This September, as Russia commemorates the 10th anniversary of the tragic Beslan terror attack, the U.S. mourns the victims of 9/11, and the whole civilized world is outraged at the executions of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State, it is time to remember that Russia and the West need each other to counter a real common threat: international terrorism.

However, due to the rapidly deepening disengagement between Russia and the West over Ukraine and the deepening “sanctions war,” bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation is almost non-existent. This RD Brief analyzes what it will cost us to neglect counter-terrorism cooperation for short-term geopolitical gains. The author is Nadezhda Arbatova of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO).

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