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13 december 2013

Will Nationalism Disappear in 100 years' time?

Victor Nadein-Raevsky PhD in Philosophy, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Science

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Nationalism, which during the Soviet Union period was defined in no other terms than a "relic of capitalism", remains a permanent feature of human society. New nations have emerged in new states, which not are only repeating the way of the "old" European nations, but also adding a Muslim twist on nationalist ideas of the past. At the same time the old pan-national movements that set out to establish enormous state entities are again on the rise. In the future, Russia is certain to serve as a battleground of ideas between the old and new nationalist movements.

27 june 2013

Issues of tolerance vis-à-vis migrants

Leokadia Drobizheva Doctor of History, Head of the Research Center of International Relations, RAS Institute of Sociology

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Any society comprised of different elements seeks integration, mutual understanding and consensus among the people who live within the boundaries of the country. Recent speeches by A. Merkel, D. Cameron, D. Medvedev and V. Putin about the policy of multiculturalism have once again proven that different countries are facing issues related migration. There is no doubt that these problems are of great relevance to our country, since public opinion towards migrants arriving in Russia is closely related to attitudes towards the old diasporic groups (Armenians, Georgians, and Azerbaijanis who have lived in the Russian Federation for a long time) and can be extrapolated to other nationalities.

20 december 2012

Rightwing Radicals in Europe: Will the Boiler Explode?

Alexander Tevdoy-Burmuli PhD in Political Science, Associate Professor, Chair of European Integration, MGIMO University

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In the 1990s and 2000s, European rightwing radicals became markedly more mainstream: with their operational range stretching from extremist crime to participation in governmental and parliamentary coalitions. Since the underlying factors in this Old World far-right remain intact, it seems an apposite moment to assess the potential limits on the expansion of this ideology. This article is an attempt to forecast the evolution dynamics of this rightwing phenomenon, and also suggests a typology of rightwing radical parties in view of their success within the political system.

17 september 2012

Search for Turkey’s new identity and foreign policy

Victor Nadein-Raevsky PhD in Philosophy, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Science

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Turkey’s traditional image as a NATO’s stronghold in the Eastern Mediterranean and as a loyal U.S. ally in the volatile Middle East region has long established itself in the eyes of politicians and commentators. However, dramatic changes in the world and in Turkey itself led to the transformation of the public consciousness of the Turks to a change in domestic political sentiment and, consequently, to a change in the vector of the country’s foreign policy. An important feature of these changes is their mutual influence: foreign policy events had an impact on the public sentiments in the country, while sentiments, change in values and priorities, in turn, forced the rulers to look for the country’s new place in the region and the world.

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