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China and Russia blur lines on “division of labour” in exerting influence over Central Asia

China’s growing influence over Central Asian economics, politics and security at the expense of Russia—a topic that is revisited repeatedly given its essential strategic import—continues to grab the attention of the region’s geopolitical observers. One of the most recent iterations of this focus came in the form of a report by a Washington-based think tank, the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. 

Cryptocurrency will never replace gold

Mikhail Belyaev

There is no replacement for gold yet

Turkish nationalists lift spirits by Claw-Eagle operation

Ankara has started the next stage of the military operation Claw-Eagle in order to encourage its nationalist electorate with military success, RISS expert Vladimir Fitin says. The operation is being carried out in northern Iraq against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey.

US riots deepen American society's split

Ilya Kravchenko

Racism remains America's biggest problem

European Green Deal set to boost the EU economy

The European Green Deal is set to emerge new consumption and production patterns, which will boost the EU economy, RISS expert Mikhail Belyaev says. According to him, EU trillion-euro plan will make it possible to reduce CO2 emissions.

Businesses facing difficult times

“Coronavirus pandemic forces small-business owners to become more systematic, effective, and better at management. Trying to overcome the crisis, entrepreneurs are facing challenges now. But having your own business is a risk. Entrepreneurs must be flexible and be able to adapt to new economic and working conditions,” RISS expert Mikhail Belyaev outlined.

USA and NATO flex military muscle in Poland

Large-scale NATO's provocative military exercises, codenamed “Allied Spirit”, is set to launch on June 5 in Poland. The maneuvers in Poland are involved about 6,000 personnel from the USA. NATO stated that these massive military exercises were taking place instead of “Defender Europe 2020” that had been canceled over the coronavirus pandemic, RISS expert Sergey Yermakov explained.

US election campaign derailed by COVID-19 and protests

Sergey Mikhailov

America is running one of the most unconventional election campaigns

Trump's political career under threat due to mass riots

Ilya Kravchenko

Presidential election now depends on Trump’s next steps to ease tensions

Trump’s big anti-China speech: Much ado about nothing

Vyacheslav Kholodkov

Trump’s big anti-China speech was aimed at voters rather than changing something in relations with Beijing, RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov says. The basis for Trump’s actions was China’s decision to implement a national security law in Hong Kong. According to this law, Ministries of National Security will be opened in the special administrative region of Hong Kong in order to monitor activities directed at splitting the country and undermining stability.