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Crimea stand gives Putin’s popularity a boost

Crimea stand gives Putin’s popularity a boost

RUSSIA’S annexation of Crimea has to be the most expensive real estate acquisition in history. [...]

Putin gains popularity and Crimea at 'huge cost' to Russia

Putin gains popularity and Crimea at 'huge cost' to Russia

What will be the costs of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine? Professor Stefan Hedlund [...]

Toxic smog is China’s price for economic success

Toxic smog is China’s price for economic success

MEDIA coverage of China’s mounting environmental degradation, notably horrendous air pollution, has [...]

How the West failed Ukraine - and Russia

How the West failed Ukraine - and Russia

THE CRISIS in Ukraine is about to change the global security architecture. The stand-off between [...]

China's ascent as spacefaring superpower

China's ascent as spacefaring superpower

THE NEXT frontier of military conflict will be space - and China is the nation likely to triumph, [...]

Russia uses subtle intimidation to control potential opponents

Russia uses subtle intimidation to control potential opponents

DOES Russia have political prisoners? The possibly surprising answer is – not really. The number of [...]

How Russia has changed its pattern of extending influence

How Russia has changed its pattern of extending influence

Why is Russia incorporating Crimea? Professor Stefan Hedlund: Well, this is really a [...]

Russia puts force before trade in the Arctic

Russia puts force before trade in the Arctic

GLOBAL warming has transformed the Arctic into a playing field for international conflict and [...]

Can Germany's Angela Merkel solve Ukraine-Russia crisis?

Can Germany's Angela Merkel solve Ukraine-Russia crisis?

FOR ALL its seeming complexities, the crisis in Ukraine is quite easy to comprehend. The key lies [...]

Could the West face up to Russia's military might?

Could the West face up to Russia's military might?

Russia has upgraded its military, whereas the West has made huge cuts. Can the West face up to [...]

Ukraine crisis: Talks, not posturing, needed to avert civil war

Ukraine crisis: Talks, not posturing, needed to avert civil war

THE CRISIS in Ukraine has entered a dangerous phase. Heavily armed Russian troops have seized [...]

The complexities of Ukraine's crisis - an East West tussle?

The complexities of Ukraine's crisis - an East West tussle?

Can the European Union afford to bail out Ukraine? Professor Stefan Hedlund: Well [...]

Ukraine peace talks: Deal is too little, too late

Ukraine peace talks: Deal is too little, too late

FACED with footage of carnage in Kiev, European leaders have finally been propelled into action. If [...]

Ukraine crisis: time for Russia and the West to step back?

Ukraine crisis: time for Russia and the West to step back?

THE CRISIS in Ukraine has entered a new and dangerous phase. Clashes between riot police and [...]

Fears of media clampdown once Sochi games are over

Fears of media clampdown once Sochi games are over

WITH THE Winter Olympics in Sochi well under way, the Russian authorities are delighting in [...]

College crisis restricts Russia’s economic growth

College crisis restricts Russia’s economic growth

RUSSIA has a long and proud tradition of achievement in higher education. The Soviet Union rested [...]

Russia's monotowns -  evidence of an increasingly obsolete economy

Russia's monotowns - evidence of an increasingly obsolete economy

THE RUSSIAN economy is in dire need of modernisation. But the bulk of the industrial base is [...]

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