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Dialogue with Russia. Russia Needs to Reset Relations with the West.

Moscow’s resurgent foreign policy and the undemocratic rule of President Vladimir Putin ended the relatively friendly relations that had been possible between Russia and the West in the 1990s. In the seven years since Russia annexed Crimea and started a war of attrition against Ukraine, the security situation in the transatlantic region has continuously deteriorated. The Kremlin has demonstrated hostility towards the West, crises and security issues have continued to multiply instead of being resolved, and the risk of outright conflict has come close to Cold War peaks. There is an obvious and urgent need to lower tensions, but Moscow prefers to demonstrate its readiness to escalate.

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Scotch on the Rocks – Life After Brexit?

On 9-11 November 2017, Dr. Pauli Järvenpää, Senior Research Fellow at the ICDS, participated and contributed as a panelist to a seminar held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the theme of “Scotch on the Rocks – Life after Brexit?”.

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Theresa May’s Cynical Election Gambit

Theresa May’s announcement on Tuesday that she will seek a snap general election in June came a shock, particularly since she had regularly insisted that no such election would be necessary and that the current parliament would continue, as planned, until the spring of 2020. In her announcement, she claimed that the UK now needed the “certainty, stability and strong leadership” that her Government could provide, and that while the country was coming together, opposition in Parliament would obstruct her Government’s delivery of the Brexit referendum result.

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