Russias Zone of Responsibility

It once seemed that world powers would fight over former Soviet Union territory. But now they are too preoccupied with their own problems to assist the onetime republics. Can Russia rise to the occasion and the responsibility?

Going From Putins Frown to Medvedevs Smile

In its just-released policy document, the Foreign Ministry seemed to be liberalizing its approach to the West. That approach really is shifting, because Russia is now using a rewards mindset.

Gorbachevs Abandoned European Home

During the past 20 years, we didnt witness the unification of Europe, but the continual shift of its borders to the east.

NATO Caught Between Russia and the World

Moscow is concerned that NATO will transform itself into a global force operating outside its traditional theater.

The Well of Soviet Nostalgia Is Running Dry

Up until now, the authorities tried to tap into the cultural and mythological legacy of the Soviet era, but most of this inheritance has been sapped dry.

Tapping Into Wests Modernization Reservoir

President Medvedev aims to utilize the intellectual capital of the West to boost technological and economic modernization.

Gorbachev Is the Last 20th-Century Wilsonian

Like former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson during World War I, Gorbachev believed in new thinking in the name of global harmony.