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Dmitry Polikanov

Biography

Vice President of The PIR-Center and Chairman of Trialogue International Club. Author of more than 100 publications on conflict management, peacekeeping, arms control, international relations and foreign policy. Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the International Sociological Association, the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center Research Council.

21.10.2016

Why a military conflict between Russia and the US is unlikely

Why a military conflict between Russia and the US is unlikely

The risk of a military conflict between Moscow and Washington has been overstated. However, both sides should think about prevention mechanisms to minimize the risk of accidents that could lead to an open conflict

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21.08.2016

Will Russia-Ukraine relations spiral out of control?

Will Russia-Ukraine relations spiral out of control?

Ukraine continues to provoke Russia into a military intervention. Thus far, cooler heads are prevailing

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14.08.2016

Resignation of Putin's chief of staff is just political routine

Resignation of Putin's chief of staff is just political routine

The resignation of Sergei Ivanov could be part of a broader political trend, in which Vladimir Putin looks to appoint new individuals who can gain experience now in order to guide the smooth transfer of power later

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13.07.2016

Understanding the real impact of Russia's new anti-extremism law

Understanding the real impact of Russia's new anti-extremism law

The recently signed package of anti-extremism amendments (the Yarovaya Law) aims to combat terrorism in Russia. Instead, it gives Russian law enforcement agencies additional power and mechanisms to clamp down on popular dissent

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19.05.2016

Was RBC a victim of Russia's siege mentality?

Was RBC a victim of Russia's siege mentality?

RBC may have failed to take into account the shifting moods of the Russian elite, which now views any media outlet as a potential foe during its ongoing confrontation with the West

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21.04.2016

Why does Russia's top investigator push for confrontation with the West?

Why does Russia's top investigator push for confrontation with the West?

The head of Russia’s Investigative Committee has publicly called for a tightening of law and order within Russia and a more vigorous response to the West’s “hybrid war.” But will the Kremlin listen?

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15.04.2016

Putin's 'Direct Line' was surprising for how unsurprising it was

Putin's 'Direct Line' was surprising for how unsurprising it was

There were few surprises in this year’s “Direct Line” with President Vladimir Putin. Foreign policy issues took up little of the agenda, as Russia’s citizens appeared much more concerned with economic and social issues and a return to stability and consistency

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14.04.2016

Would the Kremlin prefer Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?

Would the Kremlin prefer Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?

U.S. presidential frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are likely to pursue completely different approaches toward Russia if elected president. For now, the Kremlin is taking a pragmatic look at both candidates

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30.03.2016

Making sense of the Kremlin's move to restrict educational exchanges

Making sense of the Kremlin's move to restrict educational exchanges

There’s a reason why the Kremlin is becoming increasingly suspicious toward educational exchanges and shutting down some prominent programs – it’s all part of the Kremlin’s new international mindset that emphasizes self-sufficiency

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18.12.2015

Putin's press conference: A modest rapprochement with the West?

Putin's press conference: A modest rapprochement with the West?

During his annual press conference, Presdient Putin appeared to soften Russia's rhetoric about Syria and Ukraine, and even suggested that some sort of reconciliation might be possible with the people of Turkey, Georgia and Ukraine

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09.11.2015

Why Russia and the West won't be teaming up against ISIS anytime soon

Why Russia and the West won't be teaming up against ISIS anytime soon

Russia and the West fundamentally differ in their interpretations and responses to the crash of a Russian civilian airliner in Egypt. As a result, they are losing another opportunity to unite against the global threat posed by ISIS

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30.09.2015

The food blockade of Crimea only hurts Ukraine, not Russia

The food blockade of Crimea only hurts Ukraine, not Russia

Attempts at a food blockade of Crimea appear to be nothing more than a stunt coordinated by the Kiev authorities that may actually end up hurting Ukraine more than it hurts Russia

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28.09.2015

Putin’s UN speech: Big on ideas, short on details

Putin’s UN speech: Big on ideas, short on details

Russian President Vladimir Putin laid out Russia’s displeasure with the global order, but offered no specific solutions

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20.09.2015

What the closure of the American Center means for Russia

What the closure of the American Center means for Russia

Concerns about the closing of the American Center in Moscow appear to be overblown. Russia is still open to new ideas and the constructive role that can be played by soft power

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20.07.2015

The MH17 tragedy has become a geopolitical game

The MH17 tragedy has become a geopolitical game

The call for an international tribunal to investigate the MH17 tragedy is yet another attempt by the West to sway public opinion about Russia

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01.07.2015

Samantha Smith: A shining example of soft power

Samantha Smith: A shining example of soft power

This week a legendary American girl who helped bring the U.S. and the Soviet Union closer together would have celebrated her 43rd birthday. She is a symbolic reminder that people-to-people contact can play a big role in bilateral relations

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26.05.2015

What's behind the Kremlin's phobia of foreign NGOs?

What's behind the Kremlin's phobia of foreign NGOs?

The new law on “undesirable organizations” is just the latest attempt by the Kremlin to limit the activities of foreign NGOs on Russian soil. Some even warn that the law may be an attempt to prevent a color revolution in 2016

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14.05.2015

Kerry's Sochi visit: Not yet a new reset

Kerry's Sochi visit: Not yet a new reset

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Sochi has the potential to change the tone in U.S.-Russia relations and turn down the tensions provoked by the so-called “information war” - but only if both sides act quickly

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30.04.2015

The inconvenient truth about Russia's Ukrainian refugees

The inconvenient truth about Russia's Ukrainian refugees

As the flow of refugees from Eastern Ukraine increases to the southern regions of Russia, the indignation of locals – who are becoming more and more reluctant to host Ukrainians – is also growing. Can it lead to social tensions and give another impetus to end the Ukrainian crisis?

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18.04.2015

Putin's 'Direct Line' did not offer any direct solutions

Putin's 'Direct Line' did not offer any direct solutions

While President Putin continues to show remarkable understanding of what’s happening in the international arena, there is growing concern that he may be letting Russia’s domestic problems drift without developing any long-term strategy for addressing them

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