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2010, №91, Security Index

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Issue: №91
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SECURITY INDEX

Russian Journal on International Security

No. 2 (91), Spring 2010

FROM THE EDITOR

“Invitation to the Negotiation Table.” In his Editorial, Vladimir Orlov analyzes the future of the Russian initiative – the European Security Treaty – and the ways to ensure its practical implementation. The author believes that Moscow should not limit its efforts to the European capitals, but should also try to involve the Russian allies in the post-Soviet space and offer an attractive model to them.

INTERVIEWS

Anne Pringle: “Nuclear Weapon States Are to Exercise Moral and Political Leadership on Disarmament.” In her interview with the Security Index journal the HM ambassador to Russia analyzes the role of the U.K. in the area of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament and its national strategy in the multilateral process of nuclear disarmament. She also dwells on the role of NGOs in this area.

Key words: NPT Review Conference, nuclear disarmament, multilateral approaches.

Igor Bratchikov: "Its Non-Bloc Approach Allows Switzerland to Play an Important Role on the European Continent." Russian-Swiss relations have long become a most important link in Russia's relations not only with European countries but with the whole of the international community. Switzerland has supported Russia's initiative for a new European security architecture, is drawing up proposals for strengthening the nonproliferation regime. Would it be possible to say that our relations have entered a new level? What role can these relations play in promoting Russia's initiatives in the sphere of security? Will Switzerland support Russia at the Sochi Olympics in 2014?

Key words: Russian-Swiss relations, Switzerland, nuclear disarmament, Sochi Olimpics 2014.

ANALYSES

Yury Fedorov,Turkmenistan: Change Is Coming?” The author assesses the current regime in Turkmenistan and its sustainability from the point of generation change and clan wars. He gives a detailed description of the key political and law enforcement figures in the Turkmen establishment and tries to forecast the developments in political and economic sphere in the country.

Key words: Central Asia, Turkmenistan, clan wars.

Mikhail Yakushev, “Internet Governance: Politics and Geopolitics.” One of the leading Russian IT experts and Chairman of the PIR Center Executive Board speculates on the history of Internet regulations and the current debate on domains and the role of ICANN. The author concludes that the issues of Internet governance and network address space become more and more politicized and related to national security.

Key words: Internet governance, cyber security, ICANN.

VIEWPOINTS

Murat Laumulin, Farkhod Tolipov, “Uzbekistan and Kazakshtan: A Race for Leadership.Two researchers from Central Asia discuss the historical, economic and geopolitical aspects of alleged rivalry between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan for the leadership in the region. Both conclude the race for leadership is a myth, while the countries should not become the hostages of Great Powers, but should rather focus on regional integration. This would help them to manage better their scarce resources and achieve independence from global players, while maintaining cooperation with them.

Key words: Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, race for leadership, regional integration.

COMMENTARY

Kseniya Smertina, “Reform of the European Security Architecture: Russian Proposals and European Context.” The author looks at the ways of building new European security architecture and promoting the Russian initiative on the European Security Treaty. She believes that the document has many flaws and this is why its assessment in European capitals differs. However, the initiative as such may become a powerful engine for the Russian diplomacy in promoting stability in Europe.

Key words: European security, Russia-EU relations, Russian initiative.

Maria Teploukhova, “Russia and International Organizations in the Asia Pacific: Agenda for the Russian Far East.” “The development of the Russian Far East, as well as other Asian parts of Russia, is ambiguous – the regions are quite heterogeneous from the point of life standards and economic progress. However, it is quite clear that the area is not competitive on external markets – it significantly lags behind the economies of the Asia Pacific. Taking into account that the latter advance faster than the rest of the world, it is necessary to assess the new role of the Russian Far East and the security prospects of this area,” writes the author.

Key words: Asia Pacific, Russia, Far East, regional integration.

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BOOK REVIEWS

Jorge Ferrer, “Castro (Almost) by Castro.” The author dwells on the biography of Fidel Castro and Cuban-Soviet relations as a key point of the Cuban foreign policy. He presents his views on the developments in the Cuban-Russian relations and the recent evolution of ties between Havana and Washington, which become more and more connected with trade.

Key words: Cuban-Soviet relations, Castro, biography.

Anastasia Ponamareva, “The Politics of History in Russian-Ukrainian Relations.” “Will the Holodomor delusion turn out to be just one of Ukraine's transitory growing pains in the process of its consolidation? That will depend not just on the Ukrainians themselves, but also on the reaction of the international community, and on whether the key players on the international arena will try to use this delusion for their own purposes,” believes the author, who reviews the book about politicizing of history and the issue of Holodomor.

Key words: Soviet history, Russian-Ukrainian relations, Holodomor.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Vladimir Dvorkin, “Compromise in Threat Assessment.

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