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Alexey Khlebnikov

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Alexey Khlebnikov is an expert on the Middle East. He graduated with both a BA and MA in International Relations from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod. As part of his Master’s and Ph.D. studies, he has made several research trips, including Syria (Aleppo University, Damascus University), Israel (Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Hungary (Central European University). He received his Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in the United States as an Edmund S. Muskie Scholar. Currently he is working towards his Ph.D. in international relations at Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod.

27.01.2017

Will the new round of Syria talks in Kazakhstan lead to anything different?

Will the new round of Syria talks in Kazakhstan lead to anything different?

At the latest round of Syrian peace talks, both the government and the opposition rebels pledged to uphold a shaky month-long ceasefire. But how much longer will it last?

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24.01.2017

Why the Turkish Stream pipeline could unite Russia, Turkey in Syria

Why the Turkish Stream pipeline could unite Russia, Turkey in Syria

For now, the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project appears to align the geopolitical goals of both Russia and Turkey, especially as it concerns their future cooperation in Syria

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14.12.2016

The Middle East riddle and Russia's role in it

The Middle East riddle and Russia's role in it

The future of Syria looks dim not just because of its internal problems but also because the entire system of international relations is experiencing a crisis

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01.12.2016

Does Putin really intend to restore the Soviet Union?

 Does Putin really intend to restore the Soviet Union?

RD Interview: Professor Richard Sakwa from the University of Kent talks about Russia’s foreign policy and explains why Russia is creating alternative regional institutions such as the Eurasian Economic Union

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21.11.2016

Can Belarus play a role in settling the Ukrainian crisis?

Can Belarus play a role in settling the Ukrainian crisis?

Debates: International experts discuss the possibility of fresh approaches to the conflict in Ukraine that involve the active participation of Belarus

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17.11.2016

Russia's relations with the West, through a neorealist filter

Russia's relations with the West, through a neorealist filter

RD Interview: University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer talks about the U.S., Russia and China and how relations among them matter for the international order

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16.11.2016

The Russian economy: Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

The Russian economy: Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

Despite a lack of structural reforms that will finally wean the Russian economy off its dependence on oil and gas, there are some encouraging signs for economic growth in 2017

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11.11.2016

The key concerns of Russian foreign policy heading into 2017

The key concerns of Russian foreign policy heading into 2017

RD Interview: Chatham House expert James Sherr explains how a variety of global crises, particularly in the Middle East and Ukraine, are impacting Russian foreign policy

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02.11.2016

The crisis of European identity and rapprochement with Russia

The crisis of European identity and rapprochement with Russia

Russia’s Ambassador to France Alexander Orlov talks about the nature of Russia-EU relations

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27.10.2016

What should Putin do next? Valdai experts offer suggestions

What should Putin do next? Valdai experts offer suggestions

Debates: Experts at the 13th Valdai Discussion Club meeting discuss what recommendations they would give President Putin in order to stabilize the world order

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25.10.2016

Russian experts debate the world of tomorrow in Valdai

Russian experts debate the world of tomorrow in Valdai

The 13th meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club focuses on the transformation of the international world order and the interplay of the three global powers: the U.S., Russia and China

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07.10.2016

How does Russia view the next UN Secretary General?

How does Russia view the next UN Secretary General?

Antonio Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal, will become the next UN Secretary General and Russian experts believe that Moscow is ready to work with him

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30.09.2016

The complexities of arming Ukraine with lethal weapons

The complexities of arming Ukraine with lethal weapons

Debates: Top experts explain what is behind new U.S. political efforts to send defensive lethal arms to Ukraine and what might be the possible implications

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29.09.2016

Increased Iranian oil production is no threat to Russia

Increased Iranian oil production is no threat to Russia

Recent OPEC decision indicates that a year after the Iranian nuclear deal, Tehran still lacks the capacity to increase its oil output and challenge major industry players, including Russia

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26.09.2016

Why a European Army is unlikely

Why a European Army is unlikely

RD Interview: Dmitry Danilov, head of the European Security Department at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, explains why a common European Army is far from reality

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24.09.2016

The pros and cons of a European Army

The pros and cons of a European Army

Debates: According to top experts, the prospects for a common European Army are unlikely to end up with any practical moves in this direction

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22.09.2016

The Middle East's time of troubles: The view from Russia

The Middle East's time of troubles: The view from Russia

A new report from a group of leading Middle East experts in Russia lays out the primary challenges facing the troubled region

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20.09.2016

What are the major security threats for Russia in Eurasia?

What are the major security threats for Russia in Eurasia?

With the changing geopolitical reality, the nature of the security threats facing Russia is changing as well. The majority of them are now coming from Eurasia rather than the West

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15.09.2016

What are the prospects for the Russia-US ceasefire in Syria?

What are the prospects for the Russia-US ceasefire in Syria?

For the second time this year, Russia and the U.S. have agreed on a Syrian ceasefire. However, the obstacles to its implementation are making its future success quite unlikely

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09.09.2016

Brexit, sovereignty and the changing European perspective on Russia

Brexit, sovereignty and the changing European perspective on Russia

RD Interview: Florent Parmentier of the School of Public Affairs at Sciences Po in Paris talks about Brexit’s consequences for Europe and sheds light on the current state of Europe-Russia relations

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