China & Russia

Taking security seriously in the age of global terror

22 December 2015
The Wall Street Journal
As terrorists slip across borders and hide on the Internet, Europe and America must learn to share intelligence better.

On China's victory day, is Putin the loser?

02 September 2015
The Huffington Post
Russian President Vladimir Putin will be the guest of honour at China's Victory Day parade in Beijing on 3 September, just as President Xi Jinping was the guest of honour for Russia's parade in May.

Iran nuclear deal: After the nuclear deal, Iran is our "frenemy"

Rem Korteweg
17 July 2015
City A.M
Tuesday’s agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme is a momentous achievement, but only if it can be enforced and verified. Following the diplomatic deal in Vienna, Western governments should engage with Tehran, but also help to contain Iran’s growing influence in the region. 
While Tehran celebrates the upcoming removal of international sanctions,...

Beware the four horsemen circling Europe: Greece, Russia, migrants and the Brexit

Rem Korteweg
25 June 2015
The Independent
Four horsemen are stalking Europe: the Greek financial crisis; illegal migration in the Mediterranean; Russian aggression; and Britain's reform-or-Brexit threat.

Latvian Public Broadcasting: В Риге открываетса саммит "Восточного партнерства"

21 May 2015
Ian Bond speaks to Latvian Public Broadcasting about his low expectations of the Riga Summit (2:18).
В Ригу уже прибыли практически все лидеры. Помимо представителей стран восточного партнёрства, это и главы стран Евросоюза, включая президента Франции Француа Олланда, канцлера Германии Ангелы Меркель и премьера Великобритании Дэвида Кэмерона. Мы выходим на прямую связь с нашим корреспондентом Викторией Терентьевой.

The Eastern Partnership: On life support?

19 May 2015
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said in February that the EU’s meeting with its eastern partners in Riga this month would be a “survival summit”. The six partners are a disparate group – but the partnership is worth preserving. Here are five ways the EU can do so.

NATO: Guardian of peace or bellicose bully?

17 April 2015
Al Jazeera
Former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on whether the West's military alliance has reignited the Cold War.

Judy Asks: Should Western leaders attend Moscow’s WWII parade?

15 April 2015
Carnegie Europe
On May 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin will preside over the Moscow Victory Day Parade in Red Square, which will celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945. Carnegie Europe asked a group of experts whether Western leaders should attend the event.

Russia shows continuing ambitions in CEE with pipeline

Rem Korteweg
01 April 2015
Monitor Global Outlook
On March 12, Russia’s Stroytransgaz Group (SG) announced that it would be constructing a gas pipeline in the Republic of Macedonia. The company says the pipeline “will become part of a new gas pipeline system.”

Video interview on 'Frozen: The politics and economics of sanctions against Russia'

16 March 2015
Ian Bond and Christian Odendahl discuss Western sanctions against Russia and the findings of their latest policy brief.

Panel discussion on 'Consequences of the Year 2014 for the World Order'

06 March 2015
Ian Bond speaks on the panel, 'Consequences of the Year 2014 for the World Order', in Warsaw in March 2015.

Чего хочет Европа?

22 February 2015
Belarus TV
Чарльз Грант, директор Центра европейских реформ (Лондон): "Прежде всего, Европа очень благодарна Беларуси за её нейтральную позицию в украинском кризисе".

Эксперт о миротворцах на Донбассе: "Максимум, что может быть, – увеличение миссии ОБСЕ"

20 February 2015
Ian Bond explains why Ukraine's request for UN peacekeepers won't be met, but it may get more OSCE observers to monitor the ceasefire in the east (in Russian).

Minsk peace is an illusion

15 February 2015
The Moscow Times
It is easy to see the short-term imperative of the deal agreed in Minsk on February 12th for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko: His troops have been on the retreat since New Year's, as Russia has inserted more forces and equipment into eastern Ukraine.
France, Germany and Britain have all come out...

The former British ambassador in Latvia: the Cold War is already taking place (in Russian and Latvian)

13 January 2015
Эксклюзив: Вторая Холодная война уже идет, уверен бывший британский посол в Латвии