IIR in the media

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.
19.04.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Stagnation as strategy evident in Tillerson’s trip to Moscow
"The odds for any kind of breakthrough from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Russia were vanishingly low from the first. As it was, the political process proved as gridlocked at Moscow’s streets, as highway after highway was closed to accommodate VIP motorcades. This is not just a question of US-Russian relations, though: it also speaks to the Kremlin’s fundamental uncertainty as to what to do about a whole series of urgent concerns," comments Mark Galeotti on US Secretary of State's visit to Russia for IntelliNews Business New Europe.
10.04.2017 | Mark Galeotti
Terror in Russia and the West: A Need for Compassion
"Europe’s lights were dark for St. Petersburg’s tragedy. It was neither right, nor smart," wrote Mark Galeotti for Moscow Times in his analysis of Petersburg's terrorist attack.
07.04.2017 | Mark Galeotti
A Few Quick and First Thoughts on the US Airstrike on Syria
The use of chemical weapons against civilians cannot continue with impunity, but is a 50-missile strike the right response? Mark Galeotti answers this question at his blog, In Moscow's Shadows.

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