IIR in the media

12.11.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Brave New World
"How will the election of Donald Trump change the geopolitical equation in the post-Soviet space?" That is the question our senior research fellow Mark Galeotti tried to answer at RFE/RL Power Vertical podcast together with Natalia Churikova, managing editor of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service and host of the program European Connect.
10.11.2016 | Petr Kratochvíl
Prague hoping Trump's NATO comments are just campaign rhetoric
How does the Czech foreign policy community view Mr. Trump's suggestion on the campaign trail that the US might not necessarily honour NATO's key Article 5 and come to the defence of another member if it were attacked? Ian Willoughby from Radio Prague posed this question to Petr Kratochvíl, the Director of our Institute. Furthermore Petr Kratochvíl elaborated on Trump's perceived positive attitude toward Russia and Vladimir Putin, and on whether that should be a cause of concern to Czechs and other peoples in the Central and East European region. He also commented on whether Trump's win provides a kind of boost to anti-establishment politicians around Europe and the Czech Republic.
08.11.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Warsaw's window on Western fears about Russia
The annual Warsaw Security Forum brings together a motley and influential array of scholars and journalists, ex-presidents and serving ministers, soldiers and arms dealers, in what is not only one of the largest and more interesting of such gatherings around, but also one with a distinct Central European flavour. This year’s, the largest yet, was suffused with serious concerns about a moral and political crisis in the West and a Russian challenge that takes fullest example of this – and yet a distinct absence of any clear, strategic responses, or perhaps a reluctance to acknowledge what they are. Nonetheless, in the process the forum presented one of the best pictures yet of the dilemmas facing the West. What did this picture look like? Mark Galeotti tried to depict that in his article for bne IntelliNews.
08.11.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Homo Putinicus
Can you define a nation in a law? Vladimir Putin seems to think you can and in advance of National Unity Day called on Russian lawmakers to do so. What is behind the Kremlin leader's call for such legislation?Is it an appeal to civic patriotism? Is it a message to ethnic minorities that they need to assimilate into a larger Russian whole? Or is it an attempt to create a modern version of Homo Sovieticus, the new Soviet man? Mark Galeotti, our Seniror Researcher, was focusing on these questions together with Moscow-based journalist Anna Arutunyan, author of the book The Putin Mystique: Inside Russia's Power Cult as a guest of The Power Vertical Podcast.
31.10.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Will The West Hack Back?
Mark Galeotti was a guest of RFE/RL Power Vertical podcast discussing if, after a series of what was believed to be Russian-backed hacking attacks the West may be prepared to launch retaliatory cyberstrikes against Moscow.
24.10.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Aleppo is paying for Russia’s imagined global threat
"Russia's brutality in Aleppo reflects Moscow’s perspective on warfighting, its military capabilities, and its sense of threat," writes Mark Galeotti in his commentary for European Council on Foreign Relations.
Central Europe Does Not Need Saving
Benjamin Tallis and Jakub Eberle have a piece in Politico on why Central Europe doesn't need saving from outside (as some claim) but instead that we who live in the region have to take responsibility.
27.09.2016 | Mark Galeotti
New KGB' plans betray Putin's anxiety
There have been periodic suggestions that the Kremlin plans to bring the majority of the country’s intelligence and security services back into a single agency, effectively reconstituting the Soviet KGB. Vladimir Putin, himself a proud veteran of that agency, has hitherto resisted the idea, but a report in the well-connected newspaper Kommersant is claiming that a new Ministry of State Security (MGB) is to soon be formed. Mark Galeotti in his commentary for the European Council on Foreign Relations asks what would happen, if the rumors were true.
Georgian Parliamentary Election 2016. Parties under pressure
On October 8th 2016, Georgia will hold its eighth parliamentary election since declaring independence in 1991. This parliamentary election is critical to maintaining a "routinisation" of democratic practices in a country that just a few decades ago was under authoritarian rule. Melanie Melanie Mierzejewski-Voznyak, Associate Researcher of the Institute of International Relations Prague, comments for New Eastern Europe on these elections.
15.09.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Russians can make a difference in Sunday’s elections: by staying at home
"On September 18 Russia goes to the polls to elect the 450 deputies of the State Duma, the lower house of legislature. In the past, Duma elections have been characterised by vote rigging on an industrial scale, and although we are likely to see less of that this time, the system has been organized to make sure the Kremlin continues to dominate parliament. But that doesn’t mean that ordinary Russians can’t do anything to register their dissatisfaction with current policy or even to deliver a blow against Vladimir Putin. Their most powerful weapon is simply not to turn up," writes Mark Galeotti for bne IntelliNews.

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