IIR in the media

28.06.2017 | Petr Kratochvíl
China's 16+1 foray into Central and Eastern Europe
Half a decade after it was launched, the network of cooperation between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries has brought uneven economical and political fruits so far. Petr Kratochvíl commented on the developments regarding the 16+1 cooperation in an interview for EUobserver.
13.06.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Life after Putin becomes debatable
"This Thursday, Vladimir Putin holds one of his trademark ‘Direct Line’ television spectaculars, an annual marathon at which he answers (carefully-curated) questions from the Russian public. In part, this is a symbolic act, the tsar speaking directly to his people, and in part an unashamedly political one, a reaffirmation of his effortless control of the system. It comes at a time when, despite Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption campaign and rumblings from the impoverished masses, he seems unassailable as he prepares for another coronation in the 2018 presidential elections. So why is there now so much more talk about life after Putin?" asks Mark Galeotti in his newest piece for IntelliNews Business New Europe.
12.06.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Zolotov's Army
Mark Galeotti, as co-host of the Power Vertical Podcast discussed the Russian National Guard, its controversial leader, how they fit into the constellation of Russia's security services, and what we should expect from them.
12.06.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Putin's message: make Russia great again
Is Russia a superpower or a house of cards? This was the subject of a debate organised by RaamopRusland in De Balie in Amsterdam and attended by our security expert Mark Galeotti. According to him, it is neither. In his opinion Putin is just 'agressively offensively defensive', trying to protect a weak state by using the flaws of the West. Even before Trump he was trying 'to make Russia great again'.
01.06.2017 | Mark Galeotti
The US-Russian “axis of emptiness”
What does it say when the biggest story to come out of a meeting between the president of the US and the Russian foreign minister is a spat over whether a Russian photographer should have been allowed into the Oval Office? That, at present, the relationship between Moscow and Washington is more about optics and unwarranted optimism than any real substance, writes Mark Galeotti in his recent analysis for IntelliNews Business New Europe .
29.05.2017 | Mark Galeotti
On shaky ground: Russia’s FSB vs migrant radicalisation
"Scrambling to address the growing threat of Islamist terrorism from Central Asia, Russia’s security apparatus is forced to depend on questionable foreign intelligence services?" writes Mark Galeotti in his analysis for openDemocracy.
24.05.2017 | Benjamin Tallis
Hard lessons from the Manchester attack
A personal reflection of Benjamin Tallis in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack.
15.05.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Russian intelligence is at (political) war
"It is inevitable and understandable that we rely on mirror-imaging when looking at Russia’s security and intelligence services. The problem is that – however much there may appear to be meaningful comparisons on paper – in terms of their missions, interactions and mindsets, they are on a wartime footing," writes Mark Galeotti in his analysis for NATO Review.
10.05.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti in DVTV
In the '90s, we were blind to the process of growing democracy restriction in Russia because Boris Yeltsin was "our fellow", and we didn't want the communists to win. After that we were overlooking what Vladimir Putin did in Chechnya because he was our ally in the War on Terror. We are thus paying for our past mistakes now, says Mark Galeotti in his interview for the Czech internet video channel DVTV. According to him, one of the biggest dangers for authoritarian regimes is hope.
26.04.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Adding spooks to companies creates stagnation
"Russia is now a mobilisation state, where everything from business to the arts can be dragooned to the Kremlin’s cause when it so wills. There is a particular connection between the world of business and the security agencies, with officers being seconded to companies, and corporations getting assistance from the spies. Rather than protecting national champions, though, this is actually encouraging inefficiency and stagnation," writes Mark Galeotti in his latest analysis for IntelliNews Business New Europe.


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