China & Russia

China risks turning into 'giant North Korea' says panda pundit

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
25 October 2013
The Independent
China experts Minxin Pei and Jonathan Fenby left a group of grizzled policy veterans open-mouthed with astonishment at a Westminster lunch by Centre for European Reform.
Minxin fears that China may be reverting to police-state Maoism, with self-criticism sessions making a comeback. The reforms are skin deep so far, and the...

Video interview on 'China 2025: Regime transition in China?'

22 October 2013
Charles Grant interviewed Minxin Pei, professor of government and the director of the Keck Centre for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College.

The Kremlin uses bully-boy tactics to keep other countries in the fold

17 October 2013
The New Statesman
Putin and his ministers were uncharacteristically polite about Barack Obama, welcoming co-operation with him over Syria’s chemical weapons.

Video interview on 'Is Russia's foreign policy changing?'

Charles Grant, Fyodor Lukyanov
09 October 2013
Charles Grant interviewed Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs and chairman of the Council for Foreign and Defence Policy, Moscow

Will Assad deliver for Putin?

Rem Korteweg, Judy Dempsey
18 September 2013
Carnegie Europe
Following a Russian initiative, Moscow and Washington have reached an agreement that calls for Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons to be removed or destroyed by mid-2014.

Obama w pułapce - Interview with Ian Bond

01 September 2013
Niepokoi mnie, że na Zachodzie wszyscy koncentrują się na tym, jak przeprowadzić atak na Syrię. Znacznie mniej jest dyskusji o tym, w jaki sposób może na to odpowiedzieć Asad – podkreśla brytyjski ekspert ds. międzynarodowych w rozmowie z Jędrzejem Bieleckim.

Esperanzas y obstáculos en Myanmar

Katinka Barysch
01 August 2013
Myanmar (antigua Birmania) tiene por delante un largo y difícil camino hasta alcanzar la estabilidad política, la democracia y el desarrollo económico. La esperanza es que Aung San Suu Kyi sea capaz de unir a la nación y encabezar las reformas necesarias tras las elecciones de 2015.

Navalny's sentence will influence the Russian economy

19 July 2013
Valdai Club
Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger was released from custody on Friday. Member of the Valdai discussion club Charles Grant discusses the new turn in the matter.
What will be the consequences of the conviction and verdict on Alexei Navalny for the Russian political system?
I think the main consequences...

The vulnerability of elites: Geopolitical risk in 2013

GAC members
21 January 2013
Global Agenda Council
Categorising the major themes, risks, opportunities, and wild cards—based on discussions of the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk in Dubai, November 2012.
GAC members: Ahn Ho-Young, Katinka Barysch, Ian Bremmer (GAC chair), John Chipman, Tina Fordham, Sumit Ganguly, Jin Canrong, Wadah Khanfar, Nader Mousavizadeh, Moisés Naím, Yoshiji Nogami, Volker Perthes, Douglas A....