Russia and Eurasia

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Russia 2018: a geopolitical World Cup

The FIFA World Cup in Russia, the sporting event with the largest TV audience, is helping to overcome the Putin regime’s international isolation, at least in the West. This is what the President was hoping for, with the second large-scale global event of this kind in Russia in the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 100 years after the Russian Revolution: central planning with big data?

At a time when the centenary of the Russian Revolution is being commemorated, it is worth asking what (even greater) degree of control and repression would the system have been able to attain had it had access to the instruments that the Internet and associated technologies now provide? In [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Is Russia really a threat?

We are not facing a new Cold War, a point that has been made in these posts before, but we are witnessing a more traditional bout of arm wrestling. There is no ideological confrontation, even if some populists, ranging from Donald Trump to Marine Le Pen, admire Vladimir Putin’s [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Careful about making Russia the enemy

  Can a country like Russia, whose population of 143 million is in decline, which has lost a sizeable part of its empire and whose income is falling in line with the price of oil and gas (which Europeans depend on) and other raw materials, really be an enemy [...]

Ukraine, Russia and the sanctions: ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’

Next July the European Union will decide whether it renews its economic sanctions against Russia. The sanctions are linked to the fulfilment of the Minsk II agreement, which contemplates a ceasefire and the introduction by the Ukrainian government of a parcel of constitutional reform measures designed to guarantee the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Putin and his supporters at Europe’s political extremes

Not only Russia, but Vladimir Putin himself, is gaining influential supporters in Europe. The political extremes –should they be called populists?–, especially on the right, are pro-Putin. To the left, the triumph of Syriza has reinforced Greece’s usual pro-Russian stance which, of course, also has a religious basis in [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Has Putin won?

The situation in the Ukraine is far from stable but may have started to be contained, although it could easily deteriorate, as shown by the enduring violence and the alleged delivery of Russian tanks to the eastern separatists, while there is a persisting risk of either side losing control [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Let’s ask… ‘The West and Russia: which way out of the Ukraine crisis?’

Global Spectator: Let’s ask…"The West and Russia: which way out of the Ukraine crisis?" Andrés Ortega asks Andrew Wilson (Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR) and Carmen Claudín (Senior Researcher, CIDOB). [...]

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