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VIDEO: Stanislav Byshok on Putin-Trump summit (RT Arabic)

President Trump had a cold shower once he returned home from the Helsinki summit with his Russian counterpart. Given the checks-and-balances US political system, Trump needs to find and maintain a balance between his desire to "get along with Putin" and the apparent bipartisan anti-Russia consensus in America. Read more about VIDEO: Stanislav Byshok on Putin-Trump summit (RT Arabic)

Stanislav Byshok on Putin's inaugural address (RT Arabic)

Putin's inaugural address delivered on May 7 was a light version of his March address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. The May speech was more directed towards domestic policy issues, including overcoming bureaucracy and other internal ills, and less confrontational towards the West. Read more about Stanislav Byshok on Putin's inaugural address (RT Arabic)

BYSHOK: In Russia we are united by the Russian language and culture

The primary bearers of Russian are ethnic Russians and peoples tied to them. Consequently, in the frameworks of Russia, the study of Russian must not be limited by anything, including the imposed need to study "national" [non-Russian] languages of certain republics of the country. Read more about BYSHOK: In Russia we are united by the Russian language and culture

Putin, Le Pen, and the book cover controversy

On March, 30 Stanislav Byshok, a political analyst at the CIS-EMO think tank (Russia), posted a cover of his brand new book "The New Europe of Vladimir Putin: The West's lessons for Russia" on his Facebook page. On the cover, there's a photo of Front National's Marine Le Pen and the Russian President shaking hands. Read more about Putin, Le Pen, and the book cover controversy

Stanislav Byshok's lecture at Brown University (April 12, 2016)

April 12, 2016, CIS-EMO political analyst Stanislav Byshok was invited by the Department of Slavic Studies to deliver a lecture on Russia-Ukraine relations at Brown University. The lecture was followed by Watson University's Senior Fellow Sergei Khrushchev's comments and a Q&A section.  Read more about Stanislav Byshok's lecture at Brown University (April 12, 2016)

Syria and the Danger of Moral Imperialism (Patrick J. Buchanan)

“Do you realize now what you have done?” So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. foreign policy that has produced a series of disasters in the Middle East that we did not need the Russian leader to describe for us. Read more about Syria and the Danger of Moral Imperialism (Patrick J. Buchanan)

The West should join with Vladimir Putin to defeat Islamic State (The Telegraph)

It now seems clear to me that the West’s incoherent and woefully misjudged response to Isil ranks as the greatest foreign policy disaster of the 21st century, greater even than the invasion of Iraq in 2003 where, whatever you might think about the decision, at least the coalition achieved its main objective of removing Saddam Hussein’s tyrannical regime. Read more about The West should join with Vladimir Putin to defeat Islamic State (The Telegraph)

Putin won his war in Ukraine (The Washington Post)

The war in Ukraine has slipped off the front pages. Eighteen months ago, when Russian President Vladimir Putin seized Crimea and then instigated a pro-Russian rebellion in the Donbas region, Ukraine was hot news. Putin was roundly denounced, and Russia was hit with damaging economic sanctions. Read more about Putin won his war in Ukraine (The Washington Post)

Life in Crimea: One year on from Russia's takeover (ВВС)

A year ago, reporting from Simferopol about the takeover of Crimea by Russia was a tense and difficult business. At any moment, as the gangs of activists who had flooded across the border swaggered through the city streets, violence seemed on the point of breaking out. Today, Simferopol is completely peaceful. Read more about Life in Crimea: One year on from Russia's takeover (ВВС)

Putin: Russia’s Last Remaining Pragmatist? (The National Interest)

Russian-American relations are at their frostiest levels since the cold war. Can the two sides reach an accommodation? Or are relations doomed to continue their downward spiral? Read more about Putin: Russia’s Last Remaining Pragmatist? (The National Interest)

It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not Putin (The Spectator)

Two great land powers face each other. One of these powers, Russia, has given up control over 700,000 square miles of valuable territory. The other, the European Union, has gained control over 400,000 of those square miles. Which of these powers is expanding? Read more about It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not Putin (The Spectator)

What if Putin were nice? (Politico)

As the international condemnation of Vladimir Putin and his actions continues unabated, I keep wondering: What if Putin were nice, rather than mean? What would a Nice Putin have done differently over the past decade and a half — or today? Read more about What if Putin were nice? (Politico)

Stratfor: The Intersection of Three Crises

Within the past two weeks, a temporary deal to keep Greece in the eurozone was reached in Brussels, a cease-fire roadmap was agreed to in Minsk and Iranian negotiators advanced a potential nuclear deal in Geneva. Squadrons of diplomats have forestalled one geopolitical crisis after another.  Read more about Stratfor: The Intersection of Three Crises

What Putin learned from Reagan (Foreign Policy)

Тhere was a great power that was worried about its longtime rival’s efforts to undermine it. Its leaders thought the rival power was stronger and trying to throw its weight around all over the world. In fact, this longtime rival was now interfering in places the declining state had long regarded as its own backyard.  Read more about What Putin learned from Reagan (Foreign Policy)

Putin's world: In it to win it (The American Interest)

The West’s inability to comprehend how Vladimir Putin sees the world means it has trouble thinking constructively about how to deal with him. Read more about Putin's world: In it to win it (The American Interest)